I dodged a Scam Bullet today.
Yesterday, I was contacted by an unnamed 'career advising firm', who wanted to get together for an 'informational session.' Thinking they were a recruiter I had sent a resume into over the past couple of weeks, I figured what the heck and set up an appointment for today.
So I go in. Their office is located on the 10th floor, in the conspicuously labelled "Suite 1000". There were no markings in the lobby.. just a shared reception area.
"Greg" comes out, walks me to my office, and I basically spend a half hour or so listening to how my resume sucks, and is currently sitting in the shredder, how they don't work with HR departments or managers, but the CEOs and Presidents of companies... boasts of a 97% 'success' rate... how they've been operating since 1947... how 80% of jobs aren't advertised, and 42% of jobs are created positions, etc...
I'm told that this company is very selective about who they work with, and how I'll be 'coached' along by a career advisor to find a better job...
And, finally, by the end of the meeting, I'm told that there will be a small fee, that he'll get "Sharon" to get down as far as she can -- but he won't discuss how much the fee is. He tells me that he wants me to fill out a couple forms to match my skills up to available positions, and that he'll schedule another meeting with my spouse.
I won't lie - I was tempted to talk to them some more, find out what the fee was, etc. The scam is a good one, for sure. Before I did, however, I took "Greg"'s advice and started researching the company. What I found shocked the hell out of me -- Google Groups is filled with nothing but stories of how people were scammed by this company.
At this point -- lesson learned. I'll not be talking with them again - or any 'career advisor' for that matter.