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Avoiding Career Management Scams | Job Search Radio

EP 272 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers a few warning signs to help you avoid career management scams.


There are firms out there who are very happy to separate you from your money. There are also firms who do very good work; I'm not going to provide testimonials here. After all, some people tell me they had successes and other people have not. I happen to do coaching, as well. Some people had terrific success with me. I'm sure others would say, "He's okay."

At the end of the day, there are signals that you can look for to know that there are firms that you should avoid like the plague.

For example, if there is a firm that guarantees your results (they guarantee that you get a job),... I'm going to do this life. Jeff Foxworthy would… If there is a career management firm that guarantees that they will find you a job, this is probably a scam.

If they have to have a check right now, this is probably a scam.

If they only have one way of doing things, one package, one price,, one set of service offerings, this is probably a scam.

At the end of the day, you will probably need coaching because you probably been so involved with your work that you haven't really paid attention to how to find work. It's good to have someone who can prod you and push you and encourage you and kick you if you need a kick in the derrière.

Whether you use me (you can find out more about me at or you use someone else, I thought I would just give you a couple of warning signs about things to avoid.

At the end of the day, more than anything, get the advice that you need. See if there is a policy where they will refund if you're not happy after a week or so.

See if you can relate to the person that you will be speaking with. Do they seem like the kid in the office who seems like they had been doing this for about an hour or are they a veteran professional?

No matter what, find someone that you're comfortable speaking with who can understand your particular needs and avoid the ones that like I joked about earlier.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.


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