Have you experienced long months of unsuccessful job-hunting? Career Marketer's sales pitch works well for vulnerable people looking for a new job. They promise you they will provide all expertise necessary for you to land on a new job, and untapped job sources "only" available to clients.
After an enticing sales demonstration, I really believed in their expertise and promises to help me in a career change. I went home and got my credit card, after a half-hour, I was back in office to pay for their services, nearly $6,000 was paid for this service.
During the first month of process, all materials and workshop made sense to me, but it was not until I went further in the program, researched their web site, evaluated sales pitch with reality, and their efforts on my job network, then I realized I was duped into signing the contract.
One of the reasons I signed-up with them was accessibility to an untapped job sources only available to clients. Later, when I had this access, all information contained in this web page is available for free to public such as: CareerMosaic.com, JobFactory.com, Hoovers.com, DunAndBradstreet.com, etc. Also they asked me to search for employers through Yellow Pages.
BHA stated that I had 80% chances to have a refund of fee I paid from a future employer. Later, I found out this is in forms of sign-in bonus or salary increase. If is a salary increase, I'm earning it! I believe is not a refund.
Another major disappointment was they claim they are not an employment agency, yet they tried to match me with more than six jobs, all of which did not fulfill my career goals, clearly explained to BHA.
BHA told me they had network ability to position me straight with hiring decision makers. Also they said: With my great skills, an employer could even create a position for me, pay for relocation and tuition for future MBA. It sounded just what I was looking for, if they had abilities to connect with right employers. But, it was totally up to me to search, contact, request, write, negotiate simply do all job-hunting myself.
So what do they offer? A book called " How to Negotiate Your Salary," a workbook, few hours assessing your career goals, a seminar showing how to navigate through their web site, mock interviews, and how to knock on employers door in a hope to find a job (called referral interviews).
On February 2000, I called the director of client services, expressing clearly details of my dissatisfaction; he threatened to hang-up the phone saying, You did not go far enough in the process to see it works!
Hundreds of complaints have been filed nationwide with several state Attorney General offices. In the state of Kansas and Ohio, there are more than 50 complaints.
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