I am actively seeking new employment and I received this email:
Your resume was presented to me by our research staff for a search that we were recently working on. Although you have a marketable background, it was not a match for this assignment. Should there be other opportunities in the future, we will immediately re-contact you.
If you are actively engaged in a job search, you may want to contact LES. They are an aggressive research team that supports the national search efforts of search firms, consulting firms and end users and they have a program for active job seekers as well.
You can give Elizabeth Johnston a call at 312/533-2203.
Sara Bloom Research Associate
I didn't recall submitting an application through Pembrook Partners, so I emailed Sara to ask her which position she was talking about. I didn't hear from her, which I chalked up to rudeness. I did a web search for "LES" and found nothing, so I decided to call.
I spoke to Elizabeth Johnston and she sent me some information on the reverse search process and a service agreement. For $1845 I would receive a list of 100 contacts and for another $200 they would address and mail the cover letters and resumes for me. Elizabeth assured me that 85% of her clients obtained 10 interviews and a job from the first 100 contacts. I received an email followup 3 days later, and when I didn't respond to that I received a phone call from Elizabeth and she really pushed me to sign up. She offered me a "complimentary" session with my team leader and I agreed.
Lucky for me I found these Ripoff Reports. I was dismayed to see that I had received the same email that was sent out in 2007. I am not sure what part Pembrook Partners plays in this, if any.
When my team lead, Jim Johnston called me this afternoon I asked him about these reports and the conversation ended.