Resume mills spin bulldust

Time to take out the trash

Lets talk about resume mills because there is one which states it operates in of Adelaide but is based interstate (they’ve black hatted Google Maps).

A resume mill  – usually a franchise – has a call centre and has hired some uni students or faceless people to flog their writing services in packages.

They call these packages something like, ‘the diamond package’, ‘the gold package’ or ‘the silver package.’ Often, they’re the same thing: a resume, a cover letter and a LinkedIn site.

They cut and paste pre-written text in to resumes and cover letters – which they’ve done thousands of times before – which do incredible brand damage to their clients.

Recruiters easily spot them and most are never read.

Their business often has the name of the city in their title such as Resumes Adelaide or Adelaide CV, even though they may be operating 1000 kilometres away.

They know nothing about the local employment conditions. They know nothing about new businesses being established or current events in Adelaide or South Australia.

Their products are littered with spelling and grammar mistakes. Many are non-sensical. They use free design templates from Google.

Even their websites have spelling and grammar mistakes. One can’t spell the words ‘professional’ or ‘privacy’.

Many of their Google reviews are written by employees or friends of employees. Their reviews are old and every now and then an angry client will leave a stinging review such as:

“This is a complete work of fiction. You can’t go making things up”

Avoid them like the plague.

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Malcolm builds expert resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles, which unleash an unbeatable business case to promote you as a ‘must have’ asset to an employer.