All companies want to make a profit–unless they’re a nonprofit! It’s a fair business goal. However, when you’re planning a job search, you should avoid companies that value profit over integrity. Why? Partly to protect your job search (and your career) from deception, abuse of trust, and more.
If you engage with employers or job-service promoters that lack integrity, you place your professional well-being at risk.
Some time ago, I mentioned job-service promoters that value money so much they exclude integrity as a consideration. It related to information published in an Ask The Headhunter blog post by Nick Corcodillos. Now he has provided a recent update: FTC Halts Fake Jobs & Resume Repair Operation. Although the FTC case is in progress and things could change, here’s information provided in the post:
FTC Halts Fake Job Opportunity and Resume Repair Operation
Alleges defendants tricked consumers into paying advance fees of up to $2,500 for placement and resume services for jobs that did not exist
February 25, 2019
The Federal Trade Commission charged two companies and their owner with bilking hundreds of thousands dollars annually from consumers for sham job placement and resume repair services. A federal court halted the scheme and froze the defendants’ assets at the FTC’s request.
Sadly, I’ve seen stories indicating that such companies exist. They subject job seekers to rudeness and misinformation. For example, they use a bait-and-switch approach that makes a job opportunity sound much better than it is. In some cases, they withhold background information that might prompt you to reject a job offer. While some actions involve outright dishonesty and deception, others boil down to behavior that’s legal but not ethical.
Maybe you can’t expect companies to share all their secrets with you as a job seeker. However, you should expect them to share information that might affect your decision to accept or reject an offer. If they won’t do that or they avoid responding to questions you pose, ask yourself why.
Above all, ask this: Why would I want to work for them if they treat people that way?
Certainly, start by using caution in dealing with all organizations that involve your job search. Research them if you don’t know them well. Key point: Consider the source. If you read something that praises a company highly, check out who’s saying it. Were they paid in some way? Did they have an axe to grind? Can you find supporting information from other, reliable sources?
Meanwhile, remember the old adage: “if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!”
In short, a company that doesn’t act honestly, based on principles strongly linked to integrity, doesn’t deserve your trust or respect. Take your job search “business” elsewhere.