Complaint / review text:
A few weeks ago i posted my resume on monster. The next day i received and email from CTC stating that they have a position available and that i needed to fax them a current resume... Which i did. A few days later i received several voice messages from their receptionist stating that a company saw my resume and was interested in interviewing me right away for the position i was looking for. When i returned the call i asked for some information about the company but she wouldn't provide any and stated that they keep their client's information confidential. I thought it was a little strange but figured there was a specific reason why the company wanted to be descrete.
So, i took a day off from my current job and went down to meet with a guy named "Larry Rose". He was more of a "peach" if you ask me. They asked me to complete a questionare filled with very personal information about my financial situation. Again i thought that was strange so i only completed a few areas.
After that, larry and i went to his office and began the "interview". After some small talk, he started critiquing the format of my resume. Then he started asking me questions about what kind of career i was interested in. I told him i was interested in learning more about the company that was interested in me??? I thought i was there for an interview???
Then he began to illustrate on a dry eraser board how the "system" works. I let him go on for a little while before asking him to explain how that applies to my situation. He then told me that we needed to re-format my resume to target a specific job position. I have over 18 years experience in my current field of aviation. I've been in upper management pretty much my whole career. I didn't need anyone telling me how to format a resume of conduct myself in an interview. They might want to follow some of the advice they dispence.
I played along and agrred to re-formatting my resume. I asked him who paid for the services he was talking about. Guess who? That's right... ME! Here's pretty much how the conversation went:
me: "ok larry, how much do your services cost?"
larry: "for your particular situation you'll be looking at around $5,000".
Me: "ARE YOU KIDDING ME!"
larry: "well, we like to bid high and bill low"
me: "let me get this straight, i came here for an interview for a job and you want to charge me for your services?"
I think you get how the rest of the conversation went...
To put it in a nut shell, they pulled my personal information from monster and called me down to their office for an interview with a company they said saw my resume and was very interested in me. After getting there i realize there was no "company" that saw my resume and the whole ploy was to get me into their office so they could give me the $5,000 sales pitch.
Not a bad way to make money because if they couldn't find you a job they could just claim that the market is tough right now. I think i'd have better odds by taking my $5,000 to vegas for a weekend!