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Do you need your CV rewritten?

On the face it using a CV writing service is a worthwhile option for the many thousands of candidates who need help, however since the advent of the internet the on line recruitment industry has been exposed to some dubious if not illegal activities relating to this type of offering.

The biggest problem has been bogus job advertisements posted on a job board which will attract many applications from candidates. The candidates who have forwarded their CVs are then approached by the bogus advertiser who explains to them that they have a very good background which is most suitable for the advertised role. They are then informed that they would stand more chance in being asked to attend an interview if their CV was more professionally written and recommends using a professional CV writing service. He then asks if the candidate knows of any companies offering this service and if not he can recommend one.

The candidate at this stage has a dilemma, does he let his CV go forward without any changes and risk the chance of not going forward to the next stage of the interview or does he use a CV writing service and increase his chances in the interview process. The candidate has no reason not to believe the recommendation of the bogus recruiter and therefore makes the decision to contact the CV writing company.

At this stage it is important to point out that there are many reputable CV writing services in the recruitment industry but in our case study the bogus advertiser will be recommending a company which they own. The candidate then contacts the recommended CV writing service and is informed that the cost to rewrite his CV by an industry expert will be £350 (approx).

In truth what happens is that the CV writing service is the advertiser of the job and the object of the exercise is to dupe the candidate into purchasing the CV writing service. In most cases the CV will be re-written professionally. The candidate is then informed several weeks later that the employer has decided to appoint internally and the candidate is left with a well written CV at a cost of £350.

When approached regarding this practice the CV writing company denies all knowledge of the bogus company and claims that they were approached by the candidate and have performed a service which the candidate requested. The bogus recruiter will leave his website up for a month and then take it down and put up another website for a month and so on and so forth. On the website there is usually only an email and mobile phone contact and the offices are not real offices but the address of some serviced offices.

If a CV writing service is the type of service a candidate feels he wishes to use then our advice is to check out other CV writing services alongside the one being recommended and at the same time be "alarmed " if there is no office telephone number.

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