Glassdoor Topresume.com promotion: honest sales pitch or something more sneaky?
Not having changed jobs in many years but thinking of finally attempting it, I took up Glassdoor's offer to have a person at Topresume look at mine.
I wasn't at all surprised to see the paid services they offer -- that's what you typically see at the end of a free trial of anything. There were three tiers: a basic one for $179, a middle one that was only $40 more (it felt like we were being steered to this one), and a deluxe package including LinkedIn optimization for $319.
Even my not-so-high-TC self might be interested in the deluxe package; that's still just over two days' wages, which could be a good investment.
What made me suspicious was their presentation of an inside look at the automatic screening software that companies these days use. Despite my resume having the word "Employment:", then a line break, then the name of my only employer, the software supposedly thinks I do not have any job at all; there was a big blank space and commentary about how I don't seem to have a job and "this is very bad!".
It felt like they were trying to scare people into using their service. The classic "tell them about a problem they didn't know they had, then sell them the solution at an exorbitant price" salesman's scam.
How honest are these people? I'm under no obligation to attempt to change jobs and can't see what I could do differently on my resume to make the screening software understand that I'm employed. Surely that part is a lie to drum up business... Right?