JobFox: Fastest Growing Job Site SCAM in America
Imagine… you are searching for a job in a painfully slow economy and resort to using every available outlet — job boards, newspapers, networking, etc.
You stumble onto yet another job site where you create a login and even input all of your resume information for the 100th time.
This process can easily take up 45 mins to an hour of your time and a full day’s worth of work if you are really committed. The phrase “finding a job is a job” begins to really take shape!
The next job you may want to apply for is at Jobfox.com, a job search and career networking website packed with major employers including Macys, Aflac, Wal-mart, A&E, and Comcast.
Oh cool, you can import your LinkedIn profile! However the excitement quickly fades when 90% of the information from your LinkedIn profile imports into all of the incorrect fields.
“Great, I guess this is just like every other job site!” As you manually correct this error, JobFox.com will conveniently begin to dig further into your last nerve by smacking their premium service ads in your face every time you save something.
It gets better! Now that you have finally applied to your dream job, you are exhausted and decide to take a break.
It’s an email from Jobfox telling you that they would like to review your resume for free for you!
Don’t worry, if you don’t take up the offer now, they will fill your inbox everyday from that day forward with the same request.
Now, it’s about to get real good! You may decide to unsubscribe from these emails, but if you do, prepare for Jobfox to take it to the next level.
You will receive the resume review (that you did not ask for or authorize).
At first glance, it almost appears that the automated “critique” really is tailored to you.
Their system is even designed to pull out parts of your resume as examples of where you screwed up. Clever, JobFox!
If you are smart though, you’ll realize that the review of your resume probably does not match what’s actually in your resume… at all.
In fact, the whole objective of this is to get you to say to yourself, “I am searching for a job but have $399.00 or even $799.00 lying around for someone to redo my resume!”
No really, those are the prices on the offer page you will see as you may also be shitting all over yourself.
To encourage you to make the investment now, we are offering our best price on our resume writing services in the first 5 days after you view your resume evaluation. Save $100 off our price of $399, a 25% discount. In addition, we are the only resume service that offers the option to pay for your resume in installments. We spread the cost over six months to make our service affordable for everyone.”
You just spent hours tweaking a profile to have your time completely wasted, your inbox spammed, and your information compromised. But do not fret, you are not alone.
“I’ll admit, at first I wasn’t reading too closely. It was long, so I started skimming. This was the first thing I saw:
Your design is very flat…by way of example, it’s like the difference between a professionally printed brochure, and one that was done at home and printed on an inkjet printer.”
“Ouch. That seemed unnecessarily harsh. “They must be trying to sell me something,” I thought. But I kept skimming. And it just kept going. I kept reading, waiting to find the part where they want me to pay them something, but all I found was an endless sea of criticism. After awhile I forgot that I ever thought it was a scam.”
I found [your resume] to be drab, uninspiring, and unlikely to catch anyone’s attention…For people at your skill level, I’m used to seeing much stronger visual appeal…I concluded that much of the information was superficial …[If I were a hiring manager] I wouldn’t remember you…you come across as a “doer” not an “achiever.”
“Then I read:
Most people are like you – they struggle to put themselves down on paper effectively, but that’s where we come in….The Jobfox Deluxe Package includes…”
Oh, thank God! It was a scam after all! I suddenly started breathing easier, knowing I could completely disregard everything they said. (Not only that, after careful inspection, I found a lot of their claims to be demonstrably false.)”
“Dear Jobfox’s Resume Critiquer Madeline Willis,
Can you imagine my feeling upon waking this morning to find an email from you, Madeline Willis Candidate Service Consultant, detailing in 1,900 words (I counted) exactly how crappy and horrible my resume is? Madeline! I submitted my resume around 3 pm yesterday, EST, and according to the time stamp on the email you replied by 1:53 AM. You must have stayed up all night combing my resume and writing nearly two thousand words about it!
You know I just lost my job right? And that’s why I searched for new jobs on your website. Mind you, it took me a good two hours to get through uploading my resume and filling out a couple of stupid questionnaires before I could actually LOOK for anything.”
“It looks like you have joined the thousands of people out there who have gotten a critique from Jobfox – most of them don’t come from the same person. It’s all computer generated, they don’t even look at the resume.
I hate to tell you this, but trying to call or write does no good. I’ve tried. I have emailed, called and twittered – but no. It’s a scam.
There are several people out there who are reporting the company to the Better Business Bureau. Some are mad enough that they are calling state’s attorney office because this company will not respond to requests to have their “advantage” cancelled.
Good luck with your job search. It’s tough out there!”
Commenter on appappeal.com:
“JOBFOX is a fraudulent job board. They prey on the unemployed. My name is Henry. I live in Los Angeles, CA. I asked jobfox to cancel my membership within 1/2 hour of receiving their “Welcome” message. They did not acknowledge the cancelation. They proceeded to charge my credit card 4 days later. I tried again repeatedly. They acknowledge my request to cancel but they still drag their feet about the refund. I still don’t have a refund after 2 months of trying. No phone number to call. No real person to talk to. Their website is a scam. WARNING: STAY AWAY FROM JOBFOX. Spread this warning around so that others don’t fall victim to their practices.”
@kef1789 on Twitter:
relieved that #JobFox resume critique is a scam. I knew I wouldn’t use passive tense in a resume. #fail”
The scam continues
The opinion website amplicate.com rates the Jobfox.com “hate” to be 78%. To counter the outrage, Jobfox has taken to flooding the “Jobfox scam” Google search with their own articles refuting the claim.
While many employers and job boards are still using this service, your voice can contribute to bringing this atrocious targeting of jobseekers to an end.
A huge thank you to Lauren Chow (@jobseeker_LChow), a third-year law student working at a firm which works with EEOC discrimination complaints.
Have you been scammed by Jobfox.com?