TheLadders, an online job board and career coaching service that caters to job seekers who earn more than $100,000, has just introduced a new service that for $2,495, promises to refund clients who don’t get an offer for a new job within six months. My initial impression of the service, which TheLadders calls “Signature:” Job seekers should proceed with caution, no matter how appealing it may seem to be offered a money-back guarantee…Read More. ~Susan Adams: Getting Ahead~Forbes.
I think it’s important to understand that this is essentially retail outplacement which is a difficult proposition. Whether the buyer is spending $250 or $2,500, and no matter the fine print, the expectation is that an acceptable job will be found within a specified time frame. That task involves many uncontrolled variables leveraged by high expectations, and a certain degree of desperation. One company that was involved in this type of work was Bernard Haldane and Associates. Here are 247 lawsuits filed under fraud and deceptive business practices during a relatively short period of time…Check it out.