A few months ago, I created a bogus career profile and signed up for VisualCV in order to review their services for you. Since then, every now and again, I get a variety of emails from them in which they basically encourage me to keep their services top-of-mind. Yesterday, however, I received a full-on sales pitch from them telling me that, based on my executive -level profile, I’m eligible to join BlueStep — an “exclusive” opportunity. Here’s how the pitch read:
BlueSteps is a service provided by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), the worldwide professional association for retained executive search firms and a recommended partner of VisualCV. Membership provides you with a unique connection to the most exclusive executive search firms worldwide – over 300 firms in 70 countries. These search firms handle over 50,000 senior level recruitment assignments each year for leading organizations, and these firms use BlueSteps as a key source for candidates. No other career management service can give you a more effective and efficient presence in the databases searched by these firms and BlueSteps is uniquely focused on the needs of senior talent like yourself.
Membership to BlueSteps allows you to:
- Securely upload your resume and confidentially expose your career details to over 6,000 global executive search professionals
- Learn how executive search consultants work and how you can best work with them to enhance your career
- Build working relationships with executive search consultants by researching and targeting retained search firms by industry, job function, or region
- Stay informed of executive job market trends, news and research via the BlueSteps Career Channel
- Receive the acclaimed ‘BlueSteps Executive’ newsletter for career guidance and insight into the executive search community.
After some additional digging, I found that to join, you pay either $269 or $399, depending on the level of service you choose. One of the supposed “bonuses” of the $399 package is you receive a guide to understanding executive recruiting. I can’t really understand why anyone would really want or need this. But, more important the premise of this service is seriously flawed. First of all — how can they say that, if you sign up your resume will be confidentially sent to over 6,000 executive recruiters in 300 firms? Doesn’t the fact that it’s going out to 6000 people make it inherently not confidential? I also don’t see the value in sending my resume to recruiters in 70 countries. When it comes to working with recruiters, less is definitely more. Choose a few recruiters that are in your field, meet with them and decide whether they are the kind of people you want to work with and can trust. This service is not about helping you, it’s about making a buck. Buyer beware.