Last year, I send my CV for a job advertised by Recruitment and Development Solutions (RDS). I instantly received a phone call from a very slick salesman, Nick Jellyman, who told me to ever be considered for such a job (of which they apparently had many) I have to do a short course through the company.
I should have smelled a rat, but the course wasn’t too expensive, so I enrolled. Needless to say the course didn’t teach me anything I didn’t already knew, but I assumed the certificate would open doors for me. Literally a month after the course finished the company went into liquidation.
I emailed the director, Kerri Farrington, to find out what is happening with all the jobs they had and where the certification was accredited. With the company not existing anymore the certificate had no value as it wasn’t accredited anywhere. I now sit with a certificate for a course where I learnt nothing new, which isn’t worth the paper it is written on. She promised to send me for interviews as soon as her new company is up and running. It is now a year later and she has disappeared. I get no answers to my emails and the phone lines are disconnected.
I eventually wrote it off as just another scam I fell for, until the other day. I saw an advertisement for a position similar to the one I applied for with RDS. The description was 80% the same as the one I saw last year. If you don’t have the necessary qualifications they will contact you to discuss options. By now I know this option is to get money out of you for a useless certification. Unless they want to sell something to you, recruitment agents very seldom contact you, if you don’t fit the profile for the position.
I decided to dig a bit deeper and checked out Vision Recruitment ( the company that advertised the job similar to the one I fell for last year). When I looked on their website they didn’t even had education as a job sector. They advertisement was for a job in education. How can you advertise a job on a job site but don’t have that job or even the job sector on your own website?
I couldn’t find Kerri Farrington’s name anywhere on the site, but didn’t give up. I decided to Google her name and found her LinkedIn profile where she proudly call herself the director at Vision Recruitment. Bingo. I am sure she hasn’t got her name on the Vision Recruitment website as she knows she owes all the people who took her stupid course jobs.
So, be very careful of Vision Recruitment. They don’t really have the jobs they advertise and they will promise you the sun and the moon if you take a useless course with them. Once they made their money, I believe the company will be liquidated again and no chance of getting your money back or a job.