As some of you out there may know, I’ve been authoring the “Conscious Careering” column in the Puget Sound Business Journal for over a year now in an attempt to share some valuable career and job hunting tips with the Seattle/Bellevue business community at large.  What you may not know, however, is that I have all of these columns available on my website for folks interested in reviewing them.  Unfortunately, they’re pretty darn hard to find, because I’ve tucked them away in a remote area of my site under the “About” tab where they can easily be missed.  So for what it’s worth, here’s a simple link for anybody who might want to look them over.

In fact, while we’re on the subject, I’ve just submitted my latest column to the PSBJ for publication, sharing some important tips on how to avoid getting “scammed” by the large number of dubious career services, sites, and tools that are starting to pervade the Internet.  In one sense, it’s not surprising that more and more of these tools are popping up, when you combine the current economic conditions (aka “lots of anxious job hunters”) with the totally unregulated nature of the Internet and the career services field, in general.  So in an attempt to alert as many folks as possible about these questionable sites, I’ve written an article discussing the most common offenders (by category, not by specific name) and why they usually are a poor investment, despite the tantalizing claims and marketing hype they churn out.  This article is available via the archive link, above, but if you want to go directly to it you can click here, as well.

Admittedly, I’m not brave enough to go public and take on any specific services or sites individually, by name.  I’d invite any of my blog readers to contact me, however, if they ever want a second opinion about a particular career tool or resource that they might be thinking of investing in.  I’m also happy to arm people with some great due diligence questions that will help them ensure a particular service is legitimate and offers real value for the money.  I’m a big advocate of “consumer awareness” in this regard and am simply tired of seeing so many unscrupulous companies bilk job seekers by preying upon their fears and desperation — as well as by counting on the fact that the average professional doesn’t know the right questions to ask or how to evaluate these kinds of services properly, in the first place.

So please don’t hesitate to drop me a line if I can ever be of assistance in this regard, and the new article I’ve penned should provide some good food for thought, as well.  Granted, I may still be a far cry from Ralph Nader, but I’m definitely willing to do my own small part, at least in the employment services arena!