Executive Search Online Scam? Comments About Getting Jobs Thru ExecutiveSearchOnline.com, Scams and Edward Sanders – Good or Bad?

★★★ Executive Search Online Scam? Comments About Getting Jobs Thru ExecutiveSearchOnline.com, Scams and Edward Sanders – Good or Bad?

Wanted! Professionals Seeking $80,000 to $500,000+I’ve been researching Executive Search Online, ExecutiveSearchOnline.com and Edward Sanders, trying to figure out if the website that says Wanted: Executives Seeking $80,000 to $500,000+, and purports to gain jobs for top-level “C-level Execs., Sr. VPs, VPs, Directors & Managers” seeking companies who have executive openings is legit or a scam.


Their website has kind of a scammy feel — but who am I to talk? I’m still learning webmastering every day.


That pic of Edward Sanders looks scammy.


I know you’ve got to upload your resume — and resumes usually include your name and address, so that’s a lot of info to trust. Unless you don’t include that much personal info on your resume.


Executive Search Online says if you have 10-years plus experience that your resume will probably be accepted, if it meets their criteria.

My question is: Has anyone ever gotten a job using ExecutiveSearchOnline.com? Let me know by leaving a comment — I like to promote those websites that help people get good jobs. Thanks…

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16 thoughts on “Executive Search Online Scam? Comments About Getting Jobs Thru ExecutiveSearchOnline.com, Scams and Edward Sanders – Good or Bad?

  1. Beware of any placement company or internet search company that requires you to submit your personal information before they will allow you to view the complete job description. By all means, research any companies that charge you a fee for their services.

  2. I suspect that most job placement companies are a waste of time, with some being outright thieves. I recently took early retirement after many years at senior posts in an I T Outsourcing company. I am University educated and have excellent references. After going from agency to agency, answering countless advertisements, being told about valuable life skills, maturity, relevant experience etc. etc. I have decided to stay retired, pursue some hobbies etc. I found the people at agencies were playing a numbers game of some sort, employers want younger employees and that years with one employer although in varying roles simply dont cut the mustard in this market. I think to find another position, you need to have spent time networking (hate this word) or have some outstanding or unusual quality and experience. But agencies, I think are a waste of effort and ones that ask for money, well they are just corrupt.

  3. A few years ago, I did agree to a phone interview with one of their ‘executives’. Interesting approach. Spoke a great deal about the hidden job market and having access to it. He touted an over 98% success rate. He phrased it – ’98% of the people we work with found jobs’. Well I would hope so!! Anyone who is serious enough about finding a job and paying this firm $10k, is serious about looking for a job. When I point blank asked him ‘How many people found that job from a lead your company provided’, he could not and did not want to answer. In the end, what they were looking for was about $10,000 for ‘services’ including resume writing. If you listen to the pitch, there are no guarentees, or true promises made. If you ever want to dispute their claims, they show piles of information they provided to you to justify their ‘services’. All boilerplate stuff.

    They have operated under several different names over the last 5 years. My advise is to stick with more popular job boards and your own personal network.

  4. @Ginger

    The iportal101 blog folks spam LinkedIn groups regularly.

    Characteristics of their posts include:
    1. Their post points to an article on iportal101. The articles are promotional pieces for products and services. The iPortal 101 blog does not list who the real authors of the articles are. There seem to be a lot of articles about “Central Desktop”, climber.com , and more recently, “ExecutiveSearchOnline.com”.

    2. They immediately follow up their post with a comment (posts with comments get highlighted in the email digest you receive from linkedin).

    3. Their LinkedIn profile is obviously fake. They have no connections, a fake company name, an empty profile, and either no photo or one taken from some clip art)

  5. If you go to several of the sites the main company owns (such as EPBM.com) you are invited to check any of the “Free” services you would like to have – SUCH AS – “Your credentials automatically sent to key decision makers” – “Has produced up to 50+ call backs within 24 hours”

    This is a total lie – they don’t send your credentials automatically to key decision makers just for “registering”. If they EVER do it, it is AFTER you pay several thousand dollars to them for one of the package deals – and even then the deal is a little “iffy” because details always seem to be explained away without specifics of exactly WHO they sent your credentials to being provided)!

    And the “Free resume analysis report delivered in 72 hours – plus teleconference consultation” ????

    More bu!! sh*t – the “analysis” is done by one of their sales people who have NO real training (such as an HR professional) other than to make you feel bad about your resume and hire them to do it over for several thousand dollars.

    And that “teleconference” they say as if that was really something??

    That’s nothing but a glorified sales pitch where they lead you through a bunch of online slides until they try to close you – again for several thousand dollars described as an “investment”. Of course the word to describe “COST” becomes “investement” to suggest “in yourself”.

    So – go ahead – upload your resume, fill out your “job preferences”, give ‘em your telephone number, your email address and sit back and wait for all those “free” services to be authorized.

    DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH!!

    All that is going to show up in that “72 hours” is a telephone call from one of their sales reps trained to argue you down, put your efforts down, criticize your resume, lead you through an online slide show – and try to convince you to spend several thousand dollars as an “investment” in yourself.

    There are other companies that do decent job of revising your resume in spite of that these people say. Keep looking…because you can buy a lot of help for the several thousand dollars you will pay the one company behind all these “job/executivesearch/etc., etc., sites.

  6. These “sites” are lead-generating devices for a company out of Denver for their products which include resume writing and other services sold to job seekers trying to improve their appearance (to prospective employers). There is at least one individual running a look-alike/claim-alike scam on the internet but the Denver company itself seems to be more-or-less credible according to the Denver BBB. As in all such “offerings” – let the buyer beware – and do your homework.

  7. Their name is linked to other “The Ladders” venues and associations. Everyone should know by now that they just want monthly fees for access to their search engine (meaning: nothing new or differrent than those offered by for-free job banks like careerbuilder, etc.When The Ladders first came out a few years ago , i engaged their “professional resume writing team” . They simply requested me to answer a 20 page questionnaire whith which i am guessing they fed a software program which spits out “professionally written resumes”. What I got was an abomination, poorly written, spelling errors, etc. hard as I tried there was NO ONE I could actually talk to or present a complaint to at The Ladders or anywhere else. Stay AWAY from this website or any of its bogus links.

  8. To find out what’s going on with any site associated with ITS Google the name of the owner of ITS – Robert Gerberg…there’s a lot out there about ITS and class action lawsuits and investigations by state Attorneys General.

  9. I have done the telephone “pitch” from SET (approx. 45 minutes I think), which I believe is also part of and/or related to ITS and Executive Online Search. Sounds like they have some good services to come up with a 90 plan to get your job search in full swing, FOR 4000 DOLLARS. I passed.

  10. I am an unemployed medical coder. Our jobs were sent overseas. Went to the site because they posted an ad for a medical billing specialist. I put in a minimum amount of information about myself into a form on their site and received a message they would “instantly send instructions how to upload my resume”. I did not receive instructions. Between this site and JobFox, I don’t know which is the worst scam.

  11. I just applied to a job from excutive online and to my surprise I received a text message stating if I was still looking for a job to call this number. I thought that was rather odd to send a text message so I would not reccomend!

  12. When you can not find any phone numbers, physical addresses or even a name to contact….smells fishy to me. Its terrible that in todays world people looking for jobs have to get scammed like this….

  13. Any website that is free to employers is problematic. Anyone can replresent themselves as an employer. This site doesn’t even ask for a tax ID. See Below.

    To create your own private website, complete your Company Profile… or contact Edward Sanders to schedule an in-depth look at our unique technology.

  14. I found a referral to Exec Search on LinkedIn. Below are the comments I made.
    From LinkedIn: I started checking out ExecutiveSearchOnline that is mentioned in the iPortal 101 link, but at some point when filling out the form I noticed the company was no longer Exec Search but ITS instead. This raised a red flag, so I searched Google blogs and the only mention I found of ITS (outside of ITS et al themselves) was in conjunction with a feud someone has been having with them. So I thought I’d check out the poster of the link, since she’s in the Online Advertising Professionals Group, and I see that’s there’s no real profile there. All this may be coincidental, but I believe it should definitely be ‘caveat emptor,’ just to be on the safe side.

  15. I’ve received three e-mails from this company within the last two weeks. I will not respond until I find out more about them. I’m very hesitant to supply them with any personal information about myself, as there are too many scamming companies out there just waiting to exploit the unemployed …

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