After the birth of my daughter in 2012 I started my own Employment Consultancy with a major focus on creating resumes, selection criteria and cover letters for people that either didn’t know how or didn’t have the time.
At a certain point in 2013 I needed to look for outside help to keep up with the demand and after reading ‘The Four Hour Work Week’ by Tim Ferris I decided outsourcing was the way to go.
Now in most cases this has been a great investment but there have been some bumps in the road that I will share with you so you don’t make the same mistake. These are:
Not checking references:
I’ve used www.elance.com with great success. Elance encourages feedback about their freelancers so you can check out references before assigning your job to someone. I received a fantastic proposal from a resume writer with examples of past work he had completed and although he was new to Elance and had no actual references, I hired him based on his examples. It turned out that he had poached the examples from someone else and couldn’t write the most basic of all resumes. When confronted he told me that he was a single dad and needed a job to support his children and could I please pay him anyway. This caused a major headache when I had to redo the resume from scratch within a really short timeframe. ( I no longer outsource any of my writing for this very reason).