Now Career Builder Is Getting In On The Act

Over the last 2 days I have received 7 emails at my Yahoo email address from employers who say they got my resume from Career Builders. Out of those 7 emails there is one possible legitimate job that I might have the skills for, several that I do not have the skills for, one out and out scam, and an offer for a free resume review.

One is from that same fool at First Command Financial Planning, and guess what, I am STILL not interested in relocating, First Command Financial Planning STILL has no territories anywhere in the state of Oregon, I STILL don’t have sales experience, and I STILL don’t want this job.

Another one is from an insurance office in Madras, Oregon (hours drive away each way, I did say I wasn’t interested in relocating did I not?) and is again for insurance sales. The link they give you to find out more about their company leads to a page that tells you nothing at all about the company

W. Clement Stone founded edited in 1922 with a vision and a dream to change the world. He left us with a rich legacy that includes ongoing training in our systems and methods, as well as the belief in and practice of a Positive Mental Attitude.

edited agents have two career paths – sales, for those who find their strength in selling our products, or sales management, for those whose strengths are in training, coaching and mentoring others.

We offer virtually unlimited income potential, sales support, comprehensive benefits and a product mix that makes it easy for you to provide the coverage that helps our customers protect themselves and their families.

The job description also lets me out

Responsibilities: Agents generate new customers through the use of targeted leads, referrals, field prospecting and direct contact with small businesses. They also sell additional coverage to existing customers to meet their individual insurance needs. Agents are also expected to complete all administrative tasks associated with their job, attend required meetings and perform field demonstrations for potential employees as requested by their territory manager.

Competencies: Agents should have excellent interpersonal, sales and negotiation skills as well as strong verbal communication skills. They must also adhere to our high ethical standards.

Skill sets: Agents should demonstrate a successful and stable work history, have some prior sales experience and basic computer skills. Agents should have a minimum of three years of work experience and are required to have a high school degree or its equivalent.

Other Considerations: Agents should have an Accident, Health and Life insurance license for the state in which they will work or willingness to obtain a relevant license. Agents must also have a valid, unencumbered driver’s license from their resident state.*

Don’t you think if I had prior sales or negotiation experience or any licensing at all I’d have included that (sarcasm alert) little niggling unimportant teeny weeny tiny miniscule fact (sarcasm alert) somewhere on my resume or profile at Career Builders? (or for that matter)

United American got in on the act again too, that makes 2 emails (one at Yahoo and one at Gmail) and a phone call, all from a company that I have shown no interest in other than visiting their website after I got the first email ( I have not called them, I have not emailed them, I have not contacted them in anyway. And there’s no way in heck they got either email address from my brief visit to their site either.

The topper though was this (unsigned) unprofessional and unbelievably badly spelled poorly punctuated email that purports to have found my resume on Career Builder

We found your CV at CareerBuilder online. That’s why we are glad to suggest you a position of «Mystery shopping» with in Mystery Shopping Providers Association. Your resume was learnt carefully by our HR department and they were satisfied. Therefore you suit go with this job absolutely.

Necessary demands for the candidate:
Age: from 28
Internet access
Time: should have 3-5 hours of free time daily in order to carrying out all the duties

There is no state case

Mystery shopping is a best way for clients to make money while supplying valuable feedback to corporation It’s a WIN-WIN way for both business and clients.
Consumers are actingas « Mystery shopping » have an opportunity to receive payments doing things they like to.

For example:
make shopping in grocery, retail, and online stores
Eat in restaurants
watch cartoons
stay at hotels andspa

You may get up to $2,500 – $3,500 a month

We advice you to hurry up wit your decision, as far as there are many applicants for this position.

If you understand that this vacancy is interesting for you, please reply us back detailed information :
1) Full name

2) Contact phone number

3) Your age

4) Valuable address Street , City, Zip code

To become the member of our company, you need to click on this link edited and register yourself. Signing and downloading a contract is compulsory as well. This application for membership into The Mystery Shopping Provider’s Association MSPA constitutes an agreement between both sides

By accepting of this application it is stated that you accept the the MSPA team application process and waives any claims against MSPA and all its team

About Mystery Shopping Providers Association
Our organization is the worldwide association which operates to improve service quality by using anonymous resources. We have more than 300 companies in membership worldwide, our main work includes marketing research and merchandising companies, private investigation firms, training organizations and other organizations that work with mystery shopping services. Our member organizations work with their patrons to establish system in order tobetter levels of service. 

Regards, Best wishes,

I’ve bolded the most outrageous spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors.

This is not a job offer of any kind, it is a phishing email attempting to get my personal info, which mind you if they really had found my resume on Career Builders they would already have (my full name, contact phone numbers, and address are on that resume). Oh yes my ‘valuable’ address, valuable only to them.

I googled Mystery Shopping Providers Association and came up with all sorts of warnings about scams.

MSPA is a legitimate association, however this email is not from them (a hotmail email address was the first dead giveaway, the poor spelling, punctuation, and grammar were further giveaways)

The free resume review I won’t be taking advantage of.

Why not?

No site does anything for free, out of the goodness of their hearts (that is assuming they even have hearts), and I’ve already had my resume literally savaged by Resume Doctor solely to try to drum up business for themselves.

Job hunting for months with little or no response other than a few interviews and several ‘thanks but no thanks’ letters has done quite enough for my self-esteem without willingly submitting to more of the same from a site that simply wants to find things wrong with my resume so they can try to get some (non-existent) money from me to fix (non-existent) problems with my resume!

I found out today that I had two accounts with Career Builder, one with the Yahoo email address and one with the Gmail address.

As I pay for the Yahoo email address, I’d prefer to be spammed/scammed and otherwise misled at the free Gmail address (also if all the job site crap comes to one address its easier to track).

So I deleted the Yahoo-linked Career Builder account and uploaded 2 resumes to the Gmail-linked account.

I am just waiting for more spam scam scum to come rolling in. It makes good blog fodder!!


  1. Hello! I just received the same email from Isabelle V. Cameron regarding a position from Mystery Shopping Providers Association. I was also immediately suspicious due to the poor spelling, the hotmail email address, and the fact that the email address seems to be registered under a different name completely (

    I appreciate you posting this…these scams from “employers” off of CareerBuilder are unbelievably annoying, and I wouldn’t want anyone to fall for them.

    Again, thanks for posting and spreading the word! 🙂

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