Beginning in February 2018, Mike Podesto of Find My Profession started writing “reviews” that troll me and hundreds of other resume writers. If you google “Donna Svei” or “Donna Svei Reviews,” you will find links to libelous articles Mike has written about me.
Mike is a 26-year-old Internet marketer who sells services to people looking for jobs.
He’s not one of my clients or a business associate in any way.
Mike Podesto’s Find My Profession Reviews
During 2018, and continuing into 2019, Mike has attacked/tried to divert business from U.S., Canadian, Australian, Asian, and European resume writing services and resume writers. His actions include:
- Inaccurate, negative descriptions of resume writing services.
- Fake one-star reviews of companies he regards as competitors.
- Libelous accusations regarding those companies.
- Fake five-star reviews of his own company on Trustpilot and other third-party review sites.
This post details Mike Podesto’s smear campaign against another writer.
Responses to Mike’s Behavior
In early March 2019, the Better Business Bureau asked Mike to substantiate or remove his claims from his website and other locations. They then censured him when he didn’t take action. As a result, he has now:
- Removed some of his fake reviews from third-party sites.
- Added legally required disclosures regarding conflicts of interest to over 50 articles on his website that were missing before the BBB’s intervention. (Update: As of mid-May 2019 he appears to have removed many of those disclosures.)
Beyond the BBB, as different organizations have become aware of his behavior, they have restricted his ability to post on their sites. Mike now appears to be mostly constrained to posting his attacks on competitors to his website, findmyprofession.com.
In addition, in early April 2019, one of the subjects of Mike’s harassment filed suit against him. The federal court proceeding alleges libel, libel per se, deceptive or unfair conduct, and material misrepresentation.
The 10 Best Resume Writers
Mike Podesto’s findmyprofession.com website currently contains “reviews” of the “10 best resume writers” in multiple cities and regions:
Allentown, Atlanta, Austin,
Boston, Bridgeport, Buffalo,
Calgary, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Columbus,
Dallas, Denver, Detroit,
Edmonton, El Paso,
Jacksonville, Kansas City,
Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville,
Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Montreal,
Nashville, New Orleans, New York City,
Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Providence,
Sacramento, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio,
San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Silicon Valley,
Tampa, Toronto, Tucson,
Vancouver, Ventura, Virginia Beach,
Washington, D.C., and Winnipeg.
Mike doesn’t appear to have hired any of the reviewed resume writers, yet he publishes negative, frequently inaccurate information about working with them.
Beyond that, he rates his company, which he runs from his home in a Denver suburb, as the #1 resume writing company in each of the cities listed above.
The 10 Best Resume Writing Services in America
In addition, he has rated his company as the best resume writing service in all of America and several large states:
- 10 Best Resume Writers in America
- 10 Best Resume Writing Services in California
- The Best Resume Writing Services in Texas
- The Best Resume Writing Services in Florida
- 10 Best Resume Writing Services in Ohio
The 10 Best Resume Writers in India & Australia + Paris
Yes, you read that correctly. He ranks his company as the best resume writer in India. As the crow flies, it’s 7,700 miles from Denver to Dehli. And he rates his company, mostly an ever-changing mix of contract writers, as the best resume writer in Australia. Denver to Sydney is 8,325 miles.
He also recently started touting Find My Profession as the best resume writer in Paris [insert Gallic shrug].
The 10 Best Executive Resume Writers
Beyond his geographic claims, Mike has also written posts naming his company the best executive resume writing service. He followed that with multiple posts claiming to be the best C-level resume writer, the best CEO resume writer, and the best CXO (fill in the “X”) resume writer.
Donna Svei on The Best Way to Find a Resume Writer
If you want to find the best resume writer for you, I’ve written a guide that walks you through how to do it. I describe two approaches, one easy and one that requires a little more effort, to find a resume writer who will meet your unique needs.
I don’t recommend specific companies or writers because I don’t have the information about you I would need to make a helpful referral.
The Best Career Coach
Forging new ground, in March 2019 Mike started proclaiming his company the “best career coach” in several cities. None of the people on his LinkedIn employee list have coaching certifications.
The 10 Best Executive Search Firms
And in July 2019, Mike declared his company, Find My Profession, the best executive recruiting firm in America.
You’re better off relying on Hunt Scanlon, the leading executive search media outlet, for that opinion. I like their independent, authoritatively researched list of the Top 50 Recruiters.
Unsurprisingly, Find My Profession doesn’t appear on Hunt Scanlon’s list.
Will Mike Podesto’s Reviews Continue to Expand?
Will Mike continue to write Find My Profession reviews that claim he’s the best resume writer, best career coach, and best executive recruiter in cities and countries around the world?
I hope not. These are deceptive “reviews” designed to game the Google algorithm. They divert traffic looking for a geographically or functionally specialized resume writer or coach and executive recruiters to a 26-year-old who can’t, by his own admission, find a good job for himself.
That person is three years out of Fresno State and spent less than a year recruiting junior software developers before proclaiming himself a career expert.
The Benefits of Being Trolled by Mike Podesto
Regardless of what becomes of Mike and his marketing practices, I have found a bright side to being trolled. I’ve:
- Learned a lot about white hat (OK with Google) and black hat (not OK with Google ) search engine optimization techniques.
- Been motivated to fine-tune my blog and its SEO, in a Google-approved way, to make it more effective.
- Confirmed that I have a lot of friends in the careers community and made some new ones.
Good Luck? Bad Luck? Who Knows?
Being trolled turns out to be like the old farmer story, “Good luck? Bad Luck? Who Knows?”
Thanks, Mike. I know I’m not the only member of the careers community who has had a good time watching your antics. Take care.