For the past 16 months, hundreds of other resume writers and I have been being trolled by Mike Podesto of Find My Profession. If you google “Donna Svei” or “Donna Svei Reviews,” you will found links to libelous articles Mike has written about me.
Mike is a 26-year-old Internet marketer who sells job search services to executives for $13,000.
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. and Canadian resume writing services and resume writers. This has included:
- 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 these 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. This post shares the text of the federal court proceeding for 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 these resume writers, yet he writes 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
The 10 Best Resume Writers in India & Australia
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 ranks himself as the best resume writer in Australia. Denver to Sydney is 8,325 miles.
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 CEO and 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, check out this post. I describe two processes, 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. You can see his employee list here. None of the people listed are trained coaches.
Will Mike Podesto’s Reviews Continue to Expand?
Will Mike continue his slog to claim that he’s the best resume writer and now the best career coach for every person on the planet?
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 to a person in Denver.
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 (legal) and black hat (illegal) search engine optimization techniques.
- Been motivated to fine-tune my blog and its SEO, in a legal 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.