How to Vet Tech Coaches and Mentors

Monday, March 21, 2022

We get it, it’s hard to figure out who’s telling the truth and who’s trying to scam you out of your life savings. Recently our founder was in a Facebook group and heard a few horror stories. She wanted to help so she decided to draft this article. Let’s here what she has to say:
Fortunately, it has been brought to our attention that a woman on Twitter was falsely selling FAANG resume reviews and claiming she worked for FAANG companies. Yes, people are getting scammed because some Coaches know you are desperate. Take the time to vet these sources. Our site promotes mentors who are vetted. That’s why we share our site to combat scammers. Sorry to those who have been scammed but be cautious and ask questions. 

Ways to vet mentors and coaches:
- get references (people who will jump on a video chat) if need be
- get their Linkedin profile and see how active it is and what info they share 
- do they have a website? with an actual email?
- do they have an LLC? Check to see if it’s registered (NIT is registered)
- do they have a license to coach *if required by their state (ours doesn’t require it but our Founder does have a DEI certificate, SCRUM master, worked in Higher Ed for over 10 years, has worked in tech, and currently is a recruiter at a major company).
- have they or their company been published in an international or major publication 
- do they have videos of them discussing their work *not just TikTok 
- if they no longer work in that field why? How do they support themselves/their lifestyle? 
- have they been speakers at conferences or summits? (You can easily attend online see how they fair with their peers)