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Old 02-07-2017, 04:22 AM
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Hi everyone I've been working for them for the past month and a half. What do you advise I do now? I havent been paid yet for January, they did say it would be paid by March 7th. Do I out them and say I know how bad you are or hope I get paid? I dont feel inclined to do any further work for them. I got great reviews from clients too which sticks in my throat!! I'm based in Ireland and its very difficult to find any work from home opportunities here. Any advice? Thanks!
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by louisep123 View Post
I'm based in Ireland and its very difficult to find any work from home opportunities here.
That's exactly what they are exploiting.

The best advice I had was from a friend. When I told him that The CV Centre were over a week late paying me, he told me not to perform another minute of work for them. I'd read this thread but I was still clinging to the hope that it would turn out OK and continuing to take orders. I'm really pleased I stopped when he advised me to and would advise others to do the same.

They didn't pay me for another 2 stressful months (in which I occurred a lot of overdraft and interest charges). The whole time I was praying the company wouldn't fold and leave me permanently out of pocket. My final payment took 5 months to come through.

How long are your orders taking you to compete on average? Even if they did pay on time, most of the orders take several hours, even for experienced writers. The 45 minute or less myth is just another one of their lies.

Hope you find something more legit!
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by louisep123 View Post
I'm based in Ireland and its very difficult to find any work from home opportunities here. Any advice? Thanks!
Have you tried Indeed Ireland yet?

Also check out:



Work From Home Jobs in Ireland from IrishJobs.ie

Remote jobs, careers - jobs.ie

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Old 02-20-2017, 02:11 PM
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I just noticed the message on here and thought I would add my advice. I left CV Centre last year. As far as I am aware the situation has been going on for almost 2 years now and doesn’t show much sign of improvement either.

For over a year, I put up with the late payments, I think the longest one was around 4 months. You only get paid if you send aggressive emails, payments usually follows shortly after.

I continued for so long in the hope that things would improve but delays in payments got worse. I knew I was taking the risk, as it doesn’t look great that a company can’t afford to pay writers, but it was the risk I had to take until I got something else. In the end, I decided it wasn’t worth the risk or stress, busting a gut for £12/13 per CV which does take at least 2 hours and then not get paid if they go under.
I would stop working for them now, but give the impression you will continue working once payments had been paid, even if you have no intention. If they know you are going to leave, they don’t have much incentive to pay you. I did exactly that and got payment and then handed my notice.
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Old 03-09-2017, 07:05 AM
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Exclamation To all current, past and future freelance writers of the James Innes Group

To all current, past and future freelance writers of the James Innes Group,

It is absolutely correct to say that, starting in 2015 and heading into 2016, we experienced some highly regrettable and unacceptable issues which led to us being unable to meet our financial commitments to staff and writers. Our staff, writers and management team worked tirelessly from the outset to see these issues addressed and we are pleased to say that these problems are now unequivocally resolved. They are a thing of the past; everyone has now, to the best of our knowledge, been paid in full.

If any writer still feels that there is an invoice that has been left unpaid then please email us directly at [email protected] where you will be answered swiftly by a member of our management team who will investigate and, if indeed an amount is outstanding, I personally guarantee that it will be paid immediately.

The CV Centre, The Resume Centre and indeed the James Innes Group have been operating for nearly twenty years now, making us one of the oldest and most established businesses in this sector. In this time we have employed hundreds of brilliant freelance writers. We clearly would not be one of the longest-standing and most prominent businesses of our kind after so very many years if we did not take the payment of both our staff and our freelancers very, very seriously.

We are in the process of rolling out significant improvements to our writer system that will further improve upon the speed and efficiency of order completion and payment processing along with a wide array of new services that will help our clients tackle the ever-increasing pressures of today's job market.

We feel it is also important to note that a number of posts, especially some more recent ones, are not identifiably from our writers and may form part of a campaign against us by a third party or parties. Furthermore, a number of posts are, at best, ‘inaccurate’ and, at worst, highly defamatory – and have caused a lot of undue stress to members of staff who have been unacceptably targeted. We accept that there was a problem – and we have now resolved this problem. We do not intend to take legal action for any false and/or defamatory posts and we trust that the individuals concerned will now desist from behaving in this unwarranted manner.

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Old 03-26-2017, 07:43 PM
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If anyone still working for the james innes group would like to know how to earn more as a writer for james innes, or you are struggling to complete orders, you can email me at [email protected] I am doing quite well at james innes and would like to help you earn more too
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Old 04-14-2017, 04:32 AM
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Default Appalling experience


I have over 20 yrs HR and recruitment experience incl cv writing.
After being too ill to work for a year i thought some self employed work from home would be a great way to re enter the employment market.

I unknowingly decided to apply to join james innes writers roster.

I completed my first cover letter. Received acceptance by the client and added to my invoice.
I then had the confidence to try some more orders.

Oh! that was such a huge mistake.
Someone called Katy was checking these. I am unsure what her position is within the company but I have never experienced anything like it.
A line of text needed to be underlined. Apparently she spent a vast amount of time reformatting my work.

Constantly rejected work and the only advice given was just read the examples.
I did this and even copied word for word on the final cv I sent and was amused when she replied to criticise again.

At this point I decided I had enough of this incredibly rude individual.

I did not feel 'trained' I felt talked down to.

I have decided to take a break from trying to do this kind of work as the 3 days I did work were stressful. I received feedback one night at 10.30pm, constant stream of emails requesting people take emergency work.

I feel this company need to treat new writers better. Luckily I have a thick skin and previous experience but some people haven't.
Perhaps a trainer should actually introduce themselves to the writer, find out how much experience they have, not send feedback with so much attitude in them.

I found that katy was incredibly rude to deal with and am also concerned about the amount of client information you are supplied. I felt very uncomfortable with this.
Most CV Companies dont supply that to their writers.

My contract with James Innes will not be continuing because of the treatment recieved from one unpleasant person.

And judging from previous posts am unlikely to be paid for whats on my invoice.
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Old 04-26-2017, 01:36 AM
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Default Has anyone had a good experience with these people?

Just wanted to ask. I signed up with them a short time ago before having read this thread. Haven't done that much work for them as yet, however if no one has had any success with them, then I really don't see any point wasting more time on them.

Like others have said above, I am not convinced by their 45 minute estimate for re writing a CV and have had similar experiences with "moderation".

So the question is, is there anyone out there who actually makes enough per day to provide a living, and get paid on time?

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Old 11-07-2017, 09:57 AM
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Thanks everyone who has posted here. Signed up to James Innes as a writer 6 weeks ago and was beginning to suspect that all is not as it seems...

The writer training team are responsive and helpful but the business model seems to be set up to exploit writers. The pay is shockingly bad for the hours that are required to complete orders (payment works out well below minimum wage: CVS do not take 45 mins to re-write); the clients keep asking for multiple revisions and new drafts of their CVs, letters, etc; and orders take forever to get signed off.

You have all confirmed what I suspected about payment.

Happy to talk/message privately anyone who wants to chat more. Just really angry I have wasted so much time on this already. Should have done my research on the company first. It looked respectable!
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