The PITA client. (Pain-In-The-A$$.)
He or she isn't just annoying. He's a menace. He's the type of client who receives the resume and then demands his money back, saying it wasn't what he expected, or that it's not getting results. Or worse, he doesn't even contact you to get his money back -- he just institutes a chargeback, saying he never got the resume, or you didn't deliver what was promised. Most of the time, the credit card company sides with him, leaving your blood boiling.
But how do you recognize a PITA client when they contact you? There are some red flags to watch out for.
Kelly Donovan, CPRW shared a list of "PITA Warning Signs":
- Asking for a discount or questioning whether the investment is worth it.
- Saying their project will be "simple"
- Saying anything that reveals doubt/skepticism about your qualifications
- Calling/emailing with unusually high frequency
- Calling before or after (unless for a scheduled call)
- Mentioning they had a problem with another resume writer
- Asking for a watered-down version of your services with a lower price tag
- Complaining about any aspect of their experience with you (i.e., your voice mail, how long you took to get back to them, etc.)
Now, not every client who exhibits one or more of these warning signs will turn out to be a PITA client, but it's worth paying attention to if a prospective client does one of these things (or more)! (And note: What may be a PITA client for you might be a lovely client for someone else ... so sometimes it's having the courage and confidence to send them elsewhere!)
One of my most popular bundles helps resume writers deal with PITA clients. The "Dealing With Difficult Clients" bundle includes:
- "Working with Challenging, Controlling, or Pain-in-the-A$$ clients" -- a special report that tells you what the REAL issue is with PITA clients, case studies of how to resolve issues with PITA clients (if you want to preserve the relationship, and if you don't want to continue working with them), how to recognize "game-playing" clients, and how to protect yourself from PITA clients (including advice from veteran resume writer Louise Kursmark).
- The recording and transcript from one of my most popular teleseminars -- "How to Talk When They Balk: Communicating With 'Challenging' Clients" -- what to do to make sure unhappy clients don't ruin your reputation, how to turn an unhappy client into a loyal customer, and how to handle problem situations with clients -- no matter how large or small. Also: The THREE questions you must ask clients.
Bill Gates once said, "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."
But you have to know what to do when you are faced with one. This bundle will help.
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I hate it when I come across a PITA client -- but these resources have helped me, and I know they'll help you too.