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Oct292012

Job Boards, Job Seekers & Bunk Ads

 

We have all been there before ... the job board on Craigslist (cL).
As a job seeker, there are a few things that you need to be 
aware of:
1. cL, and most job boards, have bunk ads for jobs that do not exist, and they are: 
  • fishing for personal information (a.k.a. spambots)
  • advertising for a product (i.e. Miracle Product, etc.), or a specific website
  • hiring for an MLM scheme to gain all of you personal contacts and email list(s)
  • overseas resume mining, or database building
  • staffing companies mining resumes for potential future jobs that do not currently exist 
  • (especially targeted for ACCOUNTANTS)
2. sometimes lonely people post ads on cL looking for "assistants:" 
  • RUN, RUN, RUN AWAY!!!
  • do NOT, I repeat, do NOT agree to meet someone in a different city, state, etc.
Here are some things that you can do to protect yourself:
1. Verify and double-check that there is legitimate point-of-contact information in the posting: 
  • if there is a name, telephone number, or email listed, you can easily do a reverse internet 
  • search on this information to find-out more about the Company, know who you are emailing
  • do not trust emailing any type of personal information to undisclosed recipients
  • make sure that this posting is not listed in multiple cities across the U.S., or abroad
  • make sure that the Company is in good standing with the BBB, and attempt to find blogs, 
  • reviews, etc.
2. E-Resume: 
  • primarily, employers are looking for your job history (a.k.a. longevity, experience)
  • list your references as "available upon request" on your resume, provide reference 
  • information only when requested by direct correspondence
  • omit irrelevant information (i.e. hobbies, personal mailing address, etc.)
  • fancy cover letters are a waste of time, instead, supply work-related writing samples, when 
  • requested
  • protect yourself with a privacy disclaimer at the bottom of all e-correspondence
  • keep your resume to 1 page
3. Understand the marketplace for your specific industry!

 

 

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