A Friendly Reminder: Job-Search Scams Still Out There

Job-search scams are definitely still out there, ranging from full-on “oh we just need your social security number so we can run a credit check” ID theft to “buy our service and we will guarantee you a six-figure job.” Then there are just the weird ones, like the one commenter ceegee alerted us to: She sent her resume out to a company she didn’t know too much about, “and mysteriously telemarketers got a hold of the cell number that I use exclusively for my job search.” Slimy!

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The latest egregious example of caveat jobseeker* is documented on Jane Turkewitz’s blog. She got an e-mail from a service she signed up for months ago (using fake information in order to review the service) that basically said that you can have your resume sent to 6,000 recruiters for the low, low price of $269.

Jane writes:

The premise of this service is seriously flawed. First of all — how can they say that, if you sign up your resume will be confidentially sent to over 6,000 executive recruiters in 300 firms? Doesn’t the fact that it’s going out to 6000 people make it inherently not confidential?

Too, sending your resume to 6,000 recruiters in 70 countries is great if you like the carpetbomb approach, but jobseeking isn’t carpet bombing. We’ve said for ages that targeted is the way to go. Flacks wouldn’t send the same pitch to 6,000 reporters (well, okay, some do, but those are the pitches that get deleted), freelancers wouldn’t send the same query to 6,000 editors. There still exist web services that promise to “submit your site to 300 search engines” automatically—but we all know that being on Page 1 of Google is worth more than being on 299 other engines.

Buyer, and jobseeker, beware.

*Fake Latin is proven to make you sound smarter. If it’s not in @FakeAPStyleBook yet, it soon will be.