If one is a job seeker, one likely uses online job boards like Glassdoor.com to post one’s resume with contact information. No doubt one most likely uses additional, recommended networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook to stand out in front of prospective employers as well. If one is really invested in seeking a career in a specific field, one may be registered with a placement agency. None of these methods work as intended.
On-line networking sites:
These networking sites are the biggest waste of one’s time. This traditional technique is rarely productive to the job-hunting process when it’s designed to be helpful as result of personally interacting with someone. At best, online networking results in shining light on company culture.
Public digital job boards:
These sites act as aggregate information portals re-posting the same jobs. The re-posted jobs are sourced from reputable company owned and maintained career portals. This is why you see the same jobs posted on every digital job board.
Placement agencies are the real-life version of the public digital job board. They use software to "scrape" digital job boards then include those jobs within their own in-house job board.. Meaning the posted jobs you see on their boards are not "fresh" leads associated between them and the company with the open position.
Federal and State Assistance Programs:
These programs are not off limits when it comes to scammers using them as a means to push related scams. We personally experienced a growing trend that can potentially result in the loss of your identity and the nightmare involved in reclaiming it.
What about professional and social networking sites? At one time these may have been helpful. The current trend we observed reveals they are used for HR and Public Relations departmental personnel to mitigate public relations issues. Yes, you will see job postings, but you'll be expected to make your resume and other work history details available for public viewing to capture the attention of a "recruiter." This simply opens you up for the nightmare e-mail and job board scammer problems..
All public digital Job boards you encounter during your job hunting efforts will display the same open position because all job boards act as an aggregate portal under the premise of trying to be your preferred resource for the most recently posted open position. No doubt you're wondering if your resume you posted and made available for public viewing is helping in your hunt. In most cases, it's being used as a means to fill your e-mail in-box with so much spam you can make spam sandwiches to last you a life-time and then some. If you're lucky, you are receiving "alerts" suggesting you may qualify for other positions listed on other job board sites. It is indeed a vicious cycle that goes nowhere fast.
Unfortunately, placement agencies now pose a serious problem related to job hunting. The most problematic of everything we observed is the way placement agencies extort your personal identifiable information from you without offer of a job. You are forced to provide application information to include your full SSN as well as other intimate information you would and should only be asked for at the time you would normally fill out the I-9 and W-2 forms AFTER being offered a position. To make things worse, some of these placement agencies have no contractual agreement with the hiring employer for actually placing anyone. These agencies even went as far to claim they are able to place you in a State or Municipal position when State or Municipal organizations use their own in-house career portal AND even state on their respective career portals that they do not use external agencies as hiring agents.
With this information in mind, you have the same statistical chance of being hired if you were to apply directly. You should never be required to provide I-9 or W2 information, unless you are legitimately offered a job by the hiring company and have received the expected hiring documentation.
If you've ever held a job for longer than a year but suddenly find yourself unemployed or underemployed, you no doubt have had to apply for Unemployment Insurance and possibly other assistance such as SNAP. The problem lays in meeting the compliance requirements for their respective programs. One requirement is that of being an active job hunter; using their recommended digital job boards. Why "recommended" and not a dedicated job board? Most municipalities and state assistance programs do not host or maintain dedicated job boards.
In our experience we encountered many web sites offering correct information regarding requirements needed to qualify for these programs. Unfortunately, the trend we experienced was that of these informational sites using embedded redirect links, unknowingly hijacking us to fake job boards. At the end of the process, we were informed we just missed the application deadlines. Fortunate for us a link is provided to yet another position and or job board where we can again apply.
This federally offered program has begun to suffer from job board scamming nightmares. As part of remaining eligible to receive benefits, you are required to create a profile account to be used as part of their job-hunt tool on their dedicated job board.
The issue associated with this program are the links included as "additional resources" you will see as you use the official dedicated job board. We encountered many redirect links to not just external job boards but out right scam sites to include get-rich-quick/work-at-home schemes. At first, we weren't sure what to think. Upon closer inspection of the official dedicated job board, we happened to see the following information; buried in small font and at the very bottom of the official job board web site; paraphrased, "Sourced from external web sites." Once again, we were invited to the aggregate job board scam dance with all the spam we can freely eat.
So, how do you use these job board sites to help your job-hunt? In our approach, we used them to store our "private" uploaded resume to be used as a filter agent. Soon after, we realized how the job board portals were all aggregate collections of the same job postings. We decided to exclusively, select a job board that wasn't limited to just job board job listings.
We chose Glassdoor.com. This is a free-to-use job board where users can read reviews posted from current and former employees of specific positions, see pay rates, read about company culture, as well as information about how well a company is doing financially. Glassdoor.com is a site that does not censor reviews or delete them at the request of any company (unless the poster has willfully broken the site's Terms of Service and Usage Expectations). Glassdoor.com is one of the few job board portals reflecting current open positions associated with thier respectively identified hiring companies.
Using Glassdoor.com while not making our resume available for public consumption, our approach was positive and forced us to actively invest time tracking down the hiring companies and their respective company owned websites; using their career portals to apply for open positions. This allowed us to write resumes and cover letters more tailored to a position; presenting ourselves professionally in writing and more likely to be invited to an interview. Using this site, we were able to make better judgments of our personal core alignment with a company's policies as well as realistically assess potential professional growth within a company.
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