Job Seekers Beware 19 Comments


A simple concept…  You think you found the perfect job online, you’re going to apply, and wait for a Recruiter to call. Right? Not so simple.

Job seekers beware of job postings from third party sites.  They’re being referred to in the industry as “job jackers”.  If you remember one thing from this post, remember - GO DIRECT.  Yes, direct to the company.  Read on to find out why.

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With the explosive growth and use of search engines, social, and professional networking sites job seekers can quickly find themselves on a job aggregator site.  A couple of popular examples – SimplyHired and Indeed.

What’s important for everyone to know is the source of the job – where it was pulled from (RSS feed) – and who is publishing or sponsoring it.  A quick example below, check out the 2 sponsored jobs highlighted in blue.  One of these 2 companies does not have a relationship with the hiring organization – and deploys tactics to TRY and re-sell their database to the employer stating they have strong talent interested in their opportunities.

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While that’s bad business, guess what’s worse? Your Resume may never get to the employer for the job you are applying for, especially if they don’t have a relationship with the site sponsoring or feeding jobs to the aggregator sites.

And, for the candidate experience, it’s intrusive.  I clicked on the Regional Sales Director job (the last job in the list above) and it takes me to minneapolisrecruiter.com – with the exact same posting.  I click apply online, it then takes me to a site called Financial Job Bank, which is operated by Beyond.com.  I even got another pop up window for online degree programs.  I now decide to complete the application to see where it takes me.  After requiring a lot of information, it takes me to sell me another online degree.

After finally completing the profile and submitting a Resume, I come to a “thank you for creating a profile”.  It’s now asking me to search for a job, through their job network…  8 clicks into it.

Aggregator sites are working to address the issues, however, with adding over 1 million jobs weekly, it’s no small task.

Remember:  Look at the source of a job if you use an aggregator site.  If you see a job posted anywhere – for any company – consider going right to the employers web site and applying directly if you’re not sure.

If you don’t, beware, you may never get that call from the recruiter you were expecting.

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Talent HQ’s creator and editor is Recruiting & Diversity Leader, Jason Buss. Talent HQ is a premier online news and information channel for the Recruiting and Human Resources community.

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  • Posted on: Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
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    1. Kelly Dingee says:

      Great advice! SimplyHired and Indeed do an awesome job of aggregating jobs. I really like the way they integrate Linkedin – if a jobseeker has invested some time in developing their profile and network they can see “who” they can speak with about a referral. Double duty – get your info into the ATS and into the hands of an employee.

      Kelly

    2. Patti Yaritz says:

      Jobcentral’s business model addresses this by creating an association of employers and feeding directly to their proprietary sites.

    3. Betsy Snyder says:

      Jason, EXCELLENT advice! What we’ve noticed quite frequently in our market is that the headhunters all are posting the same opening so you might see the same opening with 4 or 5 different firms. The sad thing is that not all of them are contracted to source the position and in essence want the job seekers resume to “sell”, if you will, to the company who really does have the offering. It’s really slimy and gives legit headhunters a bad rap.It’s hard enough for job seekers in depressed markets like Cleveland – why complicate the process?

    4. Mark Hornung says:

      Another reason to go directly to the employer is that most organizations prefer candidates who appear to want to work for them, as opposed to people willing to work for anybody. Yes, it’s flattery and should play no role in what is supposed to be a fair and objective process, but whenever you have human beings involved emotions play a huge role. If you come via a third-party site you should indicate that when asked as to how you found out about the opportunity. That helps the employer identify the best sources and cull out the under-performing. But I always recommend going directly to the employer and tailoring your pitch letter and resume to the opportunity.

    5. neha says:

      great advice! I have been noticing this myself..its as it is frustrating to apply for job and topped by this.. it becomes a painful experience.. Dice.com is hooked up with lot of third party consultants. The moment you upload your resume thr, you start getting calls from all kinda consultants…. most of them are crappy! huh! I wish thr was a site that can list recuiters for different specialities.. Linked in very good in this case!!

    6. Matt Kerr says:

      You are right about JobCentral.com – I’m glad it was created….HOWEVER – they could take a lesson from Indeed.com or Simplyhired.com in coming up with a better advanced search interface for positions. JC’s advanced search interface is QUITE weak compared to the those two – many users I know experience frustration in not being able to hone their search results – it does support boolean operators, but how many job seekers know this?

    7. Jason, great advice on sorting through the sea of job postings.

      When third party recruiters are posting the jobs, they are specifically recruiting for the actual hiring company because the company wants us to screen through the candidates in lieu of doing that work in house. It is too bad that some recruiters do as Betsy says and post jobs for which they are not contracted but best not to let it get you down. You never know, if they are posting the job to get resumes, there is usually a reason and it all points to placing people in jobs.

      On the flip side, from the perspective inside a staffing agency, we do get orders which are sent to multiple third party firms and the challenge for us becomes when one candidate is being presented by multiple agencies for the same opening. This is often resolved by a “right to represent” which is an agreement that a candidate gives to an agency for a certain job opening only and it is important to select only one agency to present you for that specific position .

      As Neha suggests, it is good to find a recruiter who specializes in your niche and a list can be found at the American Staffing Association http://bit.ly/FrCF6. A final note is to develop relationships with more than one recruiter (2 or 3) because each firm has different partnerships with client firms. A good recruiter will help develop your job seeking strategy and market your skills with you!

    8. [...] LinkUp only indexes jobs from a single source – the hiring company itself – there are no duplicate or ‘job jacked’ listings that pollute job board aggregator sites such as Indee…. Perhaps most importantly given the current high-unemployment environment in which companies are [...]

    9. Gerri Stuart says:

      Thank you, Jason for that helpful article–until now I believe I’ve wasted a lot of time!

    10. [...] On The Talent Buzz, Jason Buss strongly advises job seekers to stay away from aggregators like Indeed and Simplyhired and go direct to the company’s website. On an aggregator site [...]

    11. GL Hoffman says:

      Maybe Jason won’t say it, but the best place to find only ONLY jobs from company websites is http://www.LINKUP.com.
      The site is amazing, there are mobile apps for both android and Iphone, and a facebook app which allows companies to have a CURRENT JOBS AT OUR COMPANY section.
      Plus it is all FREE to the job seeker. These days, this is an important consideration since so many shady operators are out there trying to take advantage of the job seeker.

    12. [...] LinkUp only indexes jobs from a single source – the hiring company itself – there are no duplicate or ‘job jacked’ listings that pollute job board aggregator sites such as Indeed and Si…. Perhaps most importantly given the current high-unemployment environment in which companies are [...]

    13. [...] LinkUp only indexes jobs from a single source – the hiring company itself – there are no duplicate or ‘job jacked’ listings that pollute job board aggregator sites such as Indeed and Si…. Perhaps most importantly given the current high-unemployment environment in which companies are [...]

    14. [...] LinkUp only indexes jobs from a single source – the hiring company itself – there are no duplicate or ‘job jacked’ listings that pollute job board aggregator sites such as Indeed and Si…. Perhaps most importantly given the current high-unemployment environment in which companies are [...]

    15. [...] LinkUp, one of the fastest growing job search engines on the web, indexes jobs that are only found on company websites. We do not aggregate jobs from other job boards and we do not allow anyone to post jobs directly to the site. As a result of this completely unique approach to job listings online, LinkUp has eliminated scams jobs, phishing jobs, work-at-home scams, ‘money mule’ listings, and other garbage listings that pollute other job boards and aggregation sites like Indeed and Simplyhired that republish listings from job boards. And because we update the search engine every night, the jobs on LinkUp are always current. Finally, we do not collect any personal information from job seekers other than an opt-in email address that allows job seekers to save searches and receive job alerts via email. When a job seeker applies to a job that was found on LinkUp, they are applying straight into the employer’s applicant tracking system (ATS). There is no middle-man in the process, and no risk that data is being collected or resold to generate ‘lead-gen’ revenue (like many, many job sites). [...]

    16. [...] LinkUp only indexes jobs from a single source – the hiring company itself – there are no duplicate or ‘job jacked’ listings that pollute job board aggregator sites such as Indeed and Si…. Perhaps most importantly given the current high-unemployment environment in which companies are [...]

    17. Jason:

      Sorry for being late to this discussion – if there ever are jobs for your company on Indeed.com that are not authorized to be there, please let us know:

      http://www.indeed.com/support

      Or you can contact me directly:

      Jason Whitman
      Vice President, Client Services
      jason@indeed.com
      203-564-2420

      Thanks,

      Jason

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