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Stay Away From Sites That Charge A Fee For Recycled Job Listings

Posted on Tuesday 7 April 2009 |

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Thanks to Chris Russell of JobBoarders for organizing a really entertaining discussion yesterday on a variety of topics relating to the job board industry. Also participating were Joel Cheesman, Eric Shannon, and Joe Stubblebine.

During the conversation, I went off on a slight rant (not quite meds-worthy in my mind, but that might be up for debate) against TheLadders and the scam they are running that rips off unsuspecting job seekers and tarnishes the entire industry. TheLadders is doing nothing more than scraping jobs from other job boards, aggregating as many jobs as they can get in their database (flawed as that may be given all the legacy issues such as scam jobs, old,old,old jobs, work-at-home scams, and identity theft phishing jobs, etc. that jobs from sites like Monster and Careerbuilder and Hotjobs bring to the database), applying a shoddy filter against the listings to try to identify only $100,000 and up salaries, and then selling job seekers access to the resulting listings. It’s as bad as any scam I’ve seen or written about in the industry, equal in many ways to the criminal behavior of the Employment Guide and the postal ads they run in their thinning publications every week. Like others (here and here), I’d put them all in the same bucket and add serial spammer Hound.com as well.

The question from yesterday’s job boarders podcast that spurred the discussion was whether or not job sites should consider trying to generate new revenue streams from job seekers. We’ve never done this at either JobDig or LinkUp for a variety of reasons, but most fundamentally because that’s not our business. We’re in the advertising business, and we offer employers unique and valuable advertising vehicles to reach quality candidates for their open positions. I’m not sure what you’d call the business model of charging a subscription fee for recycled listings from other job boards, but it’s not a business I’d want to be in.

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  • Adam

    “I’m not sure what you’d call the business model of charging a subscription fee for recycled listings from other job boards”

    It’s called, just another business capitalizing on human greed (see: no money down mortgages, turn your debt into wealth program, or every work at home BS scam).

    All I have to do to get a 100K job is pay a few bucks to get access to a job site? Well, it beats working your a__ off for a good company to get noticed and get promoted, that’s for sure. Sign me up!

    Theladders is a joke, you were right for giving them what they deserve.

  • Adam

    “I’m not sure what you’d call the business model of charging a subscription fee for recycled listings from other job boards”

    It's called, just another business capitalizing on human greed (see: no money down mortgages, turn your debt into wealth program, or every work at home BS scam).

    All I have to do to get a 100K job is pay a few bucks to get access to a job site? Well, it beats working your a__ off for a good company to get noticed and get promoted, that's for sure. Sign me up!

    Theladders is a joke, you were right for giving them what they deserve.

  • http://humanresourcespufnstuf.wordpress.com HRPufnstuff

    Toby, excellent rant and a point well taken. It’s a shame in times of high unemployment, there are those who seek to take advantage of job seekers. Keep up the fight, Puf’s got your back!

  • http://humanresourcespufnstuf.wordpress.com HRPufnstuff

    Toby, excellent rant and a point well taken. It's a shame in times of high unemployment, there are those who seek to take advantage of job seekers. Keep up the fight, Puf's got your back!

  • http://humanresourcespufnstuf.wordpress.com HRPufnstuff

    Toby, excellent rant and a point well taken. It's a shame in times of high unemployment, there are those who seek to take advantage of job seekers. Keep up the fight, Puf's got your back!

  • Robert

    I think the Ladders is more about being part of an exclusive, velvet roped club, where recruiters go to find “the beautiful (over 100K) people.” It’s not really about the job listings, it’s about being found and recruited. People will pay to if they think there’s a better chance of being discovered in this small, elite club as opposed to a club that lets everyone and anyone in. However, The Ladders could never market themselves that way, it would send the wrong message to those who can’t get in the club.

  • Robert

    I think the Ladders is more about being part of an exclusive, velvet roped club, where recruiters go to find “the beautiful (over 100K) people.” It's not really about the job listings, it's about being found and recruited. People will pay to if they think there's a better chance of being discovered in this small, elite club as opposed to a club that lets everyone and anyone in. However, The Ladders could never market themselves that way, it would send the wrong message to those who can't get in the club.

  • Robert

    I think the Ladders is more about being part of an exclusive, velvet roped club, where recruiters go to find “the beautiful (over 100K) people.” It's not really about the job listings, it's about being found and recruited. People will pay to if they think there's a better chance of being discovered in this small, elite club as opposed to a club that lets everyone and anyone in. However, The Ladders could never market themselves that way, it would send the wrong message to those who can't get in the club.

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