Finally there’s another voice from within the job board industry to add to the tirade against Hound.com. Congratulations to Chris Russell for calling out Hound for being one of, if not THE, worst, most fraudulent job boards in the industry. This company is not only the spam king of job boards, it’s a gigantic scam all the way around. Sites like Scam.com and Ripoffreport.com have had postings and long, long corroborative threads about Andrew Harrison Barnes, Employment Crossing, and BCG Attorney Search for years. Harrison Barnes is an absolute crook that deserves to be put behind bars and every company he has ever started turns out to be a massive fraud designed to scam the uninformed, gullible, and unsuspecting.
In terms of the spamming, I had thought it was only job seekers that got spammed by Hound. Now via Chris, it’s obvious that spamming is a fundamental practice in all areas of their business. If you want a taste of their brutal tactics, sign up for a free account (which requires a credit card) and just try to cancel it before or after the charges start occurring. If you do manage to get it canceled, count how many spam emails you are subsequently sent. It’s horrendous. To anyone thinking about using Hound (which I would strongly discourage anyone from doing – and the same goes for ANY job site, including The Ladders, that asks you to pay any kind of fee whatsoever), use an email account that you don’t mind abandoning.
Harrison Barnes, via every single one of his sites including Hound.com and the Employmentcrossing family of sites, is, plain and simple, a scourge in our industry, and more thought-leaders in and around recruiting, recruitment advertising, job search, and career advice need to be way more vocal in speaking out about his abysmal business practices.
Please help spread the word. Repost this blog anywhere and everywhere, retweet it, talk about it to everyone you know around the industry, and advise everyone to do the same. If you find links to other threads along these lines, please post a comment here and link to them.
This crook has no business being a part of our industry.