- Posted October 11, 2012 by
Job Seekers Get False Hope With Fake Job Listings
Here is my story:
I am a JOB SEEKER (pro photographer, graphic designer, photo coach) who has spent countless hours, applying for dozens and dozens of jobs linked from a company called "Simply Hired". I never heard back from a single employers then today I discovered MY OWN COMPANY listed as an EMPLOYER on their job site!!??? Not only did I not authorize this job listing nor do I have any employment positions available, (I'm LOOKING for jobs myself!) but when I pretended to be the job seeker and filled out the so-called "job application" (for a job at my own company no less), not only did I, the employer never receive the job seekers application and cover letter but I, the job seeker didn't get a reply back from the job listing! This now explains why I have never heard a single reply to my applications to any of their "so-called" available jobs! Because they don't exist! The job applications never reach the employers! To add to this many of the job listed have long since ben filled. I spent an hour writing a well crafted cover letter to an employer about a job and filling out a lengthy job application. Doing some investigative work behind the scenes I discovered this job was listed on the the employers website 8 months ago!!! (while Simply hired posted it on their site to read: " job posted 8 hours ago". This makes it appears as though the job was posted by the employer 8 hours ago so its still fresh and worth applying for. This is false advertising and misleading consumers. Few, if any, of the actual job listing were posted by the employers themselves. I would love to se an investigation behind this asking the employers if they posted the jobs on these job website and if so when?
Simply Hired is in business to pretend to have lots of jobs in order to get people to surrender personal information, sign up with their company (and all their affiliates) and pay for things they don't need. THIS IS A SCAM! They are preying on the vulnerable and desperate job seeker willing to do just about anything for a job!
To add to this........ The listing they have from my company is for an internship which I have listed on my website with a clearly marked warning that includes: " Images and content from this website are not to be used without the copyright holders written permission". So in theory, this company has stolen information off of my website in order to promote their own company's services (and fill the gaps to "appear" as though they have more job listings) without my permission and without compensating me for the use of my company name on their website! This is this is called copyright infringement.
When I complained to the owner he sent me an email stating "We receive our jobs from job boards, agencies, and direct employers like the companies themselves. We also crawl the internet to find open jobs in general. We are allowed to do this by law as information online is in the public domain." Information online ISN'T public domain its still protected by copyright. I am an author of several books and I cannot use content from someone else's website in my book without their permission and or crediting them. This is called plagurism.
There are dozens upon dozens of job websites out there doing the same thing - simply stealing job listings, recycling them onto their own job website and posting them "as though" they were fresh and posted by the employer only a few hours prior. They applications go no where.
I would love to see a story about this in "Keeping Them Honest" category. Please contact me if you would like add'l information