10.18.2007

Obscured Pay-for-Services

As you might guess, I've been spending quite a ridiculous amount of time on job sites looking for a good job or even a mediocre job.

Part of that process is taking advantage of all the resources each site has to offer.

I've stopped using Monster.com because of their security issues and their lack of being completely forthright with their users when they did realize that they'd been breached. Which is two big and nasty strikes. These days, that's one too many and they handled it badly. Oh yeah, the huge splash page to sign up for Phoenix University or some other school upon signin was really annoying too. So Monster had to go.

I've been trying to use CareerBuilder with limited success. They do not seem to understand that 25 miles means 25 miles, not 40 or 50 or 60 in some cases. A fifty mile commute here means close to two hours each way and that is just going to happen. But I still try to use the site and was reading my email this morning and they said something about a service called ResumeDirect.

The idea is that they've got access to jobs that aren't even being advertised and will feed those HR Managers your resume to get you in the door more quickly. There are some flaws with the logic but I thought "What the hell" and gave it a try. After getting nearly all of my info loaded in, including a rather stupid idea of a generic cover letter (which is like a flashing neon sign saying DELETE ME to a hiring manager) then they take me to the checkout.

And at the checkout they want to bill me more than a hundred bucks for the service. At no other time during the process was a cost mentioned, nor that the costs would be higher for selecting multiple industries. My immediate response was to close the window and go back to my regular (read that, free) job searching.

Why do companies think it is sensible to hit you with the costs after the groundwork is done? It just pisses me off and could have saved me the time by making it very clear up front that this was a pay-for service.

The result of which is that I no longer trust or want to make use of the site because I feel like they are going to be trying to weasel money out of me.

The same sort of thing for Guru.com. I logged in last night for the first time in months and came across several projects I could definitely do. But when I clicked through them I found out that I could read the projects but not bid on them unless I upgraded my account to a paid account. Which, as you might guess, is not going to happen and I will very likely never even try to use Guru again.

I understand these companies aren't charities and they need to beef up their bottom lines but they charge to post the jobs and should not be obfuscating their costly add-ons by putting the money stuff after the work of entering the information.

And, because I hate having nothing but negativity in my posts these days, I'll wrap up by saying I've got an extremely promising interview being schedule for this coming Monday. Its with a great and stable company in the bike industry and I would love to get on board with them.

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