Google listens? What about Yahoo?
Interesting that Scoble has such influence with Google. I clicked "apply" for a job I saw on HotJobs and found that I had already applied almost four months ago. Oh, well, let me check the date again. Today? How could I have applied if the job was just added today?.
The respose I got from their service rep is that this is a service they provide to allow job postings to come back to the top of the list. It is similar to the way that editing your resume makes it appear newer.
Four months? Give me a break. The difference is this:
- If a company has the same job posted four months down the road, then they are probably not really looking to fill it. If they were, they’d raise the pay, change the schedule, change the working conditions, but they would not have the same ad word for word (yes, I checked) when it obviously wasn’t working.
- If someone’s resume is up four months, and your offer is right, the person may accept it on the phone. Even if he or she already has a job, if the offer is right, they will quit to take the new job.
All this means is that Yahoo HotJobs has corrupted their database. The reason compnies pay them is because they have a large pool of users that are ready to apply. If they keep playing these games, they won't even have that. I would like to see if an influential blogger like Scoble would get Yahoo to change. They certainly do not listen to those who are not influential.
As I recently reported, one outside recruiter seems to think that sending out a batch of untargeted resumes is the way to go. This Yahoo HotJobs policy seems to be perfect for those who really have no current jobs to place, but want to build a portfolio of potential candidates to show to prospective clients.
Reminds me of a local company that has a permanent ad in the local classifieds:
We need fifteen hardworking people to replace fifteen who were not….
It turns out that this place sends people out to go door to door in the commercial part of town, trying to sell all sorts of cheaply-made garbage to the other businesses' customers before they can chase them away. I doubt that most of their employees ever earn a dime from it.