Fake job posts are everywhere. They anger, discourage and disappoint job seekers. As a result, job seekers become discouraged about the job market, their capabilities, and may change their career track.
Why? Because job seekers believe that the lack of responses to online job applications means there are no jobs in their field.
For recent graduates, fake or unfilled job posts can be even more discouraging. They apply to hundreds of online applications, get a couple, if any, responses and take the first job that comes along. Even if they are not interested in the type of work. The beginning of their career is very important. Starting with a job you dislike can lead to difficulties in the future.
So, why would someone create a fake job post and waste the time of all the applicants? A fake job post can be intentional or even unintentional. For instance:
- Employers can use fake job posts to gauge the talent pool
- Employers don’t always fill open jobs
- Recruiters can use your resume to stockpile information
- Employer can leave job posting up long after the job is filled
- Some job posting are ads for recruiting firms
A lack of feedback from an application sucks, but it’s going to happen. Before you invest your time applying online do your best to determine if the job posting is genuine. A little research today can save you a lot of time and frustration. Remember, online applications are fraught with scams, ATS software, fake job posts, and advertisements. So, be careful and don’t get stressed out.
Have you experienced fake job posts?