Archive for the 'Job scams' Category


The Bogus-ness of Indeed.com

Monday, March 31st, 2014

In the April 2, 2014 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks me to stop dissing job boards: You claim that job boards don’t work. Yet virtually every job in the world is advertised on job boards, and employers use job boards all the time! Just look at all the traffic they get. I think […]


Federal Court OK’s Suit Against TheLadders: Breach of contract & deceptive practices

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

During the many years this blog has reported the questionable practices of TheLadders, angry Ladders customers who felt scammed often commented that someone should file a class action against the company. Their wishes have come true. The United States District Court, Southern District of New York, has ruled that a consumer action lawsuit may proceed […]


TheLadders Update: Still sliming its customers

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

I’ve covered the sad story of TheLadders in many columns on this blog over the years. So, what’s up with this poster child of bad behavior in the career space? The company’s $2,500 “We guarantee you a job” offer is long gone. The front-and-center resume writing offers have disappeared. Of course, a class-action suit about […]


Join My LinkedIn Gang-Bang!

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

In the December 3, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader wants to join my network: I wanted to send you a LinkedIn invitation to connect, but I noticed on your LinkedIn profile page that you only accept connections from people you already know. How can you expand your network if you don’t want to […]


Outplacement Or Door Number 2?

Monday, November 11th, 2013

In the November 12, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks about outplacement: My company is downsizing and I know I’m going to get cut. HR tells us they’re going to give us help finding a job from a top firm that specializes in this. What do you think of outplacement? Nick’s Reply When […]


LinkedIn For Kids: The biggest lead-gen pimp on the Internet?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

What’s LinkedIn chairman Reid Hoffman looking at? 13-year-olds — LinkedIn’s newest big-money data set. And my bet is his sharedholders are going to be looking at the Internet’s biggest privacy nightmare yet. Advice to Moms and Dads: Take your kids off his street. Under the guise of helping 13-year-olds “start their careers off right,” LinkedIn is […]


Executive Search: Don’t pay lazy headhunters

Monday, September 16th, 2013

In the September 17, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader asks why headhunters charge you to join their database so they can “find” you and earn big fees by placing you. Where’s the search in that? I run a small, high-tech company and I’ve been looking at various models for hiring top-level executive talent, […]


Job Boards: Take this challenge or F off!

Monday, May 6th, 2013

In the May 7, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a job hunter gets fed up having to pay to “access” jobs online: I have been job hunting for three weeks now and each time I come across a job that I would like to apply for, I get directed to a website that demands payment. […]


TheLadders sued for multiple scams in U.S. District Court class action

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Ask The Headhunter readers have been asking for it for years, and it’s finally happened. A consumer protection class action was filed against TheLadders on March 11, 2013 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, for: breach of contract, money had and received, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair […]


Systemic Recruitment Fraud: How employers fund America’s jobs crisis

Monday, January 21st, 2013

In the January 22, 2013 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, reader John Franklin (who appeared with me on a PBS NewsHour segment last September) says recruitment advertising is often deceptive and asks how widespread I think the problem is: Hi, Nick — Happy New Year. I was one of the other folks featured in the PBS story Is […]