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Beware the Bait-and-Switch Job Search Alert

I have coached 100’s of people in job searching over the last decade. I am located in, and many of those people are either located in, or seeking to relocate to, Charlotte. Job search alerts which allow specification of location can be a great time-saver for job seekers. I often use them myself as a tool to assist the people I coach.  I have recommended various job-search sites that offer this feature as a great resource over the years.

Job Search Alert Emails ONLY jobs in Charlotte

Job Search Alert Emails ONLY jobs in Charlotte

 

However, job search alerts can become SPAM when criteria established by the job-seeker are ignored. One of my pet peeves is the practice of baiting job seekers with a job in a desirable location when in fact the job is in another, less desirable, location. I guess the theory is that ‘if I can just get them to read my job description, they will overlook that it requires relocating.’

 

Job Ad from Clicking on 3rd job in Email Above - Note Location: Charlotte

Job Ad from Clicking on 3rd job in Email Above – Note Location: Charlotte

In some cases it may be a simple quality control shortcoming. Because Charlotte is such a desirable location we see these bait and switch job ads all the time here. If this is intentional, then it is unethical, and job search sites that condone it are complicit. If it is unintentional, then it shows poor commitment to quality on the part of both the employer and the job search site. A quality job search site would provide a button to report job ad problems, such as mis-location, in a drop down menu, and they would have someone assigned to follow-up and correct user-identified problems. A general feedback page is good, but not many people are going to bother to find it to identify a mis-location, bait-and-switch problem like the one exposed in these images.

Company Website indicates Chicago is actual location

Company Website indicates Chicago is actual location

I encourage job-seekers who encounter this type of problem to find the feedback pages on the sites involved, and take the time to identify the problem, even if the result is unrewarding.

Feedback Response

Feedback Response