Selling Fashizzle to Job Seekers

bajOne of the things I find puzzling is the massive amount of sales pitching being done to the unemployed. People are aggressively marketing to job seekers (example) a whole array of purported  “insider job leads” that, in my investigation, afford the job seeker nothing they could not accomplish for free on their own.

There’s all kinds of tactics being used to attract job seekers (money) today, such as  “insider tips” e-books, online job postings with automatic monthly fee charges; RSS feeds (for a fee) – you name it. The less reputable marketers will go so far as to post bogus jobs (check out Craigslist), with the intention of “up-selling” applicants who respond. I find it insidious and highly unethical. Most of the people out of work today are those already from middle to low pay scales, they don’t have expendable incomes, yet this is precisely the “audience” these bogus ass marketeers are selling their fashizzle to.

There is no “super secret” job finder tool.

It never ceases to amaze (and offend) me how confident these “marketeers” are of the public’s overall ignorance.

Related: Scams Aimed At the Jobless.

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4 Responses to “Selling Fashizzle to Job Seekers”


  1. 1 Ram Venkatararam January 27, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I recently attempted to hire a minion to work in my convenience store and was amazed at the response. Here’s an insider secret I’ll share for free. Spell resume correctly and don’t show up high at the job interview!

  2. 3 Randall Arnold January 28, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I’m pissed at training ads masquerading as job offers. Fortunately Careerbuilder has a Report function.

  3. 4 Queen"B" January 28, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Exactly what I mean. Masquerading is a great way to describe it. It’s a nasty, misleading tactic. When I see companies do this – especially in public forums like Craig’s – I LOVE LOVE LOVE to bitch flag them. 🙂


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