Written by Laura Orpen. Published on 03.09.20.

Online Trends

We at Ingenio Learning understand the job market is a difficult area to navigate even for the most seasoned candidates. It involves so much more than simply applying for a job with your CV and hoping for the best. The online element is now as big a player as your application and CV combination. LinkedIn is an amazing tool that opens us up to a whole new world of opportunities and contacts all around the globe, with job listings to boot. Along with all of these valuable outlets can come another, less helpful side of the online job hunt. There is a growing trend in fake job listings as well as time wasting “head-hunters”.

Inviting Proposition

I experienced this phenomenon myself some months ago. A message arrived in my inbox from a seemingly sincere person, paying me compliments on my “impressive career and experience” thus far. The message proceeded to successfully stroke my ego and by the end I was drafting up my response immediately, but not without a hint of skepticism. After requesting more information about the opportunity, it quickly became clear that this was not only too good to be true but – a pyramid scheme.

The Giveaway

You might be wondering “what gave it away?”. The language that was used changed drastically and confirmed that it was not a job opportunity. Rather, it was an opportunity for me to create something myself in order to earn a “scalable” income. Again, too good to be true. Once asked for the company name, the question was avoided and the response instead was bombardment of additional information. In response I something to the effect of “Thank you, but not thank you”. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Tactical Manipulation

Another trend I mentioned above is that of fake job listings and influential stories from phony recruiters. The purpose of these stories are to gain followers. Along with driving up their online engagement. In an article written last month by Emily Beater for New Statesman, she mentioned how lucrative the fantasy of employment can be for these people but how it drains the hopeful candidate of time and motivation. Reading lengthy posts from these energy-leeching LinkedIn influencers about how they gave the underdog a chance. Or the candidate who missed his train and was late to the interview. The list goes on – it is all a distraction.

A Human Touch

Among the listings are some positions advertised as legitimate roles, although the sole purpose it to collect job seekers data. Beater went on to say, “We no longer apply for jobs with the expectation of getting them – we do it with a dull, desperate instinct, as an exercise in the fantasy of wish fulfilment”. However, measures are in place to make the job search on LinkedIn a more reliable exercise. Maintaining the role of human editors on the site has decreased the chance of fraudulent job listings or emotionally manipulative posts. Despite that, it remains to be a valuable lesson to be taken on board by all potential candidates.

Continue to be open to opportunities and the right role will come your way. Your time and skills are valuable, ensure that you are offering them to sincere and legitimate employers. Having guidance is another useful tool and that’s what Ingenio Learning wants to give you.

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