Is there a job attached to the ad…or is it a ruse?

I am now starting to wonder if the job advertisement I am replying to is a bona fide ad with a real job attached to it.

You simply cannot tell anymore. The only way you could tell for certain is if you know somebody directly employed in that department at that company; they’d vouch for the ad whether it is real or not.

In fact, exactly that happened when I was working at this one particular job.  I opened up the Help Wanted ads one Sunday and lo and behold, there is an ad — and a sizable one — for the supervisor of our department.

To my knowledge, the boss was not leaving.

I had a part time job at another lab at the time; one of the guys who was my sometime supervisor there applied for the job at our lab.  He wanted to know what was going on, since about 3 weeks had elapsed and he hadn’t gotten a reply from the HR department.

I told him what I told all of you: No, she isn’t leaving and that’s as far as we know — and nobody at all has been in for an interview.

Nobody ever came in for an interview at all. Very very odd.

Who knows why they ran that ad? The boss’ situation was a unique one: she wasn’t going to be replaced by management; she was more or less there to stay and she was brought in with the intent of acting as “The Terminator”: straigtening out the department…and the people.

Years later, she was farmed out and her “job” was replaced with another one, quite different, NOT related to our department at all whatsoever. She was more or less fired as head of our department. (I was long gone by that time; I heard about her “new job” in the business section of our local paper)

This incident happened eons ago. To see a phoney ad was rare. The kooks, weirdoes, scammers and walkers that preyed on job hunters were few and far in between.

I have just replied to 3 ads in a row where I know for certain one job did not exist — that was the guy who asked me to do a presentation — and as for the other 2, I’m sure that something was odd there, too.

Company B, I am convinced, ran the ad to collect names and addresses under the guise of “we need your 3 refrences; bring them to the interview” and Company C interviewed me for only a reason they know of. When I arrived at that interview, i was told “Jack isn’t in; he was called away. I will do the interview.” At 10:30 in the morning? Yes, something is funny here; I have seen this same “he’s not here” at least a dozen times over the years I have been employed and looking for a job.

So who do you trust?

It’s like you simply cannot tell anymore. Too many enocounters with the “boy who cried wolf.” And when there’s a real job attached to the ad, who knows?

If you are lucky enough to have a gut feeling about the ad and/or company, I say trust it. If something seems too good to be true, skip the ad or run like hades if you are at the interview. If you are not comfortable with a company’s request or you think the request is more than just a bit too much to ask of a job candidate, refuse to do what they ask: do you want a job THAT BADLY? I think not.

Why should you waste your time?

That’s the bottom line.

That’s what it boils down to.

YOU are the one IN CHARGE. Don’t let these bastards have you bend over and grab your ankles, so to speak.

5 thoughts on “Is there a job attached to the ad…or is it a ruse?”

  1. Many of the so called jobs I have seen (and applied to)were from employment agencies. In fact it seems more often than not this is the case and then I find out there is no job. Many times the employment agency doesn’t even a job at the company and the company doesn’t even do with temp agencies. Why do they do this then? I asked and was told to keep records and possibly hope to get connections with a company so they might hire them.

  2. This is an old old story with employment agencies: in fact, the “come on down, we have a great job” followed by “Sorry but that job was filled” is their specialty.

    From what I understand, agencies’ “job specialists” get bonuses/commissions for every body tha they bring in that supplies 2 forms of ID.

    As I said, you are the one in charge. If it walks like a duck, you know the rest.

  3. I think I posted on BE site about an incident I had with a local agency. They told me they had a marketing director postion available so I went and applied. When I got there they told me that was gone but they had another position like it. So I applied, which involved taking a bunch of stupid tests. After all of this I asked where the job was and they said they declined to send my resume because I spilled coffee on it. Thats funny because I don’t drink coffee but she got nasty about this. She then said “well you spilled something”. Nope, nothing was spilled it was just printed from my computer.

    I suspect they didn’t have a job but also didn’t want to deal with me after I saw the drug tests, which required ME to pay for them before they would get me a job because “one might come along”. Oh and they also wanted a copy of my credit report too. Yep too invasive for me and when I said I would do both of these if I got a job they probably decided against me.

  4. Usually they scan your resume in from the PDF or the attachment. They don’t bother with paper resumes anymore; rarely do they ever, unless you maybe stop by their office with a hard copy of it.

    A candidate should NOT have to pay for a drug screen or pay for any part of the pre employment testing.

    No loss here, like I said: these 3 “job ads” had no jobs attached to them. I feel like kicking myself for bothering.

  5. No they had me come in for an “interview” and to do some tests. While there I saw some of the people they find jobs for and they aren’t people looking for the same jobs I am (and that’s being polite).

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