Rule Number 1: Don’t ever pay anyone for a job

I’ve been using the job boards a lot in my current job search. Or trying to, anyway. What this means is that my resume gets into a lot of hands.

Some of those hands actually try to be helpful. I got a call today from a recruiter (one of those people we used to call “headhunters”) who had an exciting opportunity. So exciting, in fact, that I could barely understand the message he left me. The only word that I was able to figure out was the name of the company that I used to work for. Finally, the guy sent me an email explaining what he wanted. When I read where the client was located, I knew who the client was, because I had been there, leading a training session. (They were possibly the rudest people I have ever worked with. They were late coming to class, late coming back from breaks and lunch, wouldn’t do the exercises, sat and did their emails and took phone calls while I was talking, and wanted class to be over at 3:30 every afternoon. The last thing I wanted to do is work with them for the next twelve months.)

But, here’s the thing that really gets me:

You get an email from a board with a number of job openings, and find one that sounds interesting. You click on the link and are brought to a screen that shows you part of the job listing… then, if you want to see the rest of it, you have to pay them. You have to subscribe to their board to apply for the job.

Now, they aren’t asking for a whole lot of money. It works out to what you’d pay to buy the Sunday papers (which evidently no one does anymore when they’re looking for work) every week. But it’s the principle involved. It’s like they’re saying, “if you want the job, you have to give us money.” I learned years ago that you never, never, never pay someone to find you a job. A legitimate recruiter or job board gets their fee from the company with whom they placed the candidate.

Needless to say, I’ll find other job boards to do business with.