My posting about TheLadders has more comments on it than any blog entry I’ve ever written (including while I was blogging for InfoWorld). What’s interesting is that no one defends TheLadders. Even people with embarrassing stories about wasting their money and getting burned came forward to share their pain and anger.
Then a recruiter posted a comment about how she has found some good candidates on TheLadders. I’m posting my reply here because, well, it’s my blog and I can post where I want ;-). Sorry for pulling rank and bumping up my comment…
Check Audrey Chernoff’s post in the comments section. I don’t know Audrey, but she sounds like a nice, responsible recruiter who tries to do the job right and with integrity. But she blames job hunters for diluting the quality of responses she gets from her Ladders job postings. Give me a break. The problem is bigger.
You raise an important point about people not reading job postings carefully and applying for the wrong jobs, but I don’t think any recruiter has a right to complain when they rely on a massive-listings job board. Of course people will respond without reading carefully. Ladders and other big boards are crap shoots. When employers and recruiters dump every position they have in one place, they get back every resume on the planet in response. This system quickly teaches people to apply for almost any job that’s posted. Let the data base sort it all out.
What else do you expect?
Using a job board is not job hunting and it’s not recruiting. It’s spinning a roulette wheel and hoping your number will come up. It might be more productive to stand on a corner handing out resumes. There’s a guy who did that. It’s an interesting story.
I think the bottom line is, the fraud that is TheLadders (and other big job boards like CareerBuilder, Monster, HotJobs) is spawned by lazy practices of HR departments, and by the desperation of job hunters. Who actually goes out and recruits any more? It’s all done from a cushy chair sitting in front of a computer.
In the Information Technology world, there’s an expression for this phenomenon. Actually, it’s an explanation for the problem you describe: Garbage in, Garbage out.
It’s time for HR departments and “recruiters” to take responsibility for turning recruiting into a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
What do you expect?
Please don’t complain about job hunters, Audrey. You’re not paying them any money to get their applications. Perhaps once it figures out how to limit its data base to “ONLY $100k+ JOBS. ONLY $100k+ CANDIDATES,” TheLadders will figure out how to sort the credible candidates from the role-players. After all, you’re paying good money for this service.