OK, about this job ad...

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by klmno, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    I started another email acct and sent a nice message expressing interest but concern over Cri***st ads and asked for comapny name and email addy so I could send a resume directly to them. Dummy me didn't realize that my name I put in when setting up my email addy shows up as the sender so that turned out to be a moot point. LOL!

    Anyway, I got a message back from a person saying it was definitely a legitimate job and they would be very interested in my resume because they have an immediate need for this level of expertise. (This is for my original profession which requires a license and that's what the ad asked for.) But- no company name or email addy was listed except for another email addy that's clear anonymous, too.

    I haven't responded- I'm too afraid of losing my job. My noss is NUTS!
  2. Mattsmom277

    Mattsmom277 Active Member

    I'd just not respond and move on. Any legitimate company looking to hire would answer the direct question for information about their company when asked, especially given the emphasis on hiring employers who prefer to have applicants not only licensed in their field but experience in other companies that have similar positions. I would just keep job hunting and chalk this up to "fishy and unworthy of investigation" lol.
  3. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Yup. I'd agree too. Any legit company would be up front - heck, even MY work emails have all kinds of stuff on them. Address, phone, business name, ...And I work for the federal government...
  4. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    Yep, what they said. Any legitimate ad would have that kind of info. I would just move on. And honestly....I don't think there are really all that many "real" help wanted ads on that site.
  5. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Thanks- well three votes so it's out. And I was a little suspicious about the validity of it to begin with since I couldn't find a posting for it anywhere else. Usually if it's a job available in this profession and someone really is in a hurry to get a new employee, they list in newspapers and major job sites and then that site. I couldn't find this one listed anywhere else.
  6. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    on the other hand - you already stuck your neck out and gave your real name. So what now do you have to lose?

    If you can set this up without any chance of your boss knowing, and that includes any chance this IS your boss (in which case he now knows, because you used your real name) then at least check it out. But I would be extra wary, because this level of secrecy from them, is a worry. What sort of business is it? You don't have to give details, just think about it for yourself: is it the kind of business where they need a public profile of sorts? Or is it possible they are already getting as much business as they can handle (and more) via word of mouth, and are hiring more staff to cope with it? How long have they been in business? Are they registered with the relevant authorities? (if you have the same sort of business registration we do). For example, here in Australia, I could call the ACCC and find out if they are currently registered and even if there have been any complaints made about them. I could also call Department of Industrial Relations and check the registration and reputation with them. You are entitled to contact a prospective employer and interview them beforehand - in my involvement in staffing panels, we often find some applicants who contact the panel convenor and ask for an information package on the school (read 'company' as equivalent) and even a few who have made appointments to come in and look around, even before we've even discussed whether to give them an interview or not. The fact of an applicant coming in for a look-see before the panel has met to discuss the applications, has to be divulged to the panel members and recorded. So it is acceptable, it can happen.

    A prospective employer who is not assisting you to find out more, would have to have a very good reason for this. For example, easy child 2/difficult child 2 answering an ad for cast for a film. It was not at all unusual for prospective cast to be told, "It's a short film," or "It's a feature film, big budget." But not much more. They might say, "We are looking for someone to play a 16 yo girl, set in present-day, a girl living on the streets as a junkie. The role will require filming over four days beginning in early March. Location - Sydney." The amount it pays should also be divulged. No other details need be given. Later on if she gets the role she might find out just how big budget (or not) the film might be, who the director is, who any other cast might be. But these are things often kept hush-hush in acting, because they don't want the word to get out, someone else might steal a march on the film, or reporters might get a whisper of it and cause problems by crowding the set (especially if filming is happening in an other wise public place). So thee can be reasons for secrecy, especially if they are concerned about industrial espionage, or some other information poaching.

    As I said - there should be good reasons.

    But a prospective employer who is trying to hire the best person for the job, for a company trying to compete in the business world, should be putting the word out. Unless the need to hire someone needs to be secret for business reasons (such as a legal accountant to wind up the affairs of a company about to go into liquidation, if they can't mange to trade out) any company will surely want the word spread openly.

    If your boss comes back to you and says, "I put a fake job ad out there just to test your loyalty. You failed. Get packing," you can always reply with, "I was not enquiring about myself, I have a friend I studied with, she needs a job, I was making enquiries on her behalf. But she doesn't want her own name used... seems she has a boss who is afraid of losing her, but who won't give her breathing room to do her job." It would be interesting to see how your boss would respond!