A Fair Exchange Of Information

Trolling the Craigslist ads, December 7, 2012.
Trolling the Craigslist ads, December 7, 2012.

As I mentioned back on November 10th, a lot of the telemarketing job openings in central Pinellas have simply gone away, and are not advertising job openings nor have they since the Presidential elections. My guess is a lot of these companies now see a second term for a President Obama as confirmation that his health care system will take effect, and have decided not to hire any more help.

I continue to see a lot of companies that still do hire in Pinellas County put up what I call “weasel ads” on Craigslist.  They will put up an ad, and not put up a phone number as to who to call and where to go, just the “reply to this ad” button in the upper left of the job page.  Some company who hides behind an E-mail won’t talk to you if they don’t want to, which defeats the whole purpose of hiring to begin with, doesn’t it?  A company with an address or a phone number would be a lot less likely to play a shell game on somebody looking for a job.

And would not a perspective hire think twice about replying to such an ad?  If they (the advertiser of a job) have something to hide now, it’s probably for a reason that will be discovered later.  Maybe it’s not a licensed place.  Maybe it’s a place where you are a “1099” independent contractor employee, where the company you do business with does not take out taxes.

So if you see one of those “weasel ads” on Craigslist, avoid it like the plague.  It’s usually not worth the headaches it will cost you later.


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