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In The Bogus-ness of Indeed.com we discussed phony success metrics published by “the world’s #1 job site.” The point of that column is that Indeed implies it fills lots of jobs and finds jobs for lots of people (“140 million”) — yet never actually claims anything of the sort.
Bob, an Ask The Headhunter reader who uses no surname, just sent me something interesting — more bogus-ness from Indeed that’s worth a laugh. You can play along, too!
I call this game…
Are you as dumb as HR?
Bob suggests we visit I got a job! at Indeed.com. (Please open a new browser so you can play along without closing this page.)
Cool form, eh? Well, to play this game, you don’t have to do any more work than the good folks at Indeed do to find you a job. Don’t enter any information. Leave it all blank!
Just click the button labeled “Share your story.”
BAM! You’re done! Indeed will congratulate you on your new fake job and add one to its counter.
Did you win?
You just helped Indeed fake out the next person that comes along!
Bob says, “What this means is that robots can actually click this and increase the job count automatically.”
One of Indeed’s big marketing lines is about “How the world works.” Now you know how Indeed works. It doesn’t claim it filled all those jobs. You claimed you got all those jobs!
But wait a minute… You’re not as dumb as the HR departments that dump billions of dollars into job boards like Indeed every day! Yay!
But if you keep playing this game, you still lose — because you’ll keep wondering why you can’t find a job online!
Is there another way? Of course there is — don’t play games! There’s no faking it. There’s no automated shortcut to the job you really want. Check Ask The Headhunter In A Nutshell: The short course for 4 tips that include no shortcuts — or dumb online forms.