How do you know if you’re getting spam e-mails related to a job hunt after you post your e-mail address, resume or personal details to a site like CareerBuilder, Monster, LinkedIn — or for that matter Craigslist or any other site? Easy. Set up a separate e-mail address in advance that’s unique to that site. And see what e-mail follows at that address.
That’s what John Gembecki of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., did when he started a job hunt last year, and his results are instructive. He’s still getting 80 e-mails a day touting sales jobs that are (or appear to be) bogus, free business cards, earn-from-home schemes and more.
“Unlike spam that references Viagra or deposed Nigerian princes, job-related spam exploits neither lust nor greed but the simple desire to find gainful employment,” Julie Moran Alterio writes in an excellent article on the Gannett site LoHud.com (for “Lower Hudson River Valley”).
It points out a very legitimate concern for job-seekers — but more important, for the people who run recruitment sites. Because if the personal information and private e-addresses used by job-seekers start generating spam, it degrades the value of the site and can destroy their reputation. In some ways, the damage may ultimately be even worse than a one-time hit by hackers or identity-theft artists.
“Some job spam is obvious and can be deleted quickly, but other messages can’t be ignored until they are read thoroughly because they seem like they plausibly could come from a real employer — before you read the fine print,” Alterio writes.
More important: The article illustrates a major concern for every recruitment site, and to a lesser degree any Web site that captures and provides e-addresses. Anyone doing anything to fix this?