I am officially declaring war on this kind of stuff.
"Difficult and time consuming" to find a contact name and email address? That's complete crap.
I let the last post go and I also let the troll who joined the site at the time to add a positive comment to the post Rick put up but not this time.
I have been rather quietly doing free online job presentations the past month as an extension of what I am doing locally. I have been doing job search presentations for free for 7 years. FREE!!! Why? Because it only takes 6-90 minutes of my time to help groups of 20-200 learn how to do an effective job search.
I already was working on a tutorial on how to find contact names and email addresses. I guess I better hurry up and get it done.
Later today the writer of the article is going to get an email from me, should be interesting.
Disclaimer, of the 4 presentations I am doing at some one point will have a a fee, likely the LinkedIn for $25, to cover the costs of what I have been doing. Much, much less than the $50-$150 going rate I am seeing. And I guess all I need to do is teach someone how to find 3 names/email addresses and attendees will come out ahead on the transaction.
I get the idea of needing to stay in the game. The only reason I survived the last recession was because I was single, no kids, no mortgage. My mind set was that I was going to scrape by and come out the other side.
Thankfully I am in a much better position than I was then. Times are tough, no doubt.
And I get the idea of providing a service to a job seeker. But at least have provide some reasonable value. Sure that depends on the eye looking at it and I guess that is where the debate is.
Geez, maybe I should start posting all the local print and TV stories I have been in and not on my RBC blog like I infrequently do (and where it should go) but here on a discussion forum so it sticks around a while and people can find out how cool I think I am.