This was a thought provoking question posted on LinkedIn. What do you think? here's my answer:
“I believe that many so called recruiters and job boards are capitalizing on the high numbers of people ACTIVELY seeking work in order to somehow make it through, themselves. For me, I'm not doing this because I think it dilutes a brand. People should never have to pay for a job. EVER. Job boards are for lazy agency recruiters who don't have time to actually research and source to find people. In my humble opinion, these companies are taking advantage of some job seekers who really need help just finding a job. So there are more places to be the beacon of hope, the quick fix, the fast solution. Some people posted that job seekers don't have the money to put into a job search. This point I'd like to address. Yes, it's true that job seekers don't have any extra income. But to really invest in your career future, or just to get a job it's really important to spend money on things that will help make this happen. Rather than investing in a "hope to be a quick fix" job board for candidates, my opinion is to spend money getting help on interviewing, cold calling to get interviews and some good interviewing clothes. These are the subjective ways that employers hire great people. Not by impersonally matching a skill or resume to a set of requirements. I hope this makes sense!