Hey Recruiters: It's time to turn on the lights and chase the cockroaches out. The story below is real and happened just this past week. It’s a story of fraud and one that has real world implications on my business.
If you haven’t heard the radio commercials for Zip Recruiter, you must listen to some remote C & W station from Muleshoe, Texas.
My latest experience with Zip Recruiter
I was minding my business yesterday; I answered my phone. A lovely lady indicated she was interested in the purchasing job we were posting on LinkedIn in the Bay area. Hmm, we don’t have a listing for a purchasing job in the bay area. My first thought was that we had a product manager spot about eight months ago in the Bay area so perhaps this was an old job posting from someplace that was floating around. It didn’t make sense because we don’t post jobs on LinkedIn except within groups on rare occasions. I explained that we didn’t have a listing it could be an old one. The lady indicated it reflected it had been posted the day before.
I asked her to send me a link to the job posting. I clicked on the Link, and there it was posted under my company name, logo and a “Meet Professional Search, Inc. Int’l” under the job posting with further information about my firm. Albeit showing a category that we do not support. Then I noticed that to the right of the posting was our logo over the company name “Professional Search Group.” Not us and no link to a Professional Search Group page.
Trying to figure out who was using our company information to post a job we do not have with our contact details and how they did it, I clicked on apply.
The Application To My Own Job (That I never Posted)
Immediately I received an email from LinkedIn letting me know my application was on the way and a link to see more jobs like the one I just applied for under my company name.
Seconds later I received an email from Emma at Zip Recruiter telling me my app had been sent to Professional Search Group, also giving me a list of multiple other jobs in the same area and same category I could apply for including another agency.
Not only has the candidate applied to a non-existent job in my company name, they have now been given leads from LinkedIn and Zip Recruiter.
I then received an email from Phil at Zip Recruiter thanking me for reaching out to Zip Recruiter and a list of things I could do to be sure my Zip account reflected lots of info so they could help me find a job.
Congratulations to me if I had paid Zip to post this job any candidate applying for it would become a part of the Zip Recruiter database and have the opportunity to pay LinkedIn for premium service to help find a job. You see once you apply there is another link to the post that takes you to the LinkedIn sales page so you can buy the LinkedIn job seeker service. Excellent work.
A company or a recruiter pays Zip to post their job in lots of places. You get the candidates but so does everybody else who posts the same kind of job. Including everybody who posts the same kind of job on LinkedIn.
The Real Question and Zip Recruiters Response
But the real question is, How did Zip Recruiter post this job under my company name without my authorization. Did they use my password for LinkedIn that might be in their files from four years ago when I did a trial of Zip Recruiter that was such a disaster I canceled it after three days?
Their CEO says he has identified who posted the job. Well, that’s nice. Zip Recruiter posted the job; I know that. How did they manage to post it under my company name?
Does Zip Recruiter advertise that if you use their service, they will take the candidates who apply, send them other job opportunities and try to up-sell the candidate to use their job seeker service? Uh, no they don’t.
So if you want to provide a big list of jobs for every candidate who might apply to a job you post by all means pay them to aggregate your candidates and flip them someplace else. You might try and see if they have posted jobs under your company name that you don’t know exist. Difficult to do unless a candidate happens to call you. Why would I be doing a search for a job I don’t have a listing for in an area of the country I seldom work in or a specialty that I may have had two listings in 40 years.
I was just minding my own business when this little gem of fraud, misrepresentation and deceptive trade practice dropped into my lap. It’s great not to know how many people may have applied to this post thinking it was mine and gotten barraged by Zip, LinkedIn and whoever Professional Search Group may or may not be.