I get a newsletter published by AskTheHeadhunter. His latest issue is a slam on CareerBuilder and I must say, I tend to agree with him.
Responding to a readers question asking if CareerBuilder was more useful he says "CareerBuilder is for dopes" and offers the following proof direct from the company's mission statement;
"We are changing the way companies around the world recruit their most important asset: their people. Our mission is to be the global leader in online recruitment advertising by being an employee-driven, customer-focused organization that provides the best rate of return to our shareholders."No where does it say CareerBuilder exists to help people find jobs. They're all about fulfilling shareholders pockets. He goes on to say;
"CareerBuilder is not in the business of matching people with jobs. It is a marketing and advertising company that uses trivial data base methods to make money from naive job hunters and employers. And it succeeds: corporate America and job hunters fork over millions of dollars each year to play on this weighted roulette wheel."The bigger job boards value to job seekers is no doubt shrinking. All the stats are proving that to be true. The new push is niche and local sites like the one I run. Headhunter agrees;
"But the main reason you'd be wasting your time with CareerBuilder is that it doesn't work well. None of the big job boards publish (or claim to track) success rates -- that is, your odds of finding or filling a job by using them"He also says CareerBuilder takes advantage of job seekers by "upgrading" their resume for fees ranging from $100-$150 which will give your resume more visibility. To this he says;
There are over 20 million resumes in our database... how will you be noticed?" Just how high up in that massive data base is $150 going to get you?If you're going to use job boards, go local he says;
If you're going to use job ads, look at the small independent newspapers and at local and niche web sites....the good ones focus on local jobs and also provide relevant business articles that can give you an edge as you research and select good target companies.