I don’t get it, and frankly I’m a bit freaked out: I just got an email message from a company I’d never heard of that said it had matched a couple of possible jobs to my resume, but I never went to their site, never uploaded a resume, and have no idea how they get all that information about me? What’s the scoop, DaveT?
First off, don’t panic. There are lots of legitimate job sites online and if you are looking for a job, they can definitely help you out, but what you received is something entirely different. I bet it read like the following message in my inbox:
We have successfully matched your resume to several opportunites avaliable in your area. To ensure we have your correct contact information on file and ensure that you are still interested in keeping your resume active. Please visit the link below .
So we can continue to maintain our free resume service, we require our members to visit our sponsors websites before we send out avalaible job offers. Once visited, we will send you the fresh job listings that meet your personal resume profile.
We look forward to helping you find that perfect Job
The Resume Support Team
Here’s the secret: this kind of thing is spam. No more, no less. This company, “YRS Resume Service”, doesn’t have a copy of my resume, it just has an interesting angle on sending junk and hoping that we’ll respond by clicking on the link and being infected by spyware, adware, or otherwise brought somewhere other than where we’d expect.
Indeed, read the small print on the Web site and you’ll see what it’s all about, even if it’s rather well hidden:
“Your Resume Service is a FREE service. Our revenue is generated from the willingness of our users to be reached by our marketing partners; which include advertisers and third party marketers. When registering with Your Resume Service you are allowing Your Resume Service to contact you regarding products and services which may be of interest to you.”
Got that? You register your resume with them and they’ll just spam the living daylight out of you. Surely not what you want!
Oh, and don’t worry about them having a copy of your resume. I’m sure that they only have your email address, nothing more, and that’s something that, alas, is all too easy for spammers to find.
Finally, if you are looking for a job, can I recommend reading the following articles? They deal with some of the very best job search sites online, in my opinion:
- The next generation of online job search: indeed.com
- Interview with Gary Scheier from QuietAgent
- How to use LinkedIn to find a job
- LinkedIn and SimplyHired partner for job search solution.