The Hungry Writer

An unemployed writer keeping sane during The Depression II.

Posts Tagged ‘monster’

Brave New World.

Posted by The eDater on February 2, 2009

From the San Fran Sentinel

From the San Fran Sentinel

So, the numbers summed for the month of January: 162,962 layoffs. And of course, that’s the conservative number – we know, for instance, IBM has a lot more layoffs in store than they’ve got listed so far.

Meanwhile, gotta love that the Super Bowl had ads from both Monster and Careerbuilder. I’m tellin’ ya – this is about the hippest time to be unemployed yet. We are so in.

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Posted by The eDater on January 27, 2009

Who, exactly, is calling?

Who, exactly, is calling?

Well, I may owe Careerbuilder an apology. All those junky emails claimed they’d found me through Careerbuilder, but are we really going to trust the authors of junky phishing emails?

Meanwhile, turns out that Monster just had a major security breach – with somewhere between most and all of their user data stolen. Resum├ęs were not accessed, we’re told, and it sounds like more an email phishing expedition, as opposed to identity theft. (After all, aren’t job seekers amongst the poorest segment of society? Is that who you really wanna be?)

Nonetheless, I’m gonna be vigilant, and perhaps change my birthday. That oughtta fool ’em good. I always wanted a true spring birthday anyway, as opposed to my current mud season.

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Someone’s gotta say it.

Posted by The eDater on January 25, 2009

Careerbuilder sucks. I forgot just how much it sucks. Soon’s you activate your account, they bombard you with emails and updates. (They’re bad enough my mail program automatically thought it was spam.) Spambots start writing you, ‘begging’ you to work for them, from home, for thousands of dollars a day. Stores want to give you $1000 to shop there. All you need do is pay $60 – or $90 – or $115 – to register. And get 6 friends to do the same, or something equally appalling, you’ve seen these scams. Now, I’m seeing them a lot more. A LOT more.

Sadly, the navigation is better than Monster’s, and the job posts don’t cross over that much. Indeed, for writers and media types, there seems to be more on Careerbuilder. So we’ve gotta just suck it up, I suppose. My delete trigger is fast – and I’ve nothing better to do, right?

And while we’re on the topic, those freelance bidding sites are soul destroyers. You go on there, and a project looks good… until you see someone’s willing to do it for $15. I mean, come on. Who’s that shmuck? And who’s the shmuck who trusts a multi-day project to someone working for 30 cents an hour?

Well, they’re the employed, I suppose. Fear them, my brethren.

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