Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Don't Pay Extra For Outdated Want Ads

For every unemployed person looking for a job there are several others willing to help them find employment... for a price. While paying employment services and going through executive search companies are long standing practices, many in today's job market are answering advertisements for job offering high pay, even for those without credible job skills and with the advertisement's professional presentation, many of those who can least afford it, are sending away for the information.

With a computer, online access and a web site, just about anyone can become a job placement counselor overnight. No experience required. Unfortunately, what most of these online services provide are outdated help wanted ads from around the country. They may peruse the want ads of many different newspapers, sorting the ads by region and when someone comes to them for help finding a job, they send out the ads relating to the field of employment being sought.

The problem with many of these services is that they don't bother to purge their employment lists on a daily basis and many of the ads can be several weeks old before the job seeker ever receives them. If the ad requests the applicant send in a resume, it may arrive weeks after the position has been filled and the job seeker will never know what they didn't hear from the company again.

While there are a few online sources for finding a job, sticking with the larger online job services is the best bet. Even then, many of the jobs are filled faster than they are removed from the site's list of openings.

However, just because one job is filled doesn't mean you should forget about using online resources for your job search. It simply means be careful about which service you choose to use.

Additionally, you have probably seen advertisements about government confiscated homes, cars and merchandise being offered for sale at ridiculously low prices and you can have the list by calling a toll-free number and then giving your credit card number to pay for the list along with postage and handling. When the list arrives there is a good chance much of the information is old. Cars and houses have already been sold and you will essentially have a history book of past sales.

While buying this information can cut down time spent looking for deals, the federal government's General Accounting Office offers this same, timely information on its website available for free, along with the information needed to make a bid online. It may take a little time searching for what you're looking for, but the pay off is the money you save by not buying an outdated list. Just about every list being sold online can be compiled on your own for free, minus the time you spend cruising the internet.