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A question about Job Posting and responding

post #1 of 5
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As a consultant, I often scan the local Job postings in our field. Many times I see what's know as "Blind Posts," in other words, someone who doesn't choose to include the name of their venue within' the post. Personally I feel that's bad practice and I'd never respond to it unless they are willing to fess up as to who they are. I know there are reasons an operation might do that, searching for a new chef while their current chef is still aboard is the most common reason. Others just don't want the deluge of calls or walk ins if they do, something that can be taken care of right in the post. I mean if they can't follow direction from a job post how are they going to be in the kitchen, ya know? (I made that mistake once, and every 10 min I was either interrupted with a phone call or walk in candidate. Don't get much done in a days work)

From the perspective of the job seeker, the first thing I think is, "What are they hiding?" Are they so arrogant or uppity on themselves that they are too good to let the world know who they are? Is this just possibly a phishing scam to get personal info?

Sometimes I actually respond, some get upset and respond with a less than professional email and many times I never hear from them. I've had several associates who's names were sold and now receive 100's of spam emails a month because of it.


Any thoughts on this topic of not putting who you are in a job posting and would you respond to a blind post on Craigslist for instance....



post #2 of 5

I agree it's bad practice from my perspective. I want to know who I'm applying with; hotel, country club, fast food? Too often I find it's a place with bad reputation for one reason or another. If you can't state who you are in the ad, I'm immediately suspicious. 

post #3 of 5

If it's anything like other businesses that use head hunters. . .


Heat hunters require a percentage of the salary, a lump sum, or whatever other agreement is made between employer and placement agency/ recruiter. Head hunters don't reveal the name of the company until there is interest by the prospective employer and you meet the basic requirements.


Otherwise, you'd just contact the company direct and bypass the fee the head hunters charge. 


It also means the employer doesn't have to field applications with resume's written in pencil on lined paper, answer calls from idiots like me pretending to be a chef, or have to interrupt your work with walk ins. 

post #4 of 5
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Headhunters usually put their business card at the bottom of their post. I'm speaking of specifically corporate HR and independents just making a job posting not wanting to reveal their identities for whatever reason.

post #5 of 5
This actually happens a lot here in Las Vegas and I have found two jobs that way. Sometimes the hotel HR groups frown on chefs advertising job openings themselves. So the chefs advertise an opening anonymously, find a candidate, then tell the candidate to go through HR as though they are a new applicant.
Crazy corporate games, but both jobs were at high-end properties, so I wouldn't rule it out.
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