Companies Found Using Fake Job Postings After Survey Finds 3 out of 10 Listings as 'Deceptive'

By Thea Felicity

Jun 23, 2024 12:39 PM EDT

Danny Crouch pets his dog as he sits in his basement working from home in Arlington, Virginia, on May 25, 2023. The pandemic forced Americans to work from home. And now, more than three years on, employers are struggling to bring them back to the office. A third of employees in the US currently have complete freedom about where they work, compared with just 18 percent in France, according to a recent ADP study of 17 countries.

A recent survey by Resume Builder found that three out of every ten job postings are potentially fake. The survey, as shared by Business Insider, was conducted among nearly 650 hiring managers.

Stacie Haller, chief career advisor at Resume Builder, expressed concern over the ethical implications of this practice, noting that it undermines trust among current and prospective employees. 

She emphasized that such tactics could backfire by damaging a company's reputation when exposed.

Interestingly, the prevalence of fake job listings isn't limited to small firms or staffing agencies; increasingly, larger companies are adopting this strategy. 

This trend adds to job seekers' frustration, particularly in industries like technology, where the job market remains competitive despite overall strength in employment opportunities.

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Why Companies Post Fake Job Listings

Haller pointed out that the reasons for posting fake jobs range from attracting external talent to managing internal workforce perceptions. 

However, she questioned whether such practices boost work productivity or create employee anxiety. 

She urged employers to adopt more transparent hiring practices to build trust and avoid misleading potential candidates.

Despite the ethical concerns, the survey also revealed that some applicants who applied for fake positions were contacted for interviews, indicating that these listings sometimes yield real job opportunities despite the deception. 

As for job seekers, Haller advised them to verify the authenticity of listings by researching the hiring company and checking the posting date, suggesting that outdated postings are often red flags for potential scams or misleading advertisements.

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