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Recruitment: show me the money!

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Even It Up! received a this job ad from a supporter.  It seems that Hydrogen Group is looking for recruitment consultant.  While we don’t want tar all recruiters with the same brush, it is clear that helping people is not even on the radar with this particular organisation… it’s all about the cash!

On the bright side, at least they aren’t members of the RCSA!


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August 27, 2009 at 9:52 am

Anatomy of a fake job ad

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Even It Up! was alerted to this job ad via Twitter (by the way, if you wanted to follow us, we are @evenitup).  If this isn’t a fake job ad, we’ll eat our hats!

Posted on Hippo, a few things should be setting off alarm bells right about now:

  • No experience is necesary in order to be making mega-bucks (if it sounds too good to be true,  usually is!)
  • Hotmail email address rather than a business one
  • No contact person to speak to about the role
  • Promises of “speedy career progress” to go along with the mega-bucks you are going to make from this role.
  • No website listed, so it’s difficult to research the business. We Googled AbT and came up with nothing.  Abril Commercial Foreign Exchange revealed this.  Typing the URL direct into the browser revealed this.
  • We typed the address into Google Maps and came up with an address that was not in Sydney, but rather near Parramatta.  A street view reveals either a park or residential area, depending on how you look at it.
  • Home-based job workers required (not that there’s anything wrong with home-based work, but in this context, no good can come of it!)
  • Really bad English.  Now we’ve thought about it, this is more like a scam than a fake job ad!  Sounds like something to do with either processing ill-gotten gains or ripping people off.

While the Latin phrase caveat emptor – or buyer beware – applies to buying goods, Even It Up! thinks that an equally appropriate Latin saying needs to be devised to apply to jobseekers.  Beware and aware!

Oh, and if (despite our warning!) you do want to send off your CV, do not include any personal details.  You never know.  The person being scammed could be you.

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August 22, 2009 at 11:30 am

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Update: national enquiry into recruitment

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Further to our post Recruitment: 4 Reasons for a National Enquiry, Even It Up! can let readers know that politicians don’t give two hoots about the plight of jobseekers, other than to spew the usual rhetoric about how important jobs are to the economy etc.

We received this response from Maxine McKew:

Dear Diane,

Maxine has asked me to thank you for your email.  As you are not a constituent she is unable to write to Government Ministers on your behalf and she suggests you may wish to contact them directly.

Prime Minister
The Hon Kevin Rudd MP
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra  ACT 2600
(Chief of Staff – Alister Jordan)

The Deputy Prime Minister
The Hon Julia Gillard MP
(same address)
(Chief of Staff – Amanda Lampe)

Kind regards,

Electorate Office Staff
Maxine McKew MP
Member for Bennelong
Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

PO Box 336
Gladesville NSW 1675
Ph 02 9816 5911
Fax 02 9816 5988

Well.  We have written to all mentioned above via email (at the same time we wrote to Maxine, who, it should be noted did not bother to address any of the issues in our original emails), as well as Nick Xenophon and Kate Ellis (our local member).  Not one politician (or person on the payroll) has bothered to respond.  We did call Kate Ellis’ office, and there were promises to follow up.  So far: Nothing, Nada, Zip.

Can’t wait for the next street corner meeting, Kate!

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August 21, 2009 at 10:24 am

SARA Awards = big fat joke

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Filed under the You’ve Got To Be Kidding! category, Diane Lee received an email yesterday from Entree Recruitment asking her to vote for them in the 2009 SARA Awards.  Given that Diane has only had one (less than satisfactory) interaction with this recruitment company, you have to wonder about the genuineness (as well as rigour and integrity) of such an award.  Even It Up! has already discussed this in a previous post.

The email urging Diane to vote is replicated here (and yes, “valued candidate” was used.  If Diane was that valued, Entree would have used her name!):

Dear valued candidate,

This year Entrée Recruitment has registered for the SEEK Annual Recruitment Awards (the SARAs) in the category of Small Generalist Recruiter. This category caters to recruitment agencies who place candidates and provide recruitment services to clients in a broad range of industries.

“Now in their 7th year, the SARAs are the recruitment industry’s premier popular choice awards. Winners are determined by votes cast by jobseekers – the most qualified people to judge which recruitment agencies are performing exceptionally.

The SARAs aim to recognise and reward the outstanding performance of recruitment agencies in Australia and to give jobseekers a chance to identify and vote for their favourite recruitment agency.”

Please show your support by voting for Entrée Recruitment via the link below!

(Note: there was no signature on this email, simply a link to SARA)

And Diane’s reply is here:

Dear Entree

Why would I vote for you WHEN YOU’VE DONE NOTHING FOR ME!?

In fact, if you want to know what I REALLY think about you, got to www.evenitup.com.au – and you’ll also find the opinions of plenty of other “valued clients” who think recruitment companies are full of glorified sales people on a power kick.

Happy reading!

And Entree’s reply to my reply:

Dear Diane

I am sorry that you feel that way.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss anything further.


Acting General Manager
Entree Recruitment

No wonder Even It Up! has such an issue with the recruitment companies and the recruitment industry in general.  What an apathetic approach to managing their brand! Any business that was serious about their brand would (and should) be making it their business to find out why a “valued candidate” had such a bad experience, and doing everything in their power to fix it.

After all, you never know what reach the “valued candidate” has… !!

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August 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Even It Up! responds to RCSA Code of Practice “shoulds”

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Even It Up! wanted to respond Julie Mills (from the RCSA) article in Money Management yesterday (which was responding to their claims of fake job ads), but had trouble with the comments box, so we have published it here.

While the RCSA Code is fine in theory, it is the practice (or lack thereof) that Even It Up! has an issue with.

Jobseekers consistently tell us that some of the worst offenders (in terms of treating jobseekers with fairness and respect) are RCSA members.

The Code clearly uses the operative word “should” and as we well know, what people should do and what they do do (particularly when it relates to the bottom line) are often poles apart.  The cause of the GFC is a case in point.

No disrespect, but a reliance on candidates to report is living in La La Land.  Candidates won’t report because they are concerned that if they do, this will harm their future job prospects.   The power imbalance is too great.  It is only in a “safe” environment like the Even It Up! website that you get a sense of what it’s out there for jobseekers.

What is needed is an overhaul of the industry with a regulatory body that imposes real penalties for non-compliance.  A “should” just doesn’t cut it.

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August 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm