Take This Fake Job and Hug It

Bob Goldman on

Thinking about getting a new job? It certainly seems like the right time to start sending off resumes.

According to recruiter Jack Kelly, "It's been widely reported there are more than 11 million jobs available."

This is a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that with 11 million jobs available, surely there is one for you. The bad news is that you'll be rejected 10,999,999 times before you find it.

But are there really 11 million jobs available?

Not according to Kelly, who recently enlivened with a treatise titled, "How You Are Being Misled About the Job Market."

It's fake jobs that are the problem. "The system is corrupted," Kelly writes. "For years, companies have placed fake jobs online. The job description is real and so is the company, and this doesn't mean it's a scam. Firms list jobs that they have no intention of filling."


The proliferation of fake jobs should come as no surprise to you. How often have you wondered if the job you have is fake? After all, the possibilities for advancement are slim and the consequences for failure are miniscule.

Sounds like a fake job to me, and you're darn lucky to have it. But why would a company advertise phantom jobs? For all sorts of devious reasons. Read on! You'll be informed, but you won't be surprised.

No. 1: Building a pipeline

A company may not have a need for someone now, but they anticipate a need in the future. For example, your high-flying CEO may figure that if the company doesn't go belly up, as everyone expects, they will need a superyacht and a crew to run it. Unlikely? Why do you think your manager calls you "matey"?


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