Okay, people. Show of hands, please. How many of you either got a job or made a hire on LinkedIn? Hands, please. Yes, that boy in the back… Yes, you may go to the bathroom.
No one here? Not surprising. What a tangle the site has become. But why pick on one when so many other sites are doing the same thing… or should we say not doing the same thing?
Well, if you’re out of work, when you fill out the on-line forms and post your resume, at least you feel like you’re doing something productive. Of course, the product of your something productive will be a flood tide of baloney in return. If you’re out of work, you’ve probably had your fill of bologna by now.
Sites with fake jobs by the dozen will send you poorly worded, ungrammatical invitations to “make a fortune in your spare time” by forwarding packages or stuffing envelopes or some similarly silly non-job. These people are playing games. The game is to get your personal information and then either use it to spy on you or sell it to someone else whose nonsense will jam your inbox.
We warn people that the IRS does not call you at dinnertime -- or ever. We warn people that there are no Nigerian princes or their widows ready to pay you big bucks if you’ll just send them a gift card or a small check (with all your numbers there-on) so they can ship you that truckload of money. But the “job offers” should be dumb enough to light up your self-detection warning system.
It’s tough to believe that people are as gullible as they seem to be. Or maybe tough is the wrong word. The right word might be “astonished.”
If you want to lose money, do it the old fashioned way. Join a multi-level marketing company. Or gamble. At least there’ll be some excitement as you watch your rent money disappear before your very eyes and your friends, neighbors and relatives drown in a sea of overpriced and useless vitamins, miracle laundry soap and prepaid legal services.
--Who won the dem candidates debate last night? No one. There are just too many people on the platform and too little time for each to say anything important.
I’m Wes Richards. My opinions are my own but you’re welcome to them. ®
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