Should it be illegal to advertise jobs which do not exist?

@umart13 (841)
Ireland
July 25, 2008 5:57pm CST
Hello everybody! Have you ever applied for a job advertised by a firm or a job-agency and been told that your CV is great, but that they "have received applications whose experience more closely match ... the specific job requirements". You may re-apply for the same job and you get exactly the same reply. Or do as I did recently and send off an email requesting clarity on a mistake in the advertisement and get a thank you for your wonderful CV, but that we have found other candidates who more closely match.... etc. :-) There are in fact no jobs available and the answer that you recieve is a lie, so should this practice be made illegal, as it messes up the job market and frustrates us all?
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2 responses
• Philippines
25 Jul 08
good day..Yes I think it should be made illegal because it's a kind of deceit. They're asking for people to apply for a job that's not virtually there. They waste the time, resources and other opportunities for potential employees.
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@umart13 (841)
• Ireland
25 Jul 08
Hi blackmantra, thanks for your reply. Yes it is deceit. As Hatley said, it's dishonest. They waste resources, they distract us from the real jobs and they frustrate people to the point of despair. They do a lot of damage. All the best. Umart
@fwidman (11517)
• United States
25 Jul 08
That practice should be outlawed, I agree. It sounds more like they are just collecting applicants rather than looking for someone to hire, and that stinks
@umart13 (841)
• Ireland
25 Jul 08
Hi fwidman. Yes! They use the tactic a lot to get applicants on their books, but now they are using it even more cynically. Many do not even keep your details. They just want to show the world that they are still in business, but in doing it they cause immense frustration. Thanks for your answer! Umart