As part of my job search, I signed up to a site called reed.co.uk, and set up a search. I asked for all jobs within a 10-mile radius. I know from other job search engines that this search yields 20-25 jobs per day, many of which are at the local hospital. So, imagine my surprise when their search email told me that, in the course of just 24 hours, there were more than 350 jobs!
I saw straight away that their search contained jobs that were not 10 miles from Salisbury, but 50! I mean, what is the use in that? Someone has obviously decided that it is better for their site to send out wodges on information, even though it is irrelevant, than to send a smaller amount of "correct" information. Answering my own question, presumably this allows them to say to employers, "hey, we pushed your add to a zillion people!". no matter that to most of those people, the ad was irrelevant.
It kind-of brings into sharp focus exactly who this site is aimed at. They're obviously a company, out to make a profit, and the way they make money is by commission when they place someone in a job. Any service they appear to offer to candidates is purely a means to an end. It's a bit like Facebook - you think you're taking part in some nonsense quiz, and all of a sudden Cambridge Analytica are telling you who to vote for.
So my dilemma is straightforward. Do I continue with these emails, in which case I'm headed for a lot of wasted time manually sifting through their false positives, or do I can the search, write it off as a waste of time, and hope that if that dream job does come along, I find out about it anyway from one of my other searches?
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