One Job Seeker’s Ruse To Check Out His Competition
Filed by KOSU News in Business.
August 1, 2012
Eric Auld wants a full-time job. He completed a master’s program in 2009 and has a part-time job as an adjunct lecturer that provides barely enough to cover the bills.
After a fruitless job search — endlessly scanning Monster.com and Craigslist and tweaking resumes and cover letters — he grew more curious about his competitors. So he created a fake Craigslist ad for an administrative assistant position and, in one day, received 653 responses from applicants with a wide range of education and experience. He wrote about what he found for Thought Catalog.
NPR’s Neal Conan talks with Auld about what he learned from his Craigslist experiment, and how his advice to over-qualified job seekers has changed. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]