Simply Hired Works to Nix Scams

Posted by at 10:43 am on April 21, 2009

Simply Hired today announced the launch of a new feature, “Flag this Job.” While Simply Hired already has many safeguards against scam jobs, this feature enables job seekers to help each other by pointing to listings that are potentially fraudulent.

Job scams are not a new problem; fake listings have existed since the early days of classified ads. Reports of online job scams have increased in these challenging economic times, making the already time-consuming job search process even more frustrating. Simply Hired understands this issue and has pro-actively implemented-”and will continue to implement-”tools such as “Flag this Job” and procedures to help insulate job seekers from this growing concern.

“While scam and spam jobs represent only one tenth of one percent of the three million postings on SimplyHired.com, we have zero tolerance for them,” said Tejas Saraiya, Director of Marketing and Products, Simply Hired. “Enabling the millions of job seekers on our site to flag inappropriate job listings helps us to improve job quality and remove scam and spam jobs from our site more quickly.”

Simply Hired’s new flagging feature can be easily utilized by job seekers on the SimplyHired.com site. Throughout the search results pages, users will see a new icon under each job listing labeled “Flag.” Users may flag a job by clicking the icon below the job listing and choosing the reason they are flagging the job. A job posting can be flagged for a number of reasons: it looks like a scam/spam posting, the job is expired, the link to the posting is broken, or it is a duplicate listing. The job listing will not be automatically removed from the job search results, but will be marked as flagged and reported to Simply Hired’s data quality team.

The flagging feature allows the Simply Hired team to investigate all flagged jobs and remove listings from our database that are faulty or fraudulent in nature. This is an active way for job seekers to improve the quality of search results for both themselves and others.

Simply Hired recommends that job seekers be diligent in vetting potential employment. For a list of tips on how to avoid online scam jobs, go to: http://blog.simplyhired.com/2009/04/job-search-the-safe-way.html.

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