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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Monster.com Tries to Intimidate Critics

You’ve probably heard about this over the past few weeks. Jillions of online Help Wanted ads are basically saying “If you’re unemployed, don’t bother.” They have a right to do that if they want; there’s no law against being a dickwad.

In response, USAction/TrueMajority has gathered over 26,000 signatures asking these companies to stop hosting employment ads that discriminate against the unemployed.

The good news is: one of these large companies — Monster.com — has taken action.

And the bad news: the “action” taken by Monster.com has nothing to do with helping the millions of Americans who are desperately searching for work. Monster.com’s “action” — they’ve tried to intimidate USAction/TrueMajority by sending them a Cease and Desist letter, ordering them to stop mentioning Monster.com.

Since it’s perfectly legal to be an asshole, then presumably it’s also legal to publicize the aforementioned asshole’s assaholic behavior.

Anyway, here’s a petition asking Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com (among others) to stop posting ads from companies that refuse to hire the unemployed. People who are looking for work are having a rotten enough time already without being shat on with “EEWW, you’re unemployed?!? Next.”

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Blogger J. Marquis said...

Thanks for sharing that petition!

August 22, 2011 at 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I signed it


August 22, 2011 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

J: I hope more people see it.

Erik: Thanks.

August 22, 2011 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger BadTux said...

Monster is just scammers nowadays anyhow. E.g., for computer jobs, pretty much everything is from "Cybercoders", which is a resume-harvesting operation that posts fake jobs in order to harvest resumes to spam every corporation under the sun, then when you apply to a job at one of those corporations (a job *NOT* advertised by Cybercoders) you're told that you were already submitted by a recruiter and have to go through the recruiter.

Frankly, anybody who either uses or posts jobs with Monster.com today is wasting their time, because the site has become utterly useless. A shame, it used to be a good place to post your resume and find cool jobs... but the scumbags have taken over the place, and there you are.

- Badtux the "Scumbags will be scumbags" Penguin

August 22, 2011 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

BT: Thanks for the info. I never knew much about Monster.com. I used to like their radio commercials, but I had no idea they had deteriorated like this. This seems to be the standard MO -- somebody comes up with a good idea, it works for awhile, and then the scumbags take over.

August 23, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Anonymous MonsterBeef said...

Thanks for an honest look at the situation.. Ive started a group called "MonsterBeef" on a site called HR.com. I would appreciate it if you would share your blog/ comment on this topic as I have started a forum on this, but most people are too afraid to give their honest opinion.

Here is a link to the group:

August 24, 2011 at 8:23 AM  

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