Wednesday, May 04, 2011

An open letter to


I confess I was a dewey-eyed optimist when I signed on with you. Hopeful and open to an infinite number of wonderful possibilities career-wise, I dipped my toe in the pool and gave you some of my information, like email address and my professional credentials. You promised lots of exciting professional prospects were on the way. For many moons I searched and finally started to land many interviews in the place out west I longed to move from Dallas. Yes, I went to many interviews, none of which were remotely connected with my contact through

All the while, I kept receiving emails promising exciting new job prospects in the remote burg to which I had moved. I'd open the email only to find it offered additional training for these non-existent jobs. A year ago, I landed a much more satisfying job and the search for other employment has ceased. Alas, the same can not be said of your sad, lying emails.

Tell the truth: you don't know of a single, viable professional prospect in that other town because there are none. It's a small place with a shrinking population because people are moving (get this-- it's an important point here--) to where the melon-farming jobs are to be found.

Call me cynical, but I suspect your true raison d'etre is to generate more students for vocational and diploma-mill type training ventures. I don't believe you actually help most people who sign up with you. True, there may even be an occasional story of someone made good because of, but I have a hard time believing that is remotely typical.

You probably won't even know that I've instructed my email to automatically spirit your emails into my junk bin for periodic automatic disposal. I won't know either, because from this moment forward, I won't be thinking of you at all.

Have a nice life,
your former sucker Phlegmmy


J.R.Shirley said...

Annoying, but at least you never gave them money.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm very glad that you landed a fine job without their non-existent help. Good for you for spreading the word about's true intent.

Joanna said...

I got both of my grown-up jobs through CareerBuilder, but the second (current) position was technically through a temp agency advertising on the site, so I don't know if that counts.

Of course, neither job came to me through their "targeted" e-mails. I found them on the site on my own, thankyouverymuch.

Jon said...

Well, your email address probably made them some money when they sold it to a spammer. Let that be a free career seminar on using all available resources to help in keeping the bottom line in the red.

Crucis said...

I keep getting SPAM from them, or rather some of their so-called partners. The jobs are all the same---I'm needed to help launder, uhhh, handle accounts receivables here in the US for a foreign company.

The Nigerian scheme with a twist!

I've blacklisted Careerbuilder now and life is much better.