Region Up is a business that seeks to profit from people seeking jobs. While most reputable web sites charge employers to post ads, they don’t charge job seekers to post CVs or to view ads.
Region Up is different. You can sign up with them for free and you can search their site for free, but if you want to see the details of a particular ad, you have to pay to view it. A lot. A one month membership costs US$49. A six month membership costs a hair under US$150.
So they’ve chosen to milk the unemployed as a part of their business model.
I did sign up with them, because that’s free. I get weekly spam emails from them offering me 7 days free premium access, all of which I delete without reading. And then today …..
|You have received a message from a recruiter.
||visible for only premium member
||visible for only premium member
||Manager, Talent Acquisition
That’s right, a recruiter viewed my profile and sent me a message but i would have to pay them to read that message.
So I dug through my trash bin, found one of the messages offering me 7 days free premium and clicked on that. To my utter lack of surprise, I had to provide credit card details in order to get the 7 free days. So I did that. And viewed my message, which began:
Dear Senior Executive(s),
That’s right. Spam.
I then had to go back to my profile because, as I suspected, “auto renew” was turned on, meaning that if I took no action in the next 7 days, they would start charging 50 bucks a month to my credit card.
So I turned off the auto renew. And immediately received an email asking if I wanted to turn it on again.
One word comes immediately to mind: Scum.
About.Com has this guide to bad job sites:
Some of the job sites that call themselves the best job sites are not good job sites, let alone the best job sites. Others are bad, and still others would garner a spot on a list of worst job sites.
The worst of them take advantage of job seekers who can’t afford to waste money by charging them for job listings and resources that are available free via the job search engines or directly on company sites.
From a site called Recruiting Blogs:
This raises a bigger question: is it ever ethical to charge the job seeker for access to jobs and employers?
Yes. If the site is truly offering something of real value to the job seeker, then I think it isreasonable to charge. Note my qualification: “something of real value”. For example, perhaps the site screens each job posting it allows on the site, verifying the company, offer, and qualifications. Or perhaps it provides a private forum where job seekers and employers can interact. Maybe the candidate gets discounts on insurance, services, and the like. What is offered will depend on the seeker audience.
(All the bold print there is their own.) So, does Region Up have these exclusive listings? It’s hard to say definitively but here’s something that they have added to one of their job listings (a job that I believe I’d be suited for):
This job was taken directly from the hiring company’s website and requires you to apply through their system directly.
And as it happens, I have previously seen the same job listed on LinkedIn (and applied for it).
So tell me, Region Up, why should I be giving you my money? What service are you providing to me?
The good news is, these guys have a shitty Google Pagerank, just a 2. (By comparison, my blog has a 4.)
I hope they crash and burn.