Job Search and Harassment.

Needless to say, this post was not scheduled. The concept of harassment never crossed my mind when you are in the job search process, right? Wrong, I was wrong.

I’ll make it a short comment, I promise.

Networking is crucial for the job search; you share articles, write content, and make comments on other people’s posts. You attend meetings, conferences, seminars, and you get contacts.

In the past six months, I’ve been networking by the book. That is what you are supposed to do when you plan to return to work or become a work at home mom, a working mom, a social entrepreneur.

But be careful, there are wolves with lamb’s fur out there!

InMail Harassment

I don’t accept contacts from LinkedIn if we don’t share a common interest or connection, because it is not what the networking theory says.

But what happens when someone uses the InMail feature and sends you a clickbait? Or improper InMails? I don’t know you, but I get upset.

“I saw that you are available for…” Someone from LinkedIn with no profile picture with the title of “HR” at Social Strategies contacted me, a company with over 1k followers but somehow not a single profile picture from any of the employees. Strange and odd, to say the least, hence, I didn’t reply.

Messages kept showing up to the point of annoying me, so I decided to reply with one of the automated answers thinking that would end the spamming, I just clicked on “Thanks, but I’m not interested” box. Oh, Dear! I was wrong. The person kept on! Persistent to connect and be able to “mesege u” “for job an etc.”

The illiterate response made my stomach twirl. I decided to ignore the person and archive the conversation.

Two days later, a second message from a different person, this time the profile seemed legit, we shared a connection. Hence I replied and agreed to connect. Big mistake!

Odd messages started to show in my inbox, “good night,” “how did you sleep?” “hi” “Just checking in.” Seriously? What kind of (fill in the blank) sends messages like that?

What a creepy dude! (can’t write what I actually said), and I moved the messages to the spam folder, again, that’s what you do right?

Well, the person kept on, so I reported the InMail to LinkedIn and banned that connection for contacting me again. Because that’s what you do, you don’t engage or confront, you file the complaint and keep the evidence.

Privacy and safety in the job search process are crucial. Every job search site has a privacy setting you must configure before posting out your resume in cyberspace; however, you can’t stop all the creeps out there, so be careful.

Spam

Well, this one is a different story. Still, it is also somehow harassment in the sense that automated systems “match” your resume to specific databases like health insurance sales agents as the perfect fit, “100% match,” they say.

Every day I receive between 23 to 42 emails telling me that I’m a “100% match” for the same sales job vacancy from more than five different recruiters.

Fortunately, they all go to the spam folder, which today in the morning reached 262 just from the past four days.

And those are just from “recruiters” I don’t even want to make a tally from CBD, mega coupons, health insurance, unemployment benefits, lawyers, and Walmart gift cards!

Why am I sharing This?

Because I promised I was going to let you know all my experiences, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Well, harassment, no matter what type, is definitely the ugly part of job search, growing a business or networking.

Be careful, stay safe, check your privacy settings, report inappropriate messages, texts, or whatever and keep the evidence.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

With love,

Gaby.

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