A few days ago, I applied to a couple of writing/editing jobs posted on Craigslist, thinking they might be possible prospects. Then I got this e-mail back (header slightly edited):
To: “Dave Williams”
Thank you for responding to our Job Posting on Craigslist for Writers. Executive Search Online is a firm dedicated to finding high paying positions for qualified applicants–Nationwide.
We are very interested in your application and would like to invite you to visit our website and complete your job profile and submit your resume so that we can move forward with your application.
Here is the link: http://executivesearchonline.info/writers
Once there please press the red button to proceed to complete your application and enter your resume.
We look forward to working with you.
Executive Search Online Team
Dear Executive Search Online Team,
Would you mind telling me which Craigslist “Job Posting” was yours?
I’ve applied for a couple of writing jobs posted on Craigslist recently, and I’m not sure which (if any) was a genuine job search posting rather than a bogus entry from yet another employment website trolling for gullible job seekers.
If you could let me know which “Job Posting” was fraudulent and didn’t represent an actual job opening that I might actually have a chance of getting, that would be great, thanks. I don’t like to hold out false hopes, and I’d like to be able to eliminate your fraudulent “Job” from my list of possibilities.
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