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Old 02-15-2016, 10:55 PM
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In this Orwellian, increasingly jobless world we live in, something I've figured out is that companies have many reasons to post job listings other than to try and fill the position listed -- which might not be an open position or a position that exists at all.

Why companies put up job listings:
  • Gives investors or potential clients confidence that the company is doing well.
  • Gives clients and potential clients the impression that they're working with top-notch teams. This is one reason why companies put asburd/impossible qualifications in their listings (e.g. 4.0 GPA, 10+ yrs experience with SQL Server 2014, etc.) when their actual employees in those positions don't nearly have those qualifications.
  • Scares current employees into working harder when they see their position or a closely related one posted online. It's a reminder that they're always in danger of being replaced.
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Old 02-15-2016, 11:05 PM
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How does that tinfoil hat fit?
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Old 02-16-2016, 12:04 AM
Location: London
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That'd certainly explain a lot.

Also they often post these requirements to be able to hire cheap H1B workers from abroad. They can demonstrate that they've "tried" to hire locally, but couldn't find anyone.
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Old 02-16-2016, 04:18 AM
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why does someone with 10+ years still rely on gpa?
why would investors need to search job forums? i get statements on how the company is doing directly....
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Old 02-16-2016, 05:27 AM
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Sorry, I just don't agree with any of your premises here. Companies post fake jobs to give the impression they're doing well and to motivate employees? Where are you getting this from?
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Old 02-16-2016, 05:44 AM
Status: "Nothin' to lose" (set 19 days ago)
Location: Concord, CA
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..."Paranoia strikes deep. Into your heart it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. Step out of line the man comes and takes you away."
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Old 02-16-2016, 06:14 AM
Location: JobHuntingHacker.com
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I had one company openly admit that the position they had posted was not for a real job but to get a gauge on the candidate market. On the other hand they had many more similar roles they were actually trying to fill and I am interviewing for one of them.

It kond of sucks especially if the posted job seems like a good fit but I think only big companies do that.
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Old 02-16-2016, 06:35 AM
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Do you have a source for this OP or are they your thoughts/impressions?
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Old 02-16-2016, 06:43 AM
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For a job to be posted at my place of employment there has to be a vacancy, and a position number is assigned to that vacancy.
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:18 AM
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OP, I think you may be on to something.

And to all of you crying 'paranoid', what would you have said a year ago if someone on C-D had posted that Volkswagen was cheating on emissions testing by gaming their engine's electronics to provide overly optimistic emissions reports?
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