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December 17, 2009 / Toby Dayton

Harrison Barnes and Hound.com – The Scourge Of The Job Board Industry

Finally there’s another voice from within the job board industry to add to the tirade against Hound.com. Congratulations to Chris Russell for calling out Hound for being one of, if not THE, worst, most fraudulent job boards in the industry. This company is not only the spam king of job boards, it’s a gigantic scam all the way around. Sites like Scam.com and Ripoffreport.com have had postings and long, long corroborative threads about Andrew Harrison Barnes, Employment Crossing, and BCG Attorney Search for years. Harrison Barnes is an absolute crook that deserves to be put behind bars and every company he has ever started turns out to be a massive fraud designed to scam the uninformed, gullible, and unsuspecting.

In terms of the spamming, I had thought it was only job seekers that got spammed by Hound. Now via Chris, it’s obvious that spamming is a fundamental practice in all areas of their business. If you want a taste of their brutal tactics, sign up for a free account (which requires a credit card) and just try to cancel it before or after the charges start occurring. If you do manage to get it canceled, count how many spam emails you are subsequently sent. It’s horrendous. To anyone thinking about using Hound (which I would strongly discourage anyone from doing – and the same goes for ANY job site, including The Ladders, that asks you to pay any kind of fee whatsoever), use an email account that you don’t mind abandoning.

Harrison Barnes, via every single one of his sites including Hound.com and the Employmentcrossing family of sites, is, plain and simple, a scourge in our industry, and more thought-leaders in and around recruiting, recruitment advertising, job search, and career advice need to be way more vocal in speaking out about his abysmal business practices.

Please help spread the word. Repost this blog anywhere and everywhere, retweet it, talk about it to everyone you know around the industry, and advise everyone to do the same. If you find links to other threads along these lines, please post a comment here and link to them.

This crook has no business being a part of our industry.

7 Comments

  1. Nick Corcodilos / Dec 17 2009 4:29 pm

    Must be take-down-the-quacks week… Add my vote: http://corcodilos.com/blog/469/droolers-charles

  2. Nick Corcodilos / Dec 17 2009 10:29 pm

    Must be take-down-the-quacks week… Add my vote: http://corcodilos.com/blog/469/droolers-charles-manson-and-a-harrison-barnes

  3. mquale / Jan 7 2010 1:01 pm

    Hi Toby, Mike from jobshouts.com, we have our hands full with hound.com and the rest of Mr. Barnes ilk of scam sites. I was greeted this morning with an alert that hound.com was offering to pay people to cross post their positions to our site. Thought I would share this with you as we too wanted to help get the word out. I found your post after googling a bit.

    You can read more about it here http://blog.jobshouts.com/2010/01/07/hound-com-

  4. Anonymous / Jan 7 2010 7:01 pm

    Hi Toby, Mike from jobshouts.com, we have our hands full with hound.com and the rest of Mr. Barnes ilk of scam sites. I was greeted this morning with an alert that hound.com was offering to pay people to cross post their positions to our site. Thought I would share this with you as we too wanted to help get the word out. I found your post after googling a bit.

    You can read more about it here http://blog.jobshouts.com/2010/01/07/hound-com-is-it-really-a-scam/

  5. mquale / Jan 7 2010 7:01 pm

    Hi Toby, Mike from jobshouts.com, we have our hands full with hound.com and the rest of Mr. Barnes ilk of scam sites. I was greeted this morning with an alert that hound.com was offering to pay people to cross post their positions to our site. Thought I would share this with you as we too wanted to help get the word out. I found your post after googling a bit.

    You can read more about it here http://blog.jobshouts.com/2010/01/07/hound-com-

  6. vawnWonia / Mar 11 2010 10:22 am

    I am getting very frustrated with my job search and I am beginning to wonder if I am just not looking in the right places. I am worried that I am missing out on opportunities all the time just because I don’t know where to find them…Please help…What is a good source for jobs in Seattle?

    • Toby Dayton / Mar 11 2010 12:38 pm

      I would strongly recommend using LInkUp.com, a job search engine that indexes jobs that are found only on company websites. As a result, the job listings on LInkUp are always current, often unadvertised anywhere else, and never fake (there are no scam jobs, phishing jobs, garbage listings, work-at-home scams, etc.).

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