smart spending

How much would you pay to get a job?

Pay-for-access sites: worth it?
Next
Slide 2 of 6
Previous
Pay-for-access sites: worth it?

TheLadders.com, a job listings and job search website catering to individuals seeking jobs that pay $100,000 or more, currently charges users $15 to $59 per month for access to its job listings and career services, though users can view job titles only for free. The website recently made headlines when it unveiled a new program: Job searchers who made it through its screening process could pay $2,500 for a money-back guarantee that staff at TheLadders would find them a job within six months or their money back. (A recent visit to the website suggests the $2,500 offer may not be currently available.)

Roy Cohen, career coach and author of "The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide," says he thinks TheLadders is a valuable resource, but job seekers should approach this type of lump-sum offer with caution.

"That's a lot of money, and what is the commitment in terms of a refund?" he says. "What does it mean -- does it mean any job, or does it mean the job of your dreams?"

When it comes to using job listings websites that charge a monthly fee, such as Doostang.com, which caters to entry-level job seekers, Cohen suggests researching the site and what it offers beforehand.

With any pay-for job site, Cohen says, "I would never commit to an extended time period. What I would do is a trial period if at all possible."


Next
Slide 2 of 6
Previous

 

 

advertisement

Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us
advertisement
FRUGAL NEWSLETTER

Discover new ways to cut costs and save more every day. Reduce your spending, not life’s pleasures. Delivered weekly.

advertisement
Partner Center
advertisement

Connect with us