Some 39% of hiring managers said their companies have fake or “ghost” job listings, according to a survey by 

“It’s a concerning scenario, particularly when these misleading postings originate from HR departments — the very entities entrusted with shaping accurate perceptions of their organizations,” ResumeBuilder Chief Career Advisor Stacie Haller said in a press release. 

The top reasons behind the fake job posting strategy include: 

  • Appearing open to external talent, 67%
  • Projecting company growth, 66% 
  • Making employees believe their workload will be alleviated by new workers, 63% 
  • Making employees feel replaceable, 62% 
  • Collecting résumés and keeping them on file for a later date, 59% 

Regarding how often candidates who applied for fake jobs were later contacted, 39% reported candidates were always contacted, while 45% said candidates were sometimes contacted. Just 12% said candidates were rarely contacted and 5% reported they were never contacted. 

“Whether it’s to create an illusion of company expansion or to foster a sense of replaceability among employees, such practices are unacceptable,” Haller said. 

However, the ResumeBuilder survey also found that 43% of hiring managers believe fake job postings are acceptable and 27% think they are probably acceptable. And a majority say fake job postings had positive impacts on revenue, employee morale and productivity. 

In addition, 66% of hiring managers say stakeholders — including employees, investors, and applicants — who were not supposed to find out about the practice of listing fake jobs did uncover the truth. 

The data is based on a ResumeBuilder survey of 649 US hiring managers on May 22. 

North Dakota and South Dakota posted the lowest jobless rates among all US states in May at 2.0% each, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The next lowest rate was in Vermont at 2.1%. 

Conversely, the District of Columbia recorded the highest unemployment rate in May at 5.3%, followed by California at 5.2% and Nevada at 5.1%.  

In total, 24 states had unemployment rates lower than the US figure of 4.0%. Four states and DC had higher rates, and 22 states had rates that were not appreciably different from the national figure. 

Arizona and Massachusetts were the only states to record over-the-year rate decreases in their jobless rates, each down 0.3 percentage points to 3.4% and 3.0%, respectively.  

Meanwhile, the largest year-over-year unemployment rate increase occurred in Rhode Island, up 1.7 percentage points to 4.3%.

Employers rely too much on technology and AI when it comes to hiring, according to survey findings released by Dexian, a provider of IT staffing and solutions. It found that 72% of workers feel this way.

Workers weren’t big on employers using AI to review resumes and applications. Dexian’s survey found that only 24% believe that AI should be used for this purpose.

“While it’s understandable that some workers have apprehensions about the use of AI in the hiring process, organizations must address these anxieties,” Maruf Ahmed, CEO of Dexian, said in a press release. “Doing so helps workers and jobseekers understand that if responsibly and properly implemented, AI tools can boost their job search and help get them into their ideal jobs more quickly.”

The survey also found that nearly half of workers, 49%, feel they have difficulty with career progression because of rapid technological changes. In fact, 75% feel they must continually reinvent themselves or reskill because of the rapid change of pace in their professions.

Looking at employers instead of workers, six in 10 said they are struggling with how and whether to use AI in the hiring process.

The report also found that workers and employers had differing views on cultural fit when it comes to hiring. Employers ranked it as least important, while 24% of workers ranked it as most important.

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