What: Job.com is a recruiting site that uses computer algorithms to match the qualifications on your resume to positions companies are recruiting to fill.

Expected pay: varies

Husl$core: $$$

Commissions & fees: They pay you

Requirements: Be age 16 or older; Have an up-to-date resume and professional skill set in almost any industry that recruits workers

Where: Nationwide

Review:

If you are a seasoned professional in a high-demand field, Job.com has an interesting value proposition for you. The site proposes to help you find a new position and will even pay you a bonus if you get hired through the site and keep the new job for at least 90 days.

The site does this by kicking back a portion of the recruiting fees that companies pay to professional head-hunters. Because this site does its employer-employee matchmaking with artificial intelligence, it charges employers less and gives most of that fee back to successful applicants.

To be specific, Job.com charges employers 7% of the hired worker’s pay as a recruiting fee. (Traditional recruiters typically charge 25%.) If you remain on the job for more than 90 days, Job.com will kick the bulk of that fee — 5% of your annual pay — back to you. Thus, if you got hired for a position paying $100,000, Job.com would give you $5,000, keeping just $2,000 as its recruiting fee. If you quit or get fired before the 90 days are up, Job.com will return $5,000 of the recruiting fee to the employer. 

Some red flags

There is nothing in the site’s terms that cause concern. However, the company’s privacy policy provides a glimpse at why reviews on Trust Pilot are universally horrible. Short version: the site links to affiliates that may market their resume and education services if you fill out their forms. Site reviews indicate that you may not know that you’re filling out a third-party form. Applicants think they’re simply filling out job applications. Job.com says it has also teamed up with a company called JobMatcher that also gets panned in reviews.

The company says the complaints stopped when the new management team took over in 2017. And the vast majority of complaints are old — from 2016 and 2015. That said, the old reviews and the connection with JobMatcher, leave us leery.

We have given the site a neutral rating because the terms are good, despite the reviews. Still, our best advice is to search for professional jobs through Glassdoor, Indeed, FlexProfessionals, FreeeUp, Onward Search or WAHVE, depending on the industry. 

What their users say: (from Trust Pilot)

[The site] seemed to pull info out of my resume and fit it into a format that was very limited. Also, a lot of steering to school ads, etc. Was looking for a straight job search experience. Haven’t received one response, either. We’ll see.

When you click on a job and it wants your phone number for telemarketers to call about getting more education, you tell them you’re looking for another job and they hang up on you so you can’t get to the application is why I don’t like your site.

Even though I explicitly listed my location and travel limits almost all of the jobs you listed for me are from 50 to 150 miles from Bennington area.

I’m sure there might be some benefit, but I’m too busy battling the spam to find out. I regret signing up.