There are several definitions of honeypot. I would normally include a link but since some of those definitions are XXX rated, I’ll let you search Bing for it. For the purposes of the workforce and the professional individual contributor A honey pot is ostensibly a benign thing.. except when it is distracting, and somewhat evil.
A honeypot is a false job ad.. generally it’s an ongoing thing. It’s goal is to load up job candidate data bases. If you are an independent recruiter you love them because it has the potential to beef up your client list. If your a recruiter affiliated with a company and you have ongoing needs from high churn positions, you love them because it gives you a fall back position..
If you are a Professional Individual Contributor you hate them. PIC’s tend to be specialized so opportunities that meet their skill set don’t come along too often. The honeypot creates false hope, for the PIC it’s demoralizing and a huge waste of job hunting resources, especally time if the honeypot is requires a job application be filled out. Honeypots are inherently evil as they are about using the employee even before they are hired.
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