Coming to Terms

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.    

Coming to Terms – The Coming to Terms posts are explanations the terms we use and what the underlying meaning they are to this site, the books, and our community.

Posted by Mike Peluso

Mike Peluso writes about the collision between between the business / professional world and life. He also writes about the journey involved with the Peluso Presents efforts including the Blog, Books, and Podcast so that others may benefit from his efforts. From Mike: I spend hundreds of hours working on these articles every year with no compensation other than support I get through donations. You can support with a tip and by Subscribing to the Podcast (and writing a review on iTunes would be really appreciated as well!) One time tips:

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