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Modern technology makes for great convenience in job hunting but also some odd mistakes.

I’ve listed myself on various online job boards, telling them that I’m looking for work as a writer and/or editor within 25 miles of my home in Reseda, a suburb of Los Angeles. The boards send me emails full of jobs that fit my needs.


Recently, Beyond SmartJobs sent an email titled “Alert: creative manager, creative manager entertainment, sr manager digital creative & more.” Sounded good.

But “& more” apparently included “Warehouse Manager” and “Jr. Software Engineer,” which were among the positions listed in the email. They’re good jobs, but they had no connection to the data that I had given Beyond SmartJobs.

My favorite job in the email is “Target Optical – Licensed Optical Team Lead.” Not only is it inappropriate for my career experience, but it’s in Brea — more than 60 miles from my home.

Beyond SmartJobs isn’t the only culprit.

Under the subject line “Jobs: Editor,” a board called Neuvco sent me “Attorney,” “Acute-Care MLS” and “IT Technician.” And OakJobs.com sent an email titled “Exclusive Job Alert for Publishing / Journalism.” It included the listings “line cook,” “sell avon – earn a potential 1000,” “part time delivery – earn while exploring your city,” “aflac bilingual sales agent,” and “pizza artist.” (I’ve maintained OakJobs’ all-lowercase style.)

I implore you, job boards — tighten up your algorithms.