Employers are paying $395 for inaccurate results, and job seekers are paying for a feature that can hurt their chances of getting an interview, much less the job, because employers can’t trust the results before them, and no one can turn any of this off for the sake of accuracy.
So job seekers pay for top billing, and the employer knows the top applicants paid for their positions because their names are highlighted and have a little badge beside them. (Wink, wink! You paid, but employers know you’re not really the top applicant!)
Ask The Headhunter: Is LinkedIn Cheating Employers and Job Seekers Alike?
I have had an off-and-on relationship with LinkedIn over the years, currently off (and likely to stay that way) given their recent spate of security problems. If job prospects on LinkedIn were more lucrative, I’d probably be convinced to stay. But as noted in the article I am not going to spend $150 just to go fishing, and I refuse to play a game with such questionable integrity baked in like that. No wonder I only ever got called upon by sales reps selling me services of which I had no use, which would have been apparent if they had taken the time to actually read my job history.