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Universal Jobmatch – CV Library

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Universal Jobmatch has come under fire for the number of fake employers posting adverts on websites that redirect (or encourage people to click through) to CV Library affiliate links, and claims that they are making £1 per CV uploaded. Is this true? Who is CV Library? We will tell you more.

Who is CV Library?

CV-Library Ltd (trading as CV library on cv-library.co.uk) is a legit job board company.

The company turnover was almost 8.8m last year with a gross profit of £5.9m making just under £3m in profit. The company paid just over £888,000 in Corporation Tax and paid the directors (shareholders) £2,610,178 in dividends – the majority of the profit. The company had £3,192,014 in the bank at the end of the year.

They boast 7.1 million CVs (an increase of 30% on the previous year) and 2.3 million users. Job postings have increased 33% on last year.

Can scammers make £1 per CV?

CV Library has an affiliate scheme where registered affiliates can earn £1 per uploaded CV. Most affiliates are genuine job boards wanting to make additional income. The scammers on Universal Jobmatch are using this affiliate scheme.

CV Library also gives access to a job feed, where affiliates can download their live jobs, as content to encourage their web users to click through to CV Library and upload a CV. Some job websites (genuine or scam) use these jobs for their database.

How does CV Library make its money? Is it from the Government?

No. CV Library gains income by selling opportunities to list a job or by giving unlimited CV access. CV Library charges £99 + VAT to list a job vacancy. They also offer job vacancy posting with unlimited CV database access for £299 + VAT.

The reason why CV Library makes so much money is when you upload your CV through them directly for FREE or through an affiliate for FREE, it costs them no more than £1.50 (taking in account of hosting). They will then sell database access for almost £300 per time where anyone can view or download your CV.

Is it safe to upload your CV?

Not really, none of the websites including Monster are safe to upload your CV. You need your personal information so you can be contacted; but they (potentially a scammer) need not be an employer to access your CV, only willing to spend a few hundred pounds for unlimited access. Who pays, wins.

Is CV Library part of the scam?

There is no evidence to suggest CV library (or its directors and shareholders Brian James Wakem and Lee Richard Biggins – the former no longer either) have anything to do with the scams.

It is no secret or conspiracy that based on its business model, CV Library doesn’t really care where the CVs come from… (this is apparent that it hasn’t started terminating affiliates that tarnish its reputation posting fake job adverts to make money) the more it has in its database the better; furthermore, one of its main competitors Monster Worldwide (which also charges access to CVs) has the contract for the Universal Jobmatch board, so it’s a priority for CV Library to attempt to dominate the mandatory system not to lose out.

Does CV Library have any relationship with the Government?

This is not known but they have granted a multi-job upload facility (i.e. job warehouse) to CV Library.

Can the scammers getting paid £1 per CV view my CV?

No, they can view a list of names, and a very basic version of your CV minus contact details and place names. They simply refer you in return for a cookie, if you upload a CV… CV Library will check for an affiliate cookie, if one exists assign your CV as one they referred. They cannot intercept your CV and do not receive a copy of it

Yes, Of course, for £299 + VAT, they can gain unlimited access to the database; with your name (that shows in the control panel) they can easily obtain your full CV.

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Written by Universal Jobmatch

February 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

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  1. Sign of the times

    Huge hack ‘ugly sign of future’ for internet threats

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26136774

    gaia

    February 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

  2. Hi, could somebody (original poster or admin) contact me via e-mail. I’ve a Journalist on the other line; he’d like to trade tips.

    I’m the Universal Jobmatch Archive guy, Martin Sullivan.

    Martin Sullivan

    February 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

    • Hi Martin

      ( For anyone who doesn’t know, Martin is the legend who holds Jobcentre Plus to account by creating an archive of all (or most) publicly accessible job vacancies. So when Jobcentre Plus decides to delete and pull adverts early, in most cases there is a backup of the entire job advert.

      You know, you have applied by email or through a website with all your personal details to some alleged employer – who disappears off the face-of-the-earth overnight without a trace to be seen. Jobcentre Plus has pulled this job, the website disappears, phone number is no longer available and emails bounce back.

      An archive keeps the publicly available information out there – its good for those who have given out their phone and email address in the advert… with intent to pull it asap without a trace – although the Universal Jobmatch can mask this information if its apply through the website.)

      We get a lot of interest from journalists from the very start of Ipswich Unemployed Action – and the story rarely gets commissioned due to political ties and perceived lack of public interest. It is usually a complete waste of our time assisting in a story that gets dropped. Most usually have 3-5 times more stories than what actually get published, maybe even more, and its a lot of work for them to build up a case for each.

      We don’t mind sharing our insight (hence the articles on here) but one of the main principles here is sharing information without payment, in-kind or swap; so any tips a journalist might or might not have should be freely shared (even as an anonymous user)

      Thanks for letting us know 🙂 keep up the great work

      Universal Jobmatch

      February 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      • Your apprehension and caution is perhaps understandable. Journos, what are the like? All I can say is that with this one I’ll try and be an Honest Indian and Man in the Middle. I can tentatively identify said individual as a steam-media man-on-the-tele, who’s recently published, on Terrestrial TV, something on a related topic. This has the sort of reach that is far greater than any of our Blogs.

        Given this a public form, and stuff is better said in a private channel, you can contact me via e-mail as ms11 at zois in the co.uk domain. If you’re familiar with these arts my public key can be obtained in a link from the ‘people’ page. If you’re more of a Twitter person, and trust Twitter, then I’m @JCPM_Feedback, and we can set-up a DM channel.

        Martin (http://www.zois.co.uk/people/martin_sullivan)

        Martin Sullivan

        February 13, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      • I will give you an email Martin 🙂

        I have no reservations talking to someone who you have recommended. We get so many requests from people claiming to be journalist, TV production companies and radio – only a handful are genuine. Many journalists work freelance and the like and appear not be exclusive to any one newspaper etc. so can be tricky to check out some times.

        Universal Jobmatch

        February 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      • Actually Private Eye were very decent and gave us credit.

        Newsnight have been pretty attentive too

        But for the rest (excluding left publications like Labour Briefing and Chartist, and no doubt others) I agree with Universal Jobmatch.

        Andrew Coates

        February 14, 2014 at 10:55 am

      • I quite agree Andy, there are quite many exceptions.

        Private Eye and the like have been brilliant.

        Universal Jobmatch

        February 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

  3. Obviously the DWP/JCP (being an employer 🙂 ) will have access to all these ‘CV Libraries’. Something to be wary of if your ‘official’ jobcentre CV differs from what you upload to the sort of sites particularity if it contains ‘any work either paid or unpaid’ that you haven’t declared to the jobcentre.

    Jobseekers Beware!!

    February 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

  4. Tenant evictions reach their highest level ever recorded

    The number of tenants in England and Wales forcibly evicted from their homes last year after court action reached a record high.

    Some 37,739 private and public sector tenants had their homes repossessed by court bailiffs in 2013, according to figures from the Ministry of Justice.

    That is the highest number since records began in the year 2000.

    Tenant evictions reach their highest level ever recorded

    BBC

    February 13, 2014 at 11:49 am

  5. Does anyone on here have any more information on one allegedly fake company appearing frequently on Universal Jobmatch called “Search Job Vacancies”?

    This dubious company has been repeatedly posting the same batch of admin or office vacancies all over the country.

    Unlike most other companies, who ask you to either send a CV or complete an online application form, “Search Job Vacancies” asks Jobseekers to cut and paste their CV into a text box.

    Moribund

    February 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

    • Yeh I know this scam, you see when a CV is uploaded to UJM by an account holder, they are under the protection if you can call it that of the sites data protection policy.

      By cutting and pasting it you effectively step away from that protection (ie the third party becomes a second party). Now anyone unless excluded under certain conditions MUST register with DPA before processing any personal and or sensitive data

      Heres the link to assess if a person needs to register

      http://ico.org.uk/for_organisations/data_protection/registration/self-assessment

      By playing with this yourself it will tell you exactly what I mean.

      ALSO this register must be open to the public

      http://ico.org.uk/ESDWebPages/Search?EC=3&fieldname=Search%20Job%20Vacancies

      LASTLY and it doesn’t imply that this search job vacancies is as I said required to register but on entering it into the name section, the system stated “There are no entries that match your search criteria”.

      I went further legally and the site is registered to GoDaddy.com who actually rent out domains as part of their business.

      (Please be aware I used http://www.searchjobvacancies.co.uk. if this isn’t the correct one Moribund then use this site to check for the domain details

      http://whois.domaintools.com/

      Their is other ways but it would be illegal for me to present them as well as share such information.

      gaia

      February 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      • Before someone asks, the government are exempt.

        gaia

        February 13, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      • Sorry, what I meant was the government still have to comply with the law but have the right to have their details withheld from the register.

        As you all will no doubt find out eventually, DPA and the net is a very grey area indeed.

        gaia

        February 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      • Go daddy is an American company and the servers do not reside on UK soil which jobsearchvacancies uses, DPA is ineffectual and ICO cant do nothing about it.

        gaia

        February 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

  6. Very informative: I use CV Warehouse all the time and I bet lots of the readers here do as well.

    Andrew Coates

    February 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

  7. (To paraphrase:)

    Just because it’s LEGAL
    Doesn’t make it RIGHT
    Just because it’s LEGAL
    It’s still a load of shite

    something survived...

    February 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm

  8. I’ve had a good look around Unuseable Jobmatch. It’s just a complete spamfest! Must be 90% to 95% fake postings.
    Universal Duncan Spliff has totally destroyed the national vacancy database.

    Another Fine Mess

    February 13, 2014 at 11:35 pm

  9. Now I can already hear all of you laughing!

    The government is committed to setting new standards for transparency so the public can more easily see how and where taxpayers’ money is being spent and hold politicians, government departments and public bodies to account.

    Check number 13 for a really good laugh:

    13.Customer and claimant opinion of departmental service levels.

    13.1 Latest data: published 13 February 2014

    The third pan-departmental score is now available and the department has achieved an overall customer satisfaction rating of 81%.

    I just fell off my chair in disbelief. Another imaginary figure IDS plcked out of thin air.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-business-plan-transparency-measures/dwp-business-plan-transparency-measures

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 14, 2014 at 10:25 am

  10. Here’s the funniest one of all:

    DWP business plan transparency measures.

    13.2 Technical description.

    Behavioural impact:

    There are no perverse incentives generated by data collection to determine the indicator. Data is only reported at the benefit level, and includes a random sample of customers, so it is not possible for staff to change behaviour in order to manipulate results.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-business-plan-transparency-measures/dwp-business-plan-transparency-measures

    Pull the other one IDS – it has bells on!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 14, 2014 at 10:34 am

  11. . This page (taken with the documents and pages it refers to) explains DWP’s expectations from those using the Universal Jobmatch website to look for job vacancies.

    1.1 In this document, “Our”, “Us” or “We” means DWP.

    1.2 This page was last updated on 01 March 2013.

    2. Using the Universal Jobmatch website

    2.1 We maintain the Universal Jobmatch website for your personal use.

    2.2 We aim to update our site regularly, and may change the content at any time.

    2.3 You should only use this site for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of, this site by any third party.

    2.4 You should not post or include any harmful or illegal material when using this site.

    If you misuse this site we may:
    – remove your Universal Jobmatch account from this site
    – take other action to prevent misuse.

    2.5 You should also not copy or re-sell any part of our site.

    3. Online government services or transactions

    3.1 When using the Universal Jobmatch website, you may access an online government service or transaction that is delivered by another government department or agency. Each of these services will have its own terms and conditions or end user licences that apply only to that service. Users of any service should make sure they have read the relevant terms and conditions before completing that transaction.

    4. Links from the Universal Jobmatch website to other sites

    4.1 Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

    5. Disclaimer

    5.1 While we make every effort to keep the Universal Jobmatch website up to date, we don’t provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to the accuracy of the information on the site.

    5.2 We don’t accept liability for loss or damage incurred by users of the website, whether direct, indirect or consequential, whether caused by tort, breach of contract or otherwise. This includes loss of:
    – income or revenue
    – business
    – profits or contracts
    – anticipated savings
    – data
    – goodwill
    – tangible property
    or wasted management or office time in connection with our site or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our site, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it. This condition shall not prevent claims for loss of or damage to your tangible property or any other claims for direct financial loss that are not excluded by any of the categories set out above.

    5.3 This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

    6. Governing law

    6.1 Any disputes relating to or arising from the Universal Jobmatch website shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    7. Information about you and your visits to the Universal Jobmatch website

    7.1 You are responsible for the accuracy of your CV, cover letter or any other information that you place on this site.

    7.2 You should not be asked to reveal personal details such as bank account details, National Insurance number, date of birth, driving licence or utility bill information as these items are not relevant to an application process.

    7.3 We process information about you in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

    8. Virus protection

    8.1 We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production, however you must take your own precautions to ensure that the process which you employ for accessing this website does not expose you to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which may damage your own computer system.

    8.2 We can’t accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.

    9. Viruses, hacking and other offences

    9.1 Our site must not be misused by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. Attempts should not be made to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. Our site must not be attacked via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.

    9.2 By acting contrary to the above, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them.

    10. Revisions to this Guidance

    10.1 We may at any time revise this guidance without notice. Please check this guidance regularly.

    * I have read the Universal Jobmatch Standards of Behaviour

    John

    February 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

  12. John:

    You have missed the link out to this page: – please provide the link – cheers mate.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 15, 2014 at 3:53 pm

  13. https://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk/Account/StandardsOfBehaviour.aspx

    Why do they say it’s be updated but then leave;
    1.2 This page was last updated on 01 March 2013.

    Shirly 5.1 & 5.2 make it ilegal for use of UJ to be manditory.

    Another Fine Mess

    February 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm

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    Universal Jobmatch

    February 16, 2014 at 11:50 am

  15. Naturally the particular DWP or JCP (being a good boss: -) ) may gain access to most of these ‘cv cover’. A thing to be cautious about if your ‘official’ job centre CONTINUE varies from everything you add for the almost sites particularity in the event that it contains ‘any perform possibly paid as well as unpaid’ that you simply haven’t announced for the job centre.

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