Please REJECT Employ Media's .jobs request!
July 15, 2010 Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman Members of the Board of Directors International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers 4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330 Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6601 USA Dear Chairman Dengate Thrush and Members of the Board: This letter is to urge you to REJECT Employ Media's request to permit second level registration of strings that do not correspond to an employer's name in the .jobs sponsored top level domain. My company, Evergreen Recruiting, Inc., is a small recruitment services firm in Washington State and we would be directly and adversely affected by this request.as would our local jobseeker community. Jobboards are a valuable way to connect employers and jobseekers, and I support the parameters of the original charter text. However, the proposal to expand .jobs beyond direct employers will allow a less than reputable organization (Employ Media) to selectively sell domains in THEIR OWN for-profit interest, and not in the best interest of jobseekers or the recruitment community. My concern is three-fold: 1) I'm concerned the increased volume of random jobboards will be confusing to jobseekers, will dilute the effectiveness of the jobboard community, and will make it difficult for real employers to be differentiated from less-legitimate look-alikes. 2) I'm also concerned by the for-profit motives of Employ Media to act in their own best interest, and not those of the greater recruitment community. 3) I'm concerned SHRM has not shown itself to be an effective trustee in this endeavor, and by "looking the other way", we've lost the safeguard put in place to protect our individual company and industry interests. I have worked in the recruitment community for almost 20 years, and I've been a volunteer leader in local SHRM chapters for the last 12 years, most recently serving as President of LWHRA, the largest SHRM chapter in the State of Washington, and SMA Seattle, a Special Interest Chapter of SHRM focusing on recruitment and staffing in Washington State. I currently and actively work with companies seeking to hire employees, and jobseekers trying to navigate the recruiting world to find their next job. I believe this experience gives me a unique and educated viewpoint on the proposal before you. I encourage you to reject the proposal and pull the existing Charter from Employ Media and SHRM. I would further encourage you to issue a new Request For Proposal to manage the domain to meet the original Charter's intent. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Mary Fairchild, SPHR Evergreen Recruiting, Inc. New-ER-logo-HiRes