Sunday, August 31, 2014

MisOrJobs Bids Farewell

Everything we do involves some degree of risk. The only way you’d be able to avoid taking risks is if you keep to your bed for the rest of your life and do nothing. Even then you’d probably risk eventual organ failure for lack of activity. The real challenge is knowing when to charge and when to surrender. The problem with me is, I never can tell.
   
My experience with letting go has always involved making the decision to do so only after some alarming sign slams some sense into me, like a 500 lb. anvil falling on my head or Maricel Soriano’s palm hitting my face at 200 kph.

A few weeks ago, I had another one of those devastating alarms go off. I woke up to the news that my six year old local job site, MisOrJobs, with over 20,000 monthly unique visitors and over 50,000 monthly visits became the unwitting tool of a scammer. Some wise guy posted a bogus job ad, intending to defraud applicants.


Yup, those are some pretty decent stats I'll surely miss.

The ensuing events felt like a bad primetime drama unfolding in slow motion, leaving a prolonged nasty aftertaste you can’t flush out with mouthwash. In summary, an applicant fell into the trap. The NBI got involved and, what I would imagine to be a nerve-wracking entrapment operation was mounted, leading to the scammer’s arrest. The media caught wind of it of course, and published an article with my website’s name splattered all over it. I was contacted for my side of the story. I had to see lawyers and then lie down anxious and immobile for hours.

I’d assume the scammer took a fair bit of time to brainstorm his grand designs of petty thievery. Really though, if he used his skills and resources to pursue a more socially acceptable undertaking, like writing better senatorial speeches, he’d have almost made an honest living for himself, but noooooo, he had to go all Lex Luthor and use his prodigious intelligence for evil.

Needless to say, my thoughts go out to the victim. I can’t imagine the stress caused by such an ordeal, but I can’t help but think I’d been ill used too, and I suspect that the effect on me will very soon spread over. The incident has convinced me to shut down MisOrJobs, leaving its thousands of followers out in the cold.


This is not a case of lack of perseverance on my part or turning my back on a challenge. This is about me finally realizing that I’ve sacrificed enough. Running a website involves many sleepless hours of administrative and maintenance work. Add to that the time and effort needed to put every single email from employers, jobseekers and spammers under a magnifying glass. If I had to screen more intensively, I’d need an electron microscope. Even then, who knows when an even more enterprising bacteria of a man manages to disguise his presence and escape detection.

Do take note, I do all of my intensive work and screening for free. I don’t get paid. I already have a demanding full time job that eats my brains on a regular basis, plus kids on lithium batteries to manage. MisOrJobs has become one of those extra weights designed to etch darker bags with the depth of the Marianas Trench under my eyes.

Why did I punish myself with all that free work, you ask? Too many have said they found the site helpful and have expressed gratitude for the hard work. It didn’t feel right to pull the plug then.

Now that I have made the decision to abandon ship for myself, I probably have more time to do things I probably should have done more, like comb my hair or check myself out in the mirror. I also have extra time now to go to the kitchen to learn to prepare food that doesn’t come out of a can or dial McDo; to go out and find out what the sunlight feels like; to burn the growing tire  around my waist; to rediscover the use of my voice box to talk to real people; to watch more fun cat and dog videos on YouTube. More importantly, now I have time to pursue things I’m truly passionate about.

I’ll be honest, just because I’ve made up my mind doesn’t make the execution easy. I’ve nurtured MisOrJobs for more than half a decade, and it feels like I’m letting go of a loved one, so I’m more inclined to drop it slowly. It’ll be a couple of months before I finally close the doors.

It’s worth noting that I’m not the type who says never. Who knows one of these days someone else might offer to take the domain out of my hands to resurrect it or I might find myself in a new situation where I’m more able to run it again. So I do encourage my fans to continue to follow MisOrJobs’ social accounts. I’ll keep updating those with relevant posts and perhaps one day I’ll let you know what the future holds for the site, but for now, farewell.

33 comments:

  1. thats so sad i cant believe this, this is not a scammer this is real cause everytime i email my resume and application letter its true and the company called or text me for an interview how did they do this so freaking out :-(

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  2. Your site was very helpful to all of us who are looking for a job here in misamis oriental. I always visit your site everyday and I respect the decision that you have made. Thank you and Godbless you MisOr Admin.

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  3. And find time to go outside with your buddies to eat Jollibee Champ and drink Coffee Float!

    By the way, I can understand your decision and we support you all the way! See you soon, outside, basking under the heat of the sun! ^_^

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  4. so sad to hear this news and i respect your decision...you've been a big help help to the local industry and to the local jobseekers...i am hoping that there would be another site like this that would the same thing as you do... God Bless MisOr Jobs!!we will miss you!! :)

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  5. I always open MisOrJobs almost every hour of the day. It really helped me a lot. Thank you.

    Heroes rise,
    Heroes fall
    Rise again
    Win it all

    We'll wait for your come back

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  6. Thanks to your site since I finally found my first ever job! If it wasn't for this site, I would still be an unemployed fresh grad. It is quite sad that you will close this site since this is the only job site that specifically caters to the jobs located in Misamis Oriental. You have helped a lot of employers and future employees and now I think it's your time to do the things that would make you happy too. Thanks for everything and may you have a happy and fruitful years ahead of you.

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  7. Thanks for your time, posting jobs for free. It really helps us a lot. Because of MisOrjobs I found a job. God bless you.

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    1. No 1 can beat this site.
      Thanks alot mis0r admin.
      GRASIAS..

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  9. even if chose to shut it down, your website have help people of misor more than that "branch" of the government have done. we hope youll be back.

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  10. thank u for helping as looking for jobs .

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  11. i mean US,..it so sad to know it. But i know God has a plan for all of this.thank you:)

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  12. VERY SAD for this. I've been a follower of this online job magazine. It did really helped me to have a job. It's a kind of HURT. As I read the lines on the photo, I feel like crying . . . For those individuals who benefited the site, let's just continue to support and thank for it.

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  13. Hi, im so sad when i see your news. Honestly, misorjobs helps me a lot, you help me find my job, and you help me also find applicants looking for a job. I was hired as HR and also, as an HR i also look for an applicants. I keep on posting from your site and it really works. hundreds of applicants send their resume for a day.. It means that, misorjobs is the easiest way to find a job. I just hope you'll be back someday, looking forward for it. Mabuhay!

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  14. my first day of work after my graduation last year is on this site. its so sad that it will just close down. everyday i check on this site just to see more jobs to hunt, to help my friends whom has no work yet. i hope you can make another website like this..

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  15. accessibility...definitely!
    in this era where almost everything is just a click away, closing the page is really a bad news. However, a decision has been made and it must be respected. I just hope one day the site will be visible again.
    MisOrJobs has done a good job! looking forward. Magis!

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  16. I do not know your site, frankly, but I felt your emotion coming from the very core of your being. You loved it for so long, spent long hours to nurture, and your energy was spent extremely drained. what more can I say, "good luck to your new endeavors. find your passion and live with it.

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  17. I understand how tiring it is to administer a website that you have to put a lot of effort and time in the maintenance. What's important is that it helped a lot of readers. I wish you well on your decisions and new plans.

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  18. It's best to read through reviews and testimonials carefully. This post is so helpful for everyone who may encounter the same.

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  19. this is a very sad news obviously anyway good luck to your new endeavors,hope you have a good life.

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  20. That was scary. I'm glad the NBI was able to step in and they were able to solve the case.

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  21. I can't imagine how sad you must be. I'm glad it's already solved. Wishing you good luck on your new plans.

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  22. We're very sorry to hear about what happend. But for anyone who is interested in reading more good news about Mindanao. You may check our website.

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  23. First, I would like to thank you for this wonderful website you have created. I, for one is a living proof that this website has help a lot of people. I found my first ever job here. However, you have to explore another world for yourself and I salute you for that. Thank you again, MisOrJobs Admin! No goodbyes, only see you soonest. Who knows?!

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  24. Misorjobs.com is the best job finder site in Mindanao

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  25. why dont you sell it? I think this site is worth a lot of money.

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  26. Please don't close the site. This is such a helpful tool for all the job seekers and employers. Everyone can access the site easily without going through all the hassle of signing up, logging in, etc. Just be careful na lang next time when verifying job ads. Make sure you have a list of legit employers here. God Bless!

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  27. hey! don't worry. MisOrJobs is not leaving for good. They are still in Facebook and Twitter.

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  28. After reading this informative and effective post. I have good knowledge now to fix this issue and to explain this issue to others.

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