RecruitingBlogs.com’s Jason Davis, the founder of Recruiting.com and prolific online recruiting blogger, is perhaps too good at what he does.
That’s one way to analyze why Jobster CEO Jason Goldberg is now threatening legal action to make Davis shut down his latest online invention, RecruitingBlogs.com.
When Davis left his post as executive editor of Recruiting.com in May, Goldberg called Davis a “shining light” in the recruiting industry and someone who “introduced recruiting to blogs and built a global community of blogging recruiters.”
In his absence, Goldberg appointed John Sumser to assume editorial control of Recruiting.com.
(Sumser has previously said Davis has a “gift for unearthing the value that stands right in front of you,” and is the “master” of the win-win offer.)
Davis, who had earlier developed RecruitingBlogs.com, quickly grew the site to include more than 200 online bloggers.
Now, lawyers representing Jobster have told Davis to shut down RecruitingBlogs.com immediately or Jobster will take legal action.
Of course, there’s Goldberg’s side. His legal counsel allegedly cites damage to his business and also that Davis is in violation of a non-compete agreement.
Goldberg was not immediately available for direct comment.
For now, Davis notes that Goldberg is willing to extend the deadline for seven days in order to prove how RecruitingBlogs.com is not a threat and how both websites could exist in virtual harmony.
Blog-Bashing to Blame
According to industry analyst Jim Durbin, it’s not easy to understand why Goldberg is pursuing such actions. While he admits Recruiting.com’s traffic has fallen since January, he alleges it is due to a new editorial direction at Recruiting.com, not because Jason Davis created an alleged “competing” site.
“John Sumser [now working on Recruiting.com] bashed some bloggers in the past, and certain bloggers have decided they didn’t want to play in that sandbox while Sumser is there. Our time is valuable, so why give it to someone who doesn’t think much of it?” says Durbin.
“They’ve [Jobster] failed to turn Recruiting.com into an asset, and they don’t want anyone else to be successful,” says Durbin. “Now, they are claiming Davis is to blame. They’re threatening to sue someone who has only done his best to build up the community, rather than taking a look at their own mistakes. They are clearly in the wrong. You don’t push people around when it’s your own fault.”