Wow. Just Wow. I had coffee w/ a good friend's husband just yesterday because he wanted to pick my brain about how to work with recruiters. He's an Agile ScrumMaster type guy (read: extremely brilliant and in demand) and we befuddle the hell out of him. He got approached by no less than 30 different recruiters for the exact same job with a very large credit card company. Dude gets emailed and / or called 100 times a week and don't even ask how many actual interviews he's gone on... I wanted to defend my industry but there are no words for some of this crap.
What was even worse about this one was that the subject line said, "Position for Gene". Their automation must throw the name in the subject line and the salutation to try and make it look like a personal note wheich obviously it was not.
Automated tweets are showing some folks rears also. I saw one on Jan 2 that was still wishing everybody Merry Christmas. He went off my twitter list. Obviously for got to turn off or change tweet deck. I love it when i get five tweets in a row from the same person. Dumb nerds.
I took a meeting with the recruiting director of a growing company that we worked with when they were early stage and continue to work with for certain hiring managers.
This guy tells me they have 70 recruiting firms working with them. I said that means you have none.
He looked at me dumbfounded. Anyone know why I said this?
Of course as soon as everybody spams the world with emails and calls, they find out that every recruiter on the planet has the job so why should they work on it. When this stuff gos on every candidate on the planet finds out about it tells their friends and somebody contacts the company directly and gets hired so no fee is ever paid or when candidates are contacted by that many recruiters for the same job they think there is something wrong with it and wrong with the company if there are that many recruiters working on it.
Wow indeed - that really is a piss poor email. I can only imagine the response from Gene (or anyone for that matter) of his level getting this type of email.
I once worked with a recruiter that spent a good portion of the day crafting a gem of an email like this. The sad thing thing was this one might have been better. He lasted with the firm a week. If only a fraction of that output was placed on getting on the phone he would probably be a millionaire.
Sandra, I'm getting a lot of this myself at the moment to my personal email. Clearly all automated stuff. I have no idea how these recruiters got my details as I don't have anything on job boards, just LinkedIn. I got the exact same, allegedly personalised, email from the same recruiter (from a major high street agency) twice in one day for a job that admittedly did look quite interesting, when I emailed back asking her to call me about it I got an auto bounce back email saying the inbox was unchecked and I would not receive a reply. I doubt the person who emailed even actually exists. Quite frustrating as it further discredits legitimate recruiters who might make an approach to a candidate over email if they can't get hold of them on the phone.
On a slightly unrelated note, the funniest spam I ever got on LinkedIn was asking me to essentially become an escort to wealthy older men in my area! Needless to say I had a good laugh and then deleted it. Quite the career change.