I am sure I am not alone in receiving countless completely inappropriate and seemingly randomly sent CVs when advertising for roles - it kinda comes with the territory - but it never fails to amaze me that even when a specific warning that irrelevant and inappropriate CVs will not get a response is included in the advertisement that so many candidates think it is worthwhile sending you their CV despite the fact they have no suitable experience and in fact, in many cases, simply could not perform many of the functions of the job as a result. Even more amazing is how few candidates when asked to accompany their CVs with a short covering note explaining the relevance of their experience to the advertised role simply ignore this.
Fortunately I mainly work using passive search techniques which means I am in control of how much of my time I spend chasing wild geese (!) but I wonder how much time these candidates waste sending their CVs, it seems, willy-nilly to anyone and everyone. Do we blame ourselves as recruiters for operating now in an increasingly high-handed way and simply deleting CVs we don't care for - thus creating a 'mud against the wall’ desperation in job seekers? I know personally I have always tried to respond to every application I get even if it is a brief 'sorry but you are not suitable' email - sometimes giving reasonable detail for the rejection of the CV to help candidates in future applications - but this becomes increasingly hard when, despite the warnings that irrelevant applications may not receive the courtesy of a reply, candidates who have spent their lives selling white goods (for example) still send you CVs in application for a CEO of a software start-up opportunity.
I am not even going to start on how even candidates with some relevant experience fail to organise their CVs to show off this relevant experience. Have candidates so lost the ability to focus their job searches through desperation in the current economic climate? I do my best to help candidates improve their job hunting prospects but faced with this barrage of unintelligent mud-flinging what can one do?