I am also unimpressed with "Dear Ms. Coehn..."
And "Please contact me at your soonest convenience." (This, I thought, might have just been a slip of the fingers or a poorly chosen word. However, this rocket scientist left me a phone message also saying "please call me right back at your soonest convenience." Clearly, this guy believes his phrasing to be completely appropriate.
I also do not enjoy recruiters with blatantly religious (read: not my religion) signatures. For example, if you write me an email and after your name is a biblical quote (even if it's from the part of the bible I am, shall we say, familiar with), I'm not likely to take you seriously.
I am further unimpressed with recruiters who don't understand the position they are screening for. "Yes, Karen, we thought you'd be perfect for this software engineer position we have open." Um, what made you think I was perfect for THAT position? What part of "I'm not a software engineer" don't you get? Why must you try to convince me to come in for a talk anyway, because you're just so SURE that once I come in and see the place, I'll change my mind and I'll miraculously remember that I have a Master's in CS and five years of software design experience?
I am just as unimpressed with those of you who read me a job description and then ask me if I know what FISMA means because you're not sure. Or ask me if I've got C&A experience when that's ALL OVER my resume that you just quoted to me.
Mostly, I'm glad to be done with the lot of them for the moment. I get that I don't have to like recruiters and a stupid recruiter isn't necessarily a sign of a useless company or position, but first impressions really do mean a lot. So there.
Wow. I really AM grumpy today. Which is odd, because I've been smiling and joking with my colleagues all day, and I've even been fairly productive at work. But it will soon be time for me to leave. Hoooray.