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recruiters - Karen's Musings
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You know, I'm all for recruiters contacting me. Really. But I have to say, I'm unimpressed when they say, "I have a position doing security at such-n-such agency. Are you interested?" and then refuse to send me a job description until I ask three times.

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.

Current Mood: cranky cranky

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cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: October 28th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
They fall in the same category as folks that call you at work, on your cell phone, to talk about refinancing, and then don't keep the call short. They forget I need to work to earn the money to pay the mortgage.

Today's been less productive for me, but the week is averaging out good.
From: gingy Date: October 28th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
How soon? Huh? HOW SOON?
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: October 28th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Joel has gotten the bible quotes a few times. It's really unprofessional and can really turn a prospective candidate off. It's hard to take the recruiter seriously when they shove their religion in your face. Often they try to push Joel to come in for stuff that he knows he is neither interested or perhaps qualified for. He made it clear that he is in project development management mode and yet the fools still call about programming jobs. He put his objective in a large font on the first page of the resume. DOH.

In other words, it's an illness in the recruiting world that they are just trying to find the bodies to throw at the client to prove that they are working to find the right candidate. My husband also refuses to meet with recruiters who don't have jobs for him "right now" so they can scan him to make sure he doesn't have two heads or something. Who has time for that??

either_or From: either_or Date: October 28th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
i hate "inspirational quotes". unless the person is really clearly just being ironic about it. but i hate stuff like about where there's a will there's a way and about anybody can succeed if they just put their mind to it.

b/c it's not true.

so you don't like religious quotes and i don't like capitalist propaganda.

but like...what if it was a totally random bible quote? like, "they planted wheat that year" or something. i think if i saw that, i'd laugh and like the person more.
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