UPDATE – Having emailed the recruiter in question asking whether they wanted to respond to my criticisms, I have received a response I have mixed feelings about. The person is embarrassed and feels a little shellshocked as far as I can tell. They are new to the Australian recruiting scene, but have experience elsewhere. I think that the advice I gave, which was probably a little harsh in tone, has been taken in the right way and I think this person will probably end up being someone we should look for – they’ll be the person who knows about you before they call. I certainly wish them luck as a result.
Given my friend, Nathanael recently posted of his frustrations with some recruitment processes he’s going through, I figured it was my turn. Only this time, I’m fed up with the recruiters. Here’s why.
Today, I received this in an email from a recruiting company with offices in Australia and the UK:
I don’t know whether this position would be of interest to you as we have not heard from you in a while and the details that we have may be outdated.
We are currently recruiting for a client that requires an all-rounder who has experience in getting solutions implemented on time and within budget. This company has developed an web-based automated service management system that is modelled on the ITIL framework.
The email goes on to describe the requirements (at length) of a job that’s completely irrelevant to me.
I beg your pardon? You didn’t look me up on LinkedIn? You didn’t take five seconds to Google me before sending me your irrelevant job listing?
Frankly, this pisses me off. And it’s happened more than once in the past. These days, for a recruiter to cold-email me with a role that’s actually completely irrelevant to me is unforgivable. They don’t deserve their job.
Here’s what I sent in reply:
On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 9:54 PM, <name and email removed> wrote:
> I don’t know whether this position would be of interest to you as we have
> not heard from you in a while and the details that we have may be outdated.
In which case you appear lazy for not having checked out what I’m doing by a 5-second Google search that will find me on LinkedIn and also find my website. Why not?
It’s made easy for recruiters today – you have a huge ready resource in the Internet and you’re failing to use it. There is a huge, ready pool of candidates in a vast range of industries out there who have announced their readiness for work and you could be tapping into that.
Any recruiting company that doesn’t pre-screen contacting me by:
- looking me up on LinkedIn to see my history and references
- going to my company website to see what services I offer
- reading my blog to see where my head’s at
doesn’t deserve my time.
Do I sound cranky? I am.
Was I too harsh? Some will think so, but I don’t.
Any recruiter and recruiting company worth their salt will put some effort into pre-screening contact with a potential candidate before making a call or sending an email. They’ll make sure they have an idea of what the candidate is doing and thinking about by looking at LinkedIn and the person’s company website or blog. They’ll know about their last few roles. They’ll probably even be able to figure out whether the person is an active or potentially passive job seeker by reading between the lines in blog posts.
Just not good enough.
That said, I’ve contacted the recruiter and given them an opportunity to respond with any other information they might like to tell me about why I was approached. I’ll post any response here.