What is recruiters’ hangup with phone calls (sorry for the pun)? Why does everyone need to talk to me on the phone?! Call me crazy (not quite as sorry for that pun) but it IS the 21st century right? I invite all recruiters to come join the rest of us in it; we miss you. I can’t help it, it’s just like a switch clicked on (or off) when I turned 25 and– boom!– I hated talking on the phone. Maybe it has something to do with those couple of call center jobs I had or something. Email and text messaging were invented for people like me; instant messaging is sent from above. I want everyone to embrace this wondrous technology! Yet, I continue to get voicemails from random recruiters cold-calling me wanting to “chat” about this or that awesome opportunity that I’d be perfect for (-_-).
Am I the only one this drives absolutely batsh*t crazy?! First, you called me out of the blue and had I been dumb enough to answer, you would have then wasted my time telling me about an “opportunity” I’m not the least bit interested in and/or am over/under-qualified for which you would know if you’d actually READ the LinkedIn profile from which you culled my name and contact information. Second, it’s rude to call someone that you don’t know without trying to at least call at a time that would be convenient for them which you would find out by EMAILING FIRST. Is it just me or is it like a ringing phone is demanding your immediate attention no matter what you’re doing? It’s like someone insistently tapping you on the shoulder screaming ANSWER ME NOW, I’M IMPORTANT! No? Just me? Ok then. (0_0)
Then there are those recruiters that DO email first, probably because they were too lazy to look for a contact number, who tell you what an amazeballs opportunity they want to tell you about if you’d just call them to talk about it! That specific technique is absolute wacksauce and should be removed from the recruiter handbook! Is it against some kind of strict recruiting moral code to give the person you just contacted (but wouldn’t know if she came up to you and shook your hand) some details about the “opportunity” so she can determine if it’s even worth the time it takes to call you about it? Is it because your only goal is to get a person on the phone so you can enact your nefarious plan to glean as much information from them (a.k.a. the sneaky phone interview) as you can to put into your database and maybe even weasel a résumé out of them? Nevermind that they don’t want to work with you and that you have no intention of actually helping them in a job search; shoot, you don’t even care that they aren’t LOOKING for a job! Drives me cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs I tells ya!
And I saved the best for last: the particularly resourceful and crafty recruiter who tracks down your work email and phone number and contacts you at work! Oh yes! I’ve been emailed AND cold-called at the place that was signing my paychecks! I call shenanigans on this inconsiderate, thoughtless and tactless practice! I was clutch-my-pearls mortified! It’s been over a year since it last happened and I still have strong feelings about it. The fact that a recruiter had the unmitigated gall to put my livelihood at risk for a “fantastic opportunity”…
Please don’t think I have anything against recruiters (these types of posts typically get recruiters all up in their feelings in the comments sections of posts like this). I choose not to work with them because my experiences in the past have been unpleasant and unproductive but I don’t deny that some folks have excellent luck with them. I’m a live and let live kinda gal; do what works for you. I should also mention that I’ve never experienced or heard of these types of guerrilla tactics committed by what I call “captive recruiters”. I know there’s a name for them but that’s what I choose to call them. Those are the recruiters who work in the HR department of a company and only recruit and hire for that company’s open positions. Yes, they call without emailing to set up a convenient time too but not nearly as often as agency recruiters IMO. At any rate, YMMV but this is MY rant, not yours!
So yeah, recruiters: I haven’t met you and this is crazy but find my email and email me maybe?
*that song is stuck in your head now isn’t it? You’re welcome!*
Does anyone else hate those impromptu recruiter phone calls or am I the only one?