Ballsy, Desperate Recruiters…

I’m a developer. As such, I often get bombarded with unsolicited LinkedIn messages from recruiters. Aside from not having anything to do with my skillset or experience, these are usually pretty harmless:

“Hi, I’m Joe Nobody, and I came across your LinkedIn profile. You seem to have a lot of skills that match these buzz words I’m going to include! Would you like to hear more about this position, which is totally unrelated to anything you’d ever even be remotely interested in pursuing? Can’t wait to chat!”

Often times, I show these to other friends of mine who are also developers, and we share a good laugh over our best recruiter stories. For instance – one time, I had a recruiter (who I had been working with for a remote position), contact me and tell me he had a great on-site position with a great commute. It was in New Jersey. (I am in Michigan.) He was working to place my husband at a company in South Carolina. He’s the same recruiter who spent his entire Cancun vacation harassing my husband about that very position. (We think he was drinking – it was pretty great.) We have had good laughs over that guy.

But today, I experienced something that I can only describe with two words – ballsy, and desperate…

Today, while I sat in training for my new job (which I had just updated my LinkedIn profile to reflect), I receive two calls, from two separate numbers, a voicemail from the first number, and then a text message from the second number, an email, and finally a LinkedIn message. All from the same recruiter. From my new employer’s most hated rival.

He started off in the worst possible way: “Are you a Front-End Engineer?” was the subject line. When you’re planning to contact me for a position, I would hope you have at least done enough research to be able to decide for yourself whether or not I could be considered a Front-End Engineer… It goes on to answer that question for me: “I am reaching out to you because of your extensive background in Front-End Engineering.” That’s great, you have done your homework. Why annoy me with a subject line that could only possibly lead me to believe you haven’t done any research on my experience?

The message then goes on to tell me all about this company he is representing, along with bolding their status as #1 in the market sector they serve. He’s looked at my profile, clearly; he knows who I work for. Aside from bragging about their company’s status as #1 (nothing else about the company, or their culture, though), and telling me their engineering team is growing and “looking for top talent”, he tells me nothing about the position, and doesn’t even offer to send me a job description, if I would like one.

I understand that recruiters are just doing their job, and companies are often all about poaching talent from their biggest rivals (especially when they know their rivals have better talent than them; we’re not going to go there…), but you have to have balls to send a cocky message like this, without any real explanation of what position you’re looking to fill; and you have to be desperate to accompany it with two phone calls, a voicemail, a text message, and an email… All within 5 minutes (I’m not even kidding)…

Needless to say, I’m not interested in working with this company – especially when considering how happy I am with my current position, and the resources and amenities offered by my company; but even if I was in the market for a new job, this is exactly the type of message, and recruitment behavior that turns me off to a recruiter and their positions, however perfect they may be for me, all together…

So, best of luck to them in filling their position for a Front-End Engineer, but unfortunately I won’t be filling that void…

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