Last week, I ran a tongue-in-cheek post called "The Most Honest System-Generated Rejection Letter Ever"... It was designed to be truthful and direct, to say what needed to be said to candidates getting a rejection note from an employer who likely never even looked at their resume - thanks to the magic of keyword matching.
As luck would have it, a reader I'll call "Jake" saw my rejection letter and emailed me the following - a perfect auto-response from a candidate who is so sick of lame recruiters calling him without knowing the basics of what he does for a living and what he's looking for, that he's giving them the following rundown - which basically tells them they've already committed six sins of recruiting and he won't be giving them the chance to commit the seventh.
The out-of-office type of automated response from the candidate looked like this:
"This is an auto-response set up to deal with the overwhelming number of emails regarding my resume. Sorry if you are a legitimate contact. The bad ones are about 95% of my emails.
1) I am not interested in contract positions. Please remove my contact information from your systems if you are looking for a contractor.
2) I am not a MySQL or Oracle DBA. I know nothing of MySQL or Oracle and do not wish to switch to either.
3) I am not a programmer; I used to do VB programming but switched to a DBA/T-SQL role MANY years ago. If this position isn't for a Microsoft SQL Database Administrator, I'm not interested.
4) I will skim your email looking for numbers, if I don't see a salary range I will delete it. Too many recruiters ignore my salary requirements thinking I am some desperate person looking for a job and may accept 1/2 of what I state I require. I am currently employed, exceptional at what I do and won't leave my current position for less than $100K, full time and with good benefits.
5) I am not interested in shops that are running old SQL 6.5/7. These versions of SQL were obsolete a decade ago. My expertise is focused on SQL 2005 through 2008 R2 and I have no desire to regress.
6) Relocation: If your position isn’t in Ohio, then you need to have a relocation package that includes dealing with a home I own. I have no desire to move further North. Florida is preferred, Texas is acceptable. Chicago or New York would be acceptable for a significant increase in pay to compensate for cost of living.
Wow - that's money. As luck would have it, the candidate is in a profession (Tech, focus on SQL) where he can call his shots and undoubtedly gets a lot of calls from recruiters - obviously the resume-slinging kind where the movie Boiler Room plays in the background and they're there to dial from the database. Dialing early and often. We called him 2 weeks ago? Call him again.
The moral - a good recruiter has to play to the talent pool she's trying to embed herself in. Without embedding yourself in the job and the profession that supports it, you're just another resume spammer as a recruiter.
Dial or email with that in mind...