Do you not know what a “headhunter” is? Well, let me school you… A “headhunter” in the professional world is usually referred to as a recruiter. Their job is to gather up as many contacts as possible into a network of people, and in turn, they use their network to generate leads for employers looking for employees, and vice versa. This sounds innocent enough. It does. The fact is though, that the list of recruiters that I will talk to is very, very, very short.
Over the past 8 months or so, recruiters have been getting more and more aggressive in their tactics of generating and building their networks. That in itself can be a good thing, but most often in this industry, it is definitely a BAD thing. This began for me as one or more annoying emails a week, asking me if I knew anyone who fit a profile for a job, or if I was looking for any new “opportunities.” I can tell from experience, I have never really had any luck using the services of a staffing company, from either side of the coin. I know many people do, but they are the exception in my world.
The recruiters that have been getting on my nerves have been getting desperate, and as a result, their tactics are both more resourceful and annoying. Here are things that will automatically black list a recruiting firm from any future communications with me… Let’s call this the Sarcastic List of Recruiter Do’s:
Now, that list was a sarcastic list of gripes that I have put together over time. Take it with a grain of salt, and let the sarcasm sink in. Any of the above can, and usually does immediately put you and your entire company on my black list for myself, my company, and the user groups I have influence over. Just be nice. Seriously.
There is obviously a real place for recruiters. I am just sick and tired of the annoying ones. There are a select few recruiters who I am willing to speak to or devote time to, and they know who they are. If you are not sure about if it’s you, let me help, it’s NOT YOU.