They say that complaints and rants are borne of recent poor experience, and this one is no exception. In fact, when I searched this board to find what I said about recruiters last time, it was late 2015, not co-incidentally when I was last looking for work. Sadly not much has changed since then, nor in the eight years since I wrote this.
So, I find myself on the mailing list for G2 Recruitment. The custom email address I supplied last time indicates they got my email address in 2015. I don’t remember dealing with them, but it is possible I dealt with them in another guise before they were taken over.
I saw an email from them today, advertising a role that looks like an 80% good fit. I am invited to send my “latest CV” by reply, but I have a policy of speaking to a recruiter first, to see if I think the job exists (!) and whether I like the sound of the recruiter and the client. As I noted in my blog post, I am inclined to believe that some recruitment firms advertise roles that do not exist in order to hoover up job seeker CVs (and once one rogue recruiter does this, some others do so in order to level the playing field).
I do not profess to have a view about which recruiters engage in this behaviour .
So I called for the recruiter named on the ad, and I am told he is on the phone, but that I should send a CV. I say that I’d like to talk first, but the agent is insistent, and doesn’t ask to take my number before dismissing me and putting the phone down. Without question, this was a codified “bugger off”.
What are your views about co-operating with these sorts of demands? Sending a CV is not much skin off my nose, admittedly, but I sense that I’m dealing with pretty cut-throat salespeople who aren’t very nice, and that bothers me. I don’t like chucking my CV to every Tom, Dick and Harry either, especially if I don’t know how I got onto their mailing list.
I dunno. I think I just want this business to be more personable.