I feel I should probably preface this with a
#notallrecruiters or something, but I’ve just had an interaction with a recruiter via LinkedIN which has left a bad taste in my mouth.
It started off innocently enough with me accepting a connection from her, which was quickly followed up by a message:
Thanks for accepting my connection here on LinkedIn. Just came across your profile and I am very interested to know if you are currently on the market looking for a new work opportunity?
If yes, would you consider a position in London? I am currently looking for a Ruby on Rails developer to join a satrt up in London and you skill set is a great match.
Please let me know if you would be interested to know a bit more about this role.
So far so good, she’s polite but professional, and with the minimum of fuss has stated her position and the opportunity that she’s offering - great. So I reply:
Hi, thanks for getting in touch. I am looking for work for now, although I hadn’t planned on going quite that far - but if the job is right I might consider it.
Do you have a specification for it?
I’m no poet or anything, but I think I’ve been succinct in my request for a specification for the role.
I got a reply this morning:
Hi, Thanks for your reply.
This is an opportunity for a Ruby on Rails developer to join an opportunity in a start up in London.
I can’t really see on your profile for how long have you been using Ruby and if you know Ruby on Rails?
Hope to hear from you soon,
Does anyone else see the problem with this? I’ll let my reply fill in the gaps:
Hi, sorry but you’ve not really told me anything that I didn’t already know. Who are the company? Where are they based? What are they working on? What salary are they offering? Is it a junior or senior position? What other skills are desirable?
OK, so I’ll admit I’ve been less that polite here, but I hope you at least understand my reasoning for such a reply. I’ve already said that a job in London is not top of my list, but if it’s the right job I’d consider it, so if she was interested in having a conversation with me, she’d honour my request for a spec (which I’m sure she must have), rather than just repeating herself and asking more questions.