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September 26, 2023

Best recruiter interactions/stories

It's reaching that time in busy season when the recruiters begin to feed on the weak and weary.  We all know that recruiters are not the brightest bulbs, but sometimes they can offer a glimmer of hope, if not absolute salvation.  I've heard a lot of funny stories about peoples' interactions with recruiters.  What's your favorite?

Here's mine:

Got a random linkedin recruiting message from an exectutive recruiter last year that was literally this (copy pasted from his email):

"open to new roles?"

Talk about first impressions.  I obviously responded because this was most definitely the type of person I wanted representing me to potential employers.  I replied:

"Depends on the industry and role."

His response:

"i have some great finance roles in every industry 

can i see a resume ? [email removed]

it does not go to any client without your permission"

Because fuck capitalization and punctuation.  I ignored this one as I realized that this was how he actually conducted himself.  A week or two later I got this: "were you interested ?" and this: "what industry would be of interest to you ? "

I copied the entire exchange and sent it to the contact email of his company asking them to kindly refrain from contacting me.  I never heard back from the recruiter or the company but saved the messages because they make for a good story.

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