I must say that I don’t agree with this approach, especially given that I’m a recruiter. Of course, it’s easy to disagree with someone, so I decided to make this a bit more constructive. Here are a few suggestions for Mr Calley and for other job seekers (in this case software developers) that feel the same way as him:
1. Don’t post your resume / CV “out there”
If you don’t want to receive unwanted calls in the middle of the day, do not publish your phone number online.
More on this at point number 4, but you don’t need to do this in order to find a new job. Posting your CV and especially phone number online is never a good idea, and it’s obvious that you will receive unwanted phone calls. Some of them will come at the worst possible time. Once again, as this is an important point: if you don’t want to receive unwanted calls in the middle of the day (from recruiters or people that you don’t know in general), do not publish your phone number online.
2. Have more than 1 email address
Another one that is pretty obvious. Have a work email address and a personal email address. Don’t mix them. If needed, create a third email address and use that one on your CV or LinkedIn profile. It does not have to be joboffers@, you can call it namesurname3@, and potential employers won’t know it’s only used for jobs.
It goes without saying, don’t have this one open on your computer while at work.
3. Don’t bother checking recruiter emails with bad subject lines
When checking your email address for job offers, don’t open emails with subject lines such as “Guru needed,” “Immediate interview,” “This position is just calling your name!” This is an easy way to identify spammy recruiters who don’t do their homework and avoid the hassle of dealing with them early.
If the subject line is generic and doesn’t mention relevant things such as your location, the technologies that are relevant to you or something very interesting, the details in the email will probably be the same. Save yourself some time and delete it right away.
4. Only work with good recruiters
By doing this you can virtually eliminate the need to post your CV out there and deal with the influx of messages, phone calls and queries. A no-brainer, but depending on the circumstances, most people will work with any recruiters. When you do decide to change jobs, why not email that recruiter who contacted you a few months ago with a relevant message?
Changing jobs is very often a hurried affair, with people making hasty or emotional decisions. They can’t stand their boss anymore or they realise all of a sudden that the current job is not going anywhere. So what do they do? They reply to the first recruiter that sends an email. In turn, that encourages bad recruiters to continue sending mass emails, hoping that at least 1 – 2 people out of 10 will reply.
It’s very easy to blame (usually third party) recruiters for everything that’s wrong within the recruitment industry. Companies like to do it, candidates like to do it.
The truth is that the industry has big flaws, caused by everyone involved.
Of course there is much that recruiters should improve, however most don’t because they really don’t have to. It’s a very simple concept that everyone involved seems to miss.
When more companies and candidates will start to avoid bad recruiters at all costs and really good recruiters will receive more referrals, the bar will be inevitably be raised.