Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dear Recruiters: Please learn to do your job at even a minimal level of skill

This is a real email I just got. I get these kind of inquiries all the time:

Hi Dan,

I hope you are well and that you had great holiday break. I wanted to see if you are interested in a full time opportunity with one of my clients.

I am looking for a Lead Wed Developer and would like to talk to you about this open role. Best way to reach me is my cell XXX-XXX-XXXX or via email [email withheld].

Thank you again and I look forward to your reply.

[name withheld]

Oh my goodness! Yes, I will definitely jump on this amazing opportunity that you have laid out with absolutely zero details! I'm so happy to inquire about this lead since you've clearly singled me out and not sent this same letter to 50 other people who's skill sets you are not even vaguely familiar with!

I mean, I realize the economy is in a rough place. Obviously these recruiters do well enough that they haven't starved to death. (Which, for the sake of argument, we'll say is a good thing.) But for fuck's sake people, have some pride in what you do. If this was a fluke that would be one thing, but I get dozens and dozens of these emails at pretty much the same quality level.

Fortunately, I have the luxury of just deleting messages like this.