Friday morning has been minimal on the legit front, but last night I decided to add CareerBuilder (mostly for entertainment value) and improve my Monster profile, sparking a wave of new spam.
On the Spam Front…
Farmers Insurance retains its reputation as a Western Washington CareerBuilder predator. A local Farmers manager with the Dickensian name of Weston Philpot was the second CB response in my inbox this morning (6:36 a.m. local time). Of course, he wasn’t looking for a tech person. He was inquiring about my interest in selling insurance.
The first CareerBuilder email actually hit me up by both Career Builder and Monster about a SDE III contract that actually sounded half-interesting. It required reading C#, but not coding in it, because the project was to convert a monolithic API in C# and Entity Framework to Node-based microservices.
I’m not really interested in contracts, but I decided to inquire on the rate. They came back with a rate that would be below the lowest base I’ve had in 6 years, plus no benefits, no stock, no bonus, no time off. No thanks.
Four Monsters, Six other CareerBuilders… One was especially fun because it included a couple of job codes. Googled the codes… 29 other agencies recruiting for the exact same JD.
I don’t need to imagine what that’s like. When I was at Microsoft, my manager asked me and another writer on our team to review the incoming resumes for a contractor and then share our recommendations with him.
We were DELUGED. Most were missing crucial must-haves. These agencies aren’t just spamming you, they’re spamming the HR systems with every resume they can get a candidate to let them submit. We quickly got to know which agencies to shitcan as soon as we saw their name.
Response to Parth, Sr. Technical Recruiter. cc: Shubham.
You should watch out. Shubham sent me the exact same req two minutes after you. In fact, I got seven different emails from seven different people at your company in the space of 4 minutes.
You know that makes it look like an uncoordinated, unprofessional free-for-all over at your company. Right?
P.S.: No response is required as I refuse to give someone in a boiler-room operation like yours 40% of the hourly billing rate on a contract gig with no benefits. Plus NOT ONE of the seven emails was appropriate to my experience.