I’m pissed off… no pissed off is wrong… I’m… disappointed. Yes… disappointed… that’s it.
You see I thought we’d come a long way as an industry… as a profession. I thought that recruiters understood that the pillars of success and respect begin with:
- Deep network of specialisation
- Understanding your clients, candidates & prospects.
- A level of professionalism
- Adding real value
I thought that… I really did… then I received this email.
I see that your company is seeking a “IT Perm Recruitment Consultant” at the moment.
We have over 20 years experience in recruiting this skill set and may have someone that could suit.
Would you be interested in using an agency to help fill this role?
PS: Some benefits of using [NAME DELETED] Recruitment are:
- We maintain a database of over 350,000 jobseekers Australia wide.
- All staff within our organisation are qualified with relevant commercial experience to the area they are recruiting for.
- 99.6% of placements made (since 1991) exceed their probation period.
The only changes I made to the above email were deleting the name in the ‘PS’ line and choosing to leave out the signature at the bottom.
Maybe I should have included it… maybe you might have wanted to contact them yourself to ask some questions… I know I have questions.
Let’s break it down shall we?
Firstly, how about the greeting?
No name… no nothing really. If you’re going to set up some kind of trawling software to rape job boards and spam advertisers at least have the decency to pick up the advertiser’s name… yes my name was published clearly on the ad.
You know what? I’m not even going to bother breaking down the rest of this person’s email… their grand claims of a database with a population the size of New Orleans (obviously not during Mardi Gras)… a placement to probation rate of 99.6%… and an assurance that all staff have commercial experience in the area they are recruiting for… no I’m not going to do that. Instead I will present some of my own findings… taken from this company’s (and their staff’s) online presence.
To begin with the person who sent me this email (the Managing Director of the business), has 2 different personal LinkedIn profiles & another profile in his name set up as a group. Then I scoured their open vacancies looking for proof that they actually do have experience recruiting recruitment roles… couldn’t find any.
Finally I checked out 4 of this company’s staff on LinkedIn (why wouldn’t I). Guess how many connections they have between them… go on… guess… What’s that you say?… 500?… lower… 100?… lower… 50?… lower… oh come on I’m even getting bored now… let me put you out of your misery. Between four of them they have a combined connection total of… drumroll please… One.
One (or in layman’s terms 1).
Funny thing is the MD of the business has a LinkedIn profile that describes himself as a Leadership Trainer, Recruitment Strategist & Key Note Speaker.
You’ve probably gathered that I am a little annoyed with the behaviour of this individual, who has single handedly set the recruitment as a profession cause back 15 years.
Please… please… please do not follow this lead. Thoroughly research every new prospect (candidate or client) before you reach out to them. Be sure that you can actually add value and for God’s sake have the common decency to use the person’s name when you communicate… it’s professional… it’s sensible… and it’s respectful.
And wouldn’t you like it if people stated describing our industry as professional, sensible & respectful? I know I would.