I applied to 9 jobs at the weekend, all through agencies, sadly. I stressed in each application that since I work full time they wouldn’t be able to contact me by phone during the day. No fewer than four of them have tried to contact me by phone during the day. Of those:
- Two (Paul Haig and Dave Collingwood, both from Computer People) don’t seem to know much about the jobs I actually applied to and instead were more interested in trying to sell me to some other roles (for which I am totally inappropriate – wrong skills, wrong location). All I can assume is that Computer People post fake job listings to attract CVs. Dave Collingwood on his LinkedIn profile describes himself as “head of Java development”, which appears to display a flawed understanding of the words “head”, “of”, “Java”, and “development” and an apparent ignorance of the words “two”. “bit” and “conman”.
- One wants my CV in Word format, which means he wants to edit it. I’m still waiting for him to buy me a Windows and MS Office license.
- One seems to have forwarded my application through without much resistance. Uh, wow? This is pretty much unprecidented. I won’t take the job because it turns out the company is involved in anti-piracy which probably means they’re a bunch of scumbags, but it’s possible interview practice.
Since then, I have also seen a significant rise in suspicious emails in my inbox. A rise from zero. I am told that I have:
- A new ‘iProfile’
- Expressed some interest in receiving a newsletter for the “Greenbank Sports Academy”
- Signed up to “jobserve’s” news letter.
Either I am suffering selective amnesia or my email’s been sold.
It’s a striking piece of irony that companies outsource recruitment to agencies. Who becomes a recruiter by choice? You become a recruiter becasue there are always tonnes of recruitment jobs available (high turnover) and because it requires no specific skills. Most of them are 21-23 year olds straight out of university with non-degrees and no immediate career options. Fine, but you seem like the worst possible candidate to help with recruitment.