I’ve written on this before, but it bears repeating in more succinct terms: bulk emailing is a reality of modern recruiting, get used to it and stop getting pissed about it if you’re a candidate. And, from the recruiting perspective, stop bullshitting people and admit it is now and for the foreseeable future will be a tool that will be used.
For candidates: recruiters want you to believe they know your life’s history when they first talk to you, they don’t, and that’s part of their sales pitch and it’s a load of shit. Recruiting is like dating, and be real with yourself: when you’re dating someone, do you get their life story instantly, ask them their sex preferences, ask to inspect their apartment or house to make sure they’re clean, and then introduce them to your family and get their approval for marriage on the first date? No, that would be fucking ridiculous. You put out feelers and proceed on a step by step basis, first gauging interest, then dating and determining long term fit, and then you get married. That is what a bulk email is. It’s key word based, it’s impersonal, and it’s really just a large net the recruiter casts to say, “Hey, I’ve got this position available, are you interested?” Getting pissed at that is like getting pissed at not being able to get a blood test for marriage approval on the first date, get the fuck over it.
You have every right to say no, you’re not interested. You have every right to ask to be removed from future mailings. You have every right to ask for, and to receive, the salary range and location and a job description if you are interested. A recruiter who won’t tell you those things is full of it. But please, stop acting like a bulk email is akin to someone walking up to you and politely asking if they can fuck your mother. Stop buying the bullshit of recruiter ‘sales’ types and understand the reality; we aren’t going to invest a shitload of time and effort into getting to know you, or ‘building a relationship’ as they say, only to have you not be interested in a single potential opening we have. We have rent to pay as well, and we get paid for placements. Relationship building, real relationship building, is a step by step gradual process that begins with assessing interest. Recruiters are not your personal career coaches, they don’t get paid for finding you personally a job. If you get an email you don’t want, ignore it or say no thanks. It’s really quite easy.
For recruiters: stop bullshitting candidates. Few if any modern recruiters have a stable of candidates with which they’ve built relationships with over years of work. That happens with consultants, not so much with permanent placements. And, if you are doing that, congratulations. I’m sure your clients are very comfortable knowing that within a year of getting Bob a job in their company, you’ll place him somewhere else, especially since that’s written in as an explicit prohibition in most contracts, I’d very much like to know how you’re accomplishing that. When you do speak with candidates, tell them the God damn salary range. They don’t pay their rent with a good cultural fit or job satisfaction. And stop bullshitting about cold calling and phone work too. This is the 21st century, email is a perfectly appropriate and useful tool and it should used. If communication is the key to a good relationship, cutting off one mode of communication for archaic, luddite reasons is just plain stupid.