The Recruiting "Treadmill"

Posted August 11, 2014

I have been on the hunt for steady employment for a few months now.  I get sometimes 20 calls per day and as many emails with job descriptions.  This is good, right?  Not so much...quantity vs. quality is what I am experiencing...BAD quality (mostly).

Let me preface this rant with the fact that NOT ALL RECRUITERS ARE GUILTY OF THIS.  There are some great recruiters I have spoken to who have their stuff together and are great to work with.  This rant addresses the other 99.9% - so here goes!

I get calls from overseas screeners who I cannot understand.  Most often, the caller ID shows a phone number back in NJ or somewhere like that (but they are actually on a VOIP box in some far away land). They will say they have an' urgent requirement' in California.  Where in California?  Santa Monica.  (No grasp of our geography - Santa Monica is 359 miles away from where I live.  I get others like this - mostly via email - for "Urgent Requirements" in New Jersey, Nebraska, Michigan, etc.  They pay no attention to the fact that I have "WILL NOT RELOCATE" all over my online job profiles.

The other thing that gets me is they think Java and JavaScript are the same thing.  No.  And finally - and this is the most irritating one - they will call me, and unless I respond within 5 minutes via email giving them confirmation of my rate, they will call and hound me until I do - and then I never hear from them again.

I am so tired of it.  I have to wonder if the hiring companies experience the same pain working with these recruiters. 

I just need to find a nice, steady job where I can shine.  100 dead-end calls a week is not what I signed up for.