My short answer is absolutely!  If you are in the IT industry and you have a good skill set backed with years of good experience, then it’s likely you are getting contacted by a recruiter in some form or fashion.  Years ago, it was the occasional phone call or email, and today it seems to be open season and no holds barred when it comes to getting contacted by a recruiter.  I understand everyone has a job to do, and many recruiters have quotas and get financial bumps when they bring on so many new hires, but it has gotten out of control.  Without trying to come across as egotistical or narcissistic, I get roughly 5-6 recruiter emails per day, and honestly that’s probably much less than other people in my career field with the same if not more experience.  Does this happen to you?  Not only do I get emails, I also get phone calls now with lengthy voice mails.  However, the point where I feel like recruiters have crossed the line is when I start getting LinkedIn invites from people I’ve never met or even heard of wanting to connect with me, and even a step further, I’m getting text messages now!  Text messages!!!  What is going on?  Are recruiters so hard up that they’ve dropped their etiquette altogether?  Here’s an example of a LinkedIn invite, a text message and an email that I’ve received in the past few weeks that I feel like crossed the line.

“Hey Greg…”

Since when do you start a conversation with a potential employee by saying, “Hey Greg…”?  It’s an instant turn off.  On top of that, it came in a text message!  I’m not sure when it became acceptable to send text messages in order to recruit potential employees, but it’s here and I don’t like it.  Here’s how the text message went (names/places redacted):

Hey Greg, this is (name redacted) with (company name redacted).  I was just reaching out, I found your resume on (website name redacted) and thought you might be interested in a position I have for a Senior Virtualization Engineer which is a 5 year project in Northern Virginia.  I’d love to tell you more about the position if you could please give me a call back.  My phone number is (number redacted).  I’ll be free most of the afternoon and into the evening so feel free to give me a call at your convenience.  Thank you, Bye.

Sounds like a great position, and a decent recruiting pitch, but via text message?  Really?  I don’t like getting text messages for the most part as it is, but getting a long text message from a recruiter that I don’t even know, and addressed by saying “Hey Greg”.  This is not how to recruit potential employees.  What are your thoughts?

Checking in

Here is a an attempt at contacting me for a job through LinkedIn, which I understand to be a networking site, but not a recruiting site.  I know at LinkedIn, we post our virtual resumes, job experience, etc.  However, I don’t think it was meant to be a recruiter loitering spot.  I’d like to post a “No Loitering” sign in LinkedIn so that recruiters don’t use it as their personal recruiting database.  Anyways, here’s an example of a message I received on LinkedIn, again, names and places redacted.

Hi Greg!
I hope you are doing well! I wanted to check in with you and find out if you are open to exploring new opportunities at this time? Our partner company in (city redacted) is growing and currently looking to add a Systems Engineer to the team.

I’d love to speak with you more about your background and what might be of interest to you when pursing new opportunities as well as share more about the organization and the position mentioned above. You can reach me directly at (number redacted).
Look forward to catching up.
Best Regards,
(name redacted)

(name redacted)
Director of Placement Services

I think this is a much better approach than the text message, but I still don’t think it’s right to scan LinkedIn looking for keyword matches for your postings.  LinkedIn should be all about “I will reach out to you if I’m looking” and not the other way around.

 

An email, or a novel?

Ok, let me apologize in advance for this NOVEL of an email that was sent to me from a recruiter that has obviously just copied and pasted the posting and just added my name.  Completely impersonal and REALLY long.

Hello Gregory,

My name is (company redacted) and I am a recruiter from (company redacted). I came across your resume on Job board and would like to discuss “Virtualization Engineer” role with our client in (location redacted) . Please find below the required skills details. If you want to know more about the job description and if you feel interested in this role, please call me on (number redacted) or respond on this email. Also attach a copy of your resume in response to this email.

 

Job Title: Virtualization Engineer

Location: (location redacted)

Duration: Full Time Role

 

Description:

Client is looking to hire Virtualization and Senior Virtualization Engineers to augment an existing team on site at (location redacted).  Team will be responsible for the management of the existing infrastructure and to provide a continually improving, robust, Enterprise Testing Infrastructure.

Job Duties:

  • Architect and implement virtualization solutions
  • Ensure the environment is up and running with ongoing support and maintenance
  • Troubleshoot and resolve errors and issues as they arise.
  • Configure and monitor and storage area networks to allow communication to the virtual infrastructure.
  • Reduce complex issues to practical recommended options.
  • Provide training and mentorship to the on site engineering team.
  • Act as the project technical lead for virtualization integration projects.
  • Work with client to determine their functional needs.
  • Translate client needs into hardware/software requirements for existing or new virtualization environments.
  • Provide Tier IV support escalation as needed.
  • Review and document the functionality of existing environments while proposing enhancements or upgrades that could benefit clients.
  • Communicate regularly to project managers regarding project activities and status.
  • Create test plans, installation guides, technical specifications, white papers and best practice documentation as required.
  • Responsible for supporting multiple projects at once within the lab. 
  • Support the Application Development team who is working on multiple new projects for the client. 
  • Provide the development staff virtualized servers using VMware. 
  • Research and track new technologies that would benefit the Lab.

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in defining, isolating, and resolving technical problems.
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business or other analytical/logical/quantitative disciplines.
  • Extensive experience with VMware technologies
  • Experience providing senior-level engineering support and subject matter expertise, including Tier IV support
  • Large enterprise environment experience
  • Proven ability to design and implement complex information systems and the ability to explain complex issues to others in a manner that facilitates informed decision-making.
  • Extensive experience working with virtualization and cloud technologies, including: VMware, Azure, AWS.
  • Experience designing, managing, monitoring, scaling, and implementing large enterprise level virtualization environments spanning multiple data centers and geographical regions.
  • Experience with Microsoft Active Directory and Windows 2012/2016 Server
  • Knowledge of data center design and infrastructure.
  • Familiarity with SAN storage (EMC, NetApp, Hitachi, Pure Storage)
  • Knowledge of storage technologies (NFS and iSCSI SAN).
  • Strong ability to multi-task and work independently.
  • Extensive experience working with clients to capture/document requirements
  • Experience with various systems administration tasks such as: user account management, file transfers, VM creation, cable and equipment management, documentation, etc.
  • Knowledge of VB and PowerShell scripting as it pertains to automation, troubleshooting, and information gathering.

Thanks & Regards

(name redacted), Technical Recruiter, (company name redacted)

Ok, again, sorry for the novel, but really.  The English is terrible and there is just so much to scour through, I would really have to sit down and read it line for line to ensure it works for me or not.  I’m lost two lines in!

 

Don’t Try So Hard

I don’t write this to trash recruiters, they have their jobs and I am thankful for them because I’ve benefited from being contacted by a recruiter in the past.  What I don’t like is the desperate plea, the promise of a really crappy bonus for referring someone and the aggressive text messages, emails and phone calls.  Don’t bother me on LinkedIn, or any social networking website that I’m on. I redacted all of the company names and recruiter names or identifiers, not to because I’m trying to be private, only because I don’t believe it trashing someone online or being insulting… that’s not my angle with this post.

Just call me, be kind.  If I’m busy or on the other line, let me get back to what I’m doing without trying to reschedule something before I hang up.  Send a short and concise email with the job title and your contact info, and if I’m interested, chances are good I’ll call back or email back.  Maybe I’m way out of line here, and some of you think people are just trying to do their jobs, please let me know that.  Reply to my post and let me know what you think.  Recruiters, keep recruiting, just be aware of your approach and how it might be received.

 

Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of vDestination.com. He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

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