Resume “spamming”, or blasting your resume out to thousands of recruiters , is a practice that most good recruiters recommend against. For good reason, too. It smacks of “desperation” and is viewed most commonly as spam. But lately, some recruiters have been utilizing some very similar (and questionable) tactics as well.
I received an email in my inbox today that started out something like this:
I came across your name as I was doing research for a client of mine who is looking to hire. Based on a review of your resume, I believe you would be a good fit for a possible career opportunity and have listed below the job description for your review. Please contact me by sending me your current resume in Word format and a telephone number where I can reach you at your earliest convenience.
Job title: Entry-level Java Developer
Which line on the candidate’s resume would make a better candidate for a Java developer?
1) Directed staff of 75+ developers in a Java/Oracle environment
2) Over 8 years of experience with Java and Oracle.
If this were an isolated incident, it would be easy to dismiss. But I’m currently getting dozens of these each week. I suppose their thinking is that casting as wide of a net as possible is a good strategy. Historically, I’ve only seen this type of inquiry from contingency-based recruiters with mostly line-level roles, although lately, I’m getting some from certain people proclaiming to be on the retained/executive side of the business (which I highly doubt).
Irrespective of this, as is the case with the recruiter’s time, the candidate’s time is valuable as well, and recruiters should keep this in mind. Most do, in fact. Most recruiters are good, decent, honest folks, who really are trying to make good fits. However, it appears that a fringe minority is doing a reasonably adept job at tainting the profession.