Dear Recruiters on LinkedIn,
Thanks for messaging me at least twice a week asking me to work for your company. It’s exhilarating to get these e-mails, as they make me feel wanted, like a prized turkey on Thanksgiving. The compliments you throw at me about how great my resume and experience look makes my ego grow a larger size.
But then I read more into your e-mail. I see that the position your offering looks interesting, but it’s clearly not in the area that I live or would commute to. For me to commute to a job in NYC, I’d need to be paid a few thousand dollars more to break even for the travel expenses and time lost during that 1.5 hour commute. Oh, you’re not willing to do that for me? Oh, you commute 1.5 hours each way and say it’s normal? Well guess what- I don’t want to.
Then after I graciously thank you but tell you I’m not interested (I love my boss and coworkers currently, so you’d really have to entice me to leave at this point in my life), you drop this bomb. “If you change your mind, please let me know. Can you send this to anyone else in your network who you think would be interested in the position? If you know of anyone, let me know.”
Really? You just buttered me up saying I’m a “perfect fit” for the job, and then when I say no you tell me to share it with everyone I know. I clearly must not be that special if you’re suggesting that. I get it- recruiters are just trying to fill the job. They get paid if they fill it, regardless of who it is. When they hear a “no”, they will do anything to get a “yes”. But it’s a poor practice- it makes the person feel cheap.
Also, while we’re on the subject of recruiters, where the hell were you a year or two ago when I was desperately searching for a new job? Why do you always come into the picture at the worst of times, when I’m happy in my current job? Your timing is terrible.
Rachel (or as you better know me, this girl: www.linkedin.com/in/rachelmaleady/)