What Recruiters Say vs. What They Mean

May 15, 2015 at 12:20 PM by Rob Stevenson


Happy Friday, tireless scrutineers of the job market's top talent. Rather than deliver you another post about the importance of recruiting metrics or making your application process mobile friendly (zzzz), let's take a moment to collectively shake our heads at the regrettable scores of lazy corner cutters giving you a bad name out there on the front lines of the war for talent. I've seen, received, and responded to enough questionable recruitment messages to know their true meaning, and I've listed them all below. 


I’ve got a hot new opportunity → I've got a hot new opportunity for me to fill a job.


Would you be open to a brief conversation about your interests? → I’ve got MAD ulterior motives.


You have a chance to make a big difference early on → We need help setting up our printer.


Please let me know what would be a better time to reach out → One way. Or Another. I’m gonna find ya….


Even if you're not currently interested in looking into new opportunities, → LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU.


Your recent repo on GitHub caught my eye → I have no idea what it means but it seems legit.


If you, or anyone you know, would be interested → Please grant me access to your entire network.


We have no vacation policy → We have a NO VACATION policy.


All in good fun, Recruiters. I've met hundreds of you and the vast majority are hard working, thoughtful, and incredibly smart. Any more obvious ones I missed? Leave a comment or tweet @EnteloRob!

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