Why I hate recruiters

Truth be told, I’m kind of in the job market. It’s a long story, and not really all that interesting, but the short version is that if the right job came along, I’d take it. However, I’m barely what I’d call an ‘active seeker.’ What this means is that I tend to take more recruiter calls than I normally would.

Last Friday (Halloween), my cell phone rings at 4:30. I don’t recognize the number, but decide to pick up anyways. I say “hello” and no response, so I hang up.

A minute later, my phone rings – same number again. I pick up, again say “hello” and hear a very garbled voice. I manage to make out “exciting opportunity” and what sounds like “pennsylvania”. Ummm, no. Not Pennsylvania, and you know what, it’s 4:30 on Halloween and I’m carving pumpkins and hanging out with my family. I say I’m not interested and hang up. That should be the end of the story.

Phone rings 3 more times – 5:56, 5:57 and 6:04. I finally block the number because this is ridiculous at this point and I don’t want to deal with it. Score one point for technology.

6:07, the following lands in my inbox.

Hi Neil Kelly,

We received your resume as a response to one of our advertisements on Monster.com for a Business Analyst full-time position with Cognizant Technology Solutions. The position is based in Boston, MA. If you are intrested to for an intresting career in Cognizant, Please do reply me with your updated resume with the Contact details and the best time to reach you.
Also please provide us with the following details:

· Are you currently in a project?

· Your work authorization (Visa Status)

· Current Salary & Expected Salary

· Willingness to relocate across states within US

· Time required joining us once the offer is rolled out

· Current Employer and Location

Please feel free to call me at 973-368-9700 (Extn:453722), for further details on the same.

About Cognizant:

We are a Fortune 500 company with over 165,000 employees globally and 8 billion dollars in revenue. We provide business solutions and technology consulting to global corporations, using some of the world’s most sophisticated and advanced technologies. You can learn more about us at www.cognizant.com or at any of the leading business websites.

Please provide a phone number and a convenient time when I can speak with you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks and Regards,

[logo] Monish George | Talent Acquisition Group (NA)
A Fortune 500, S & P 500 and NASDAQ 100 listed Company
Phone: 973-368-9700 Extn: 453722
E-Mail: monish.george@cognizant.com | www.cognizant.com

Okay, so clearly he’s not getting it. I said I wasn’t interested and he keeps hounding me. Now I’m pissed off. I write back around 9 that night.

Monish –

To be honest, even if I was interested in the position, I wouldn’t want you to represent me for it. To call someone, have them tell you they’re not interested, and then call four more times over the next hour? Unacceptable, unprofessional and amateurish.

Please delete my information from your system. Under no circumstances would I want you or anyone from your company representing me to potential employers. I’ll be sure to tell everyone about my experience as well.


I figure that will be the last of it. I was wrong. 6 minutes later, on a Friday night, I get this:

Hi Neil,

My sincere apologies for the same. I did call you twice on this no. to confirm with you on an alternate position based in MA. Since you told me you were looking for positions in MA. However, I did not hear from you post that. This is a board number and I am sure someone else would have tried to connect you on the same. Please do reply if you would be interested on this Opportunity in MA.

Thanks and Regards,

[logo] Monish George
Talent Acquisition Group (NA)
E-Mail: monish.george@cognizant.com

You have got to be kidding me! Ugh.

I thought about whether to post this, and whether to include the name of the recruiter and the company. Ultimately (and obviously, since you can read) I did. Clearly he doesn’t listen – I never said what I was looking for to him, and he clearly doesn’t understand ‘no’. And if someone hires Cognizant to represent them, they should know what kind of representation they were getting. I won’t be accepting any further calls from them, and I’m not interested in working with anyone that would want them as their representative.

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