This is a rant…you’ve been warned.
On January 6, 2017, I received a communication from a technical recruiter. He said there was a position that looked like a good fit for me based on my information posted online. He requested I update my resume to display certain aspects that sell my many years of experience by adding more accomplishments to give my resume more depth. I updated my resume as requested and sent it back, however, I did not receive any response.
On January 30, 2017, I received a call from the recruiter about a position with a local gaming company. I did a follow-up on January 31, 2017, with some additional information that I forgot to share during our call. I did not receive any response.
On April 5, 2017, I received another call from the recruiter about a different position with another gaming company. I wasn’t really excited about the position but figured it wouldn’t hurt to meet with the hiring manager in case there was some sliver of gold in the muck. I was asked by the recruiter to update my resume to convey more project management and infrastructure information. He sent me a follow-up email later, around 4:23 p.m. that afternoon with a very brief abstract from the job posting for me to use as a reference; I mean this shit was very vague. It is important to note that the follow-up email was sent in the form of a reply from my email to him on January 31, 2017.
I was annoyed because I made changes he requested two months ago with no feedback and now he wants me to work on it again for something completely different. I realize that recruiters are sales people with quotas and that’s all this was so, I didn’t change anything. The issue is the lack of professionalism and lack of timely follow-up.
On April 6, 2017, around 9:38 a.m., the recruiter emailed me wondering whether I updated my resume. I waited for two-hours, due to my meetings, before responding. I attached a resume that he had me update two months ago and told him to use it. This resume contained my project management accomplishments and skills. Needless to say, he wanted my resume to reflect what he requested yesterday so I responded, “No. I’m no longer interested in the position.” I felt pressured and I didn’t like it. He responded confused and I decided he could just choke on the silence.
I cannot work with unorganized non-professionals, I no longer have the tolerance. I need to stop filling roles because someone else thinks it’s a good thing. Often this nothing more than an exploitation of talent to achieve a personal objective. I get it, it’s a recruiter’s job to sell dreams cause they’re salespeople. However, I’m done being the “right fit” for the goals of others.