I've never met you, And you are crazy, You have my number, Stop calling it, maybe?— Securitay (@SwiftOnSecurity) January 2, 2015
Ah, recruiters and their phone calls. You start the search with a quick email blast to anyone that matches a keyword, and then hit the phones. It's efficient, and you are seen to be doing lots of stuff towards filling that role.
Geeks don't like it. Let me count the ways:
- It crashes us out of the Zone - if we are deep in concentration, we can lose hours of concentration. I'll talk more about Flow and 'The Zone' in another post.
- We need to know who you are, and what the job is about. If we care anything about the role you've offered, follow it up quickly with the details - of the job, and you - by email. Even better - just email me those details first up, and we can check them when we want to.
- Most of the time - we're at work, and we are perfectly happy there. We don't want the calls - we're not looking for a new job, or contract. We'll let you know if we are.
- There's another reason to prefer an email up-front with some minimal amount of details - it's ignorable. It's also mark-as-spam-able. Either way, we can deal with it quickly and then get rid of it, if we aren't looking. If we are - we can get back to you, maybe in a few hours, maybe overnight.
... Do you like getting phone calls from recruiters? Yes or No? Get them often? ...— Alister
[...] not as much as I enjoy punching myself in the knob— ben
Well, that's pretty definitive! Also quite a popular opinion :)
[...] nope, I prefer twitter and slack— Arran
[...] no to liking yes get loads. Especially from 1 guy that keeps calling at least once a week.— Piers