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Whatever the recruiter's qualifications, abilities, or other obligations, it appears that neither Chris' nor the hiring company's interests are high on her list of priorities; if she is giving Chris the impression that he is a second-rate concern, then she will arguably (perhaps unwittingly) communicate the same thing to the hiring company.
"Hi There" would have been alright if it were, "Hi There, Chris". Just "Hi There" says, "I am spamming a gazillion people" and "you are not important enough for me to even bother typing out your name."
Personally, I value recruiters who will vet me thoroughly and then go to bat for me. That, is seems to me, is what they are paid for. I have worked with many recruiters and have had very good experiences, so I can't say that I would have much patience or respect for a recruiter that leaves me with the impression that I am just fodder.
From: techwr-l-bounces+lporrello=illumina -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lporrello=illumina -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Lynne Wright
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 1:24 PM
To: salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Recruiting dilemma
I don't think its fair for you to presume that just because the recruiter "appears" to be young, that she's no good at her job.
I personally wouldn't be put off by the "hi there", simply because I prefer a more human approach over the same old dry business clichés.
And she probably DOES have a ton of emails and is juggling a lot of different applicants for various jobs and may need a few more days to get back to you, so its also not fair to question her competence based on what she said during the phone call.
Also, for all you know, if you apply directly through the company's website, they may forward all applications to the recruiter anyway.
When's the deadline for applying? Can you wait a few days? Then if she hasn't gotten back to you, out of professional courtesy call or send her an email saying that you appreciate her contacting you (and tactfully put this info in the Subject line, so she'll see it without having to open the email); but you're really interested in the job and would like to move ahead on it, so you're going to submit your application through the website. If she gets back to you anyway, you know she's on the job; if not, your application is in anyway.
From: techwr-l-bounces+lynne -dot- wright=tiburoninc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lynne -dot- wright=tiburoninc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Chris Morton
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:09 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Recruiting dilemma
Having been with my present employer 4-1/2 years, I'm a senior techwriter who received an unsolicited email from a young recruiter last Friday. The salutation read, *"Hi there..."*. Having been jerked around by too many of these types over the course of my career, I was initially put off by this impersonal/unprofessional approach but decided to reply. It turns out that the job *is* of interest for these reasons: salary, location and security.
I can guess that the health insurance coverage is better, too. The employer is a major player in this state.
Over the weekend I invested several hours customizing my resume and drafting a purposeful (T-form) cover letter. Along with a third doc representing professional endorsements that relate to the open position, these I sent to the recruiter on Sunday afternoon. I then phoned her yesterday morning and, when inquiring about receipt confirmation, was told, "Oh.... I have a ton of emails and haven't gotten to yours yet." I also had to remind her who I was and the position for which she had initially solicited *me* (no big deal here, although I could just envision her being more concerned about the length of her nails than about my inquiry.) In viewing her LinkedIn profile, it's clear that this gal is very young; I'm guessing that her recruiting career aspirations don't command her attention weekdays.
This morning I went to the website of the hiring party and saw that the position is advertised there, along with a method to apply directly. I'm really tempted to try an end-run here, as I've not heard boo from the recruiter.
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