Shotguns (was: I'm furious...)

Subject: Shotguns (was: I'm furious...)
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:33:18 -0500

On Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:56:11 -0500, Daniel Friedman <daniel -dot- friedman42 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

I have to say, as someone who is relatively new to the industry (3 years in the same full time role), this thread has been extremely educational. Most importantly I've learned:
1. That you have to negotiate rates with the recruiter, not the client.
2. That the client pays the same rates no matter which candidate they hire (so if they hire someone who's too desperate to negotiate, the recruiter makes $$$).
3. Double submissions will get your resume binned.
4. Recruiting companies are just as sketchy as I imagined.

Has anyone ever had success using the "shotgun" recruiters who send out requests asking to place us into slots for which we are not qualified?

For instance, suppose your resume mentions that you once documented an API for C++ developers. Lo and behold, Clueless Recruitment, Ltd. wants to submit you for a C++ dev position requiring seven years of experience. They even include a personal-sounding letter that explains how impressed they are by your qualifications. Is there any reason not to put Clueless, Ltd on your spam list?
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