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Tech Recruiters, Don't be Stalkers

So the other day I had a first when an unsolicited tech recruiter obnoxiously harassed me. 

To preface this post, I'd like to state that in general I don't have issues with technical recruiters and the work that they do.  I've used them several times in the past to find jobs. And while there are certainly ones I like more than others, they do serve their purpose.

Talent is tight in Boston.  This town and the surrounding area is seeing a tech boom and while positions are plentiful, top talent is not.  I have first hand knowledge on this from a couple of viewpoints.  First of all, we have spent the past few months at MediaSilo looking for a good senior level UI developer.  We interviewed quite a few people and too often found they were lacking the skills we needed. The recruiters we employed had an equally tough time finding qualified candidates to send to us.

The other reason I know about the demand for talent, is the sheer number of emails and calls I get from recruiters on a near daily basis.  Sometimes we even joke at the office about who gets the most inquiries on average.  It can be annoying sometimes, but I understand that they are simply doing their job by both reaching out to people and by searching for referrals. I also understand that by having a public profile on LinkedIn I am inviting their advances to a certain extent.

Thankfully for the most part, the calls and emails have been respectful.  I typically don't respond, because I'm not looking and don't usually have the time to engage them. Sometimes they'll call a second time, or just follow up with an email. But two days ago I was approached by a guy who was a bit more persistent. Here's the timeline:

  • Tuesday afternoon - 4:50pm, 4:50pm, 4:51pm, 4:56pm - 4 calls back to back after each I did not answer.
  • Wednesday Morning - 9:53am, 9:58am, 9:59am - 3 more back to back calls, unanswered.
  • Wednesday Morning - 10:33am - I accidentally started a call back while unlocking my phone, which was immediately terminated
  • Wednesday Morning - 10:35am, 10:35am, 10:36am - 3 more back to back calls, I didn't answer (Stupid, I know)
  • Wednesday Morning - 10:37am - Finally I answered

So I finally had enough, and answered the call.  "Hey, I'm sorry about all the calls. I just really wanted to get in touch with you". Yeah, no shit.  He then continued with typically rhetoric "Are you looking?", "No, I'm set", "Well let me ask you a question, do you get a lot of calls from recruiters?". Wow, this guy is really giving me the third degree sales pitch.  Did Comcast open a recruiting branch?

It then continued on with, "Well let me ask you this, what is it you like so much about MediaSilo?".  And "If you were to lose your job tomorrow, wouldn't you like to have a relationship established with a Boston area recruiter?".  This went on for some time and there was some other crap as well. I tried to be patient and polite, but he wasn't taking no for an answer.  I finally had to said thanks, but no thanks and hang up on him.

I fully expect a follow up call or seven at a later on. Surely he wouldn't give up so easily right?

So yes, recruiters, I do heart you and your services. You've helped on numerous occasions. But please, don't call me, I'll call you. K? Thanks.

A Couple of My New Pet Web Projects

Over the past few weeks, on the side I've been working on a couple of new pet projects.  They aren't 100% done yet, but they are close enough to start showing off! Several months ago a few friends and I connected on a deeper level over pretty much the tastiest sandwich ever - The Burger.  Since then we decided to make a club out of it, trying a new burger joint every month or so.  Our group has grown and thusly we decided it deserves a website.  So the Boston Burger Bitches was born.  http://www.bostonburgerbitches.com

The other project is something I had hoped to do for a long time.  Thankfully I finally got around to putting it together.  Originally this was intended to be a web application that allowed you to manage you collections and trade online.  But after some careful thought, I settled on more of a toy and game oriented news and review website.  A place where I could share my love of modern and vintage toys.  So a couple of weeks ago, I launched Collctr.  In addition to being a product of my passion, the site is a bit of an experiment in optimizing a blog/news types site for both user and search engine performance in the long run.  http://www.collctr.com

Site of the Day at Awwwards.com

Since starting with BEAM Interactive in Boston a couple of months ago I have been extremely busy building a couple of new sites for Saucony. One of them is an ongoing user-generated content inspiration project with weekly prizes entitled the "Find Your Strong Project".  You can check that out at http://www.saucony.com/strong. The other site I built is a sneak peek at Saucony's new Kinvara 3 shoe hitting stores next month.  It's an interactive experience showcasing the features of this awesome new shoe as it is put together component by component.  Our project was submitted to the website awards site, Awwwards.com, where it won "Site of the Day" honors for April 16, 2012.  Big props to Tom Kershaw and Gary Pikovsky for the fantastic design and thanks to all the other great people at BEAM who worked hard to make this site happen.

View the Site: http://community.saucony.com/kinvara3/

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