[Remember one of the first castle scenes from Monty Python and The Holy Grail? It's one of the inspirations for this post - watch it especially 1:57 in]
A recruiter who could care less what their quarry thinks about them? This brand of headhunter exists? You betcha!
Scott McKearney and Wojciech Zielinski, Moderators Manager for LinkedPHPers, the largest group of its kind on LinkedIn, are rip-roaring mad (as mad as a developer can get which when considering the Wikileaks supporters is pretty darn angry and vituperative): They’re deleting recruiters from the Group because these people simply won’t listen to their requests to post jobs in the Jobs section rather than directly in the Discussions.
Here’s the title of the Discussion thread that’s getting:
WARNING RECRUITERS-DELETE, AND BLOCK IN FORCE
IF I FIND THAT YOU HAVE POSTED A JOB IN THE DISCUSSION SECTION YOU WILL BE DELETED AND BLOCKED FROM REJOINING THE GROUP. ASK THE FIVE I JUST DID THIS TO THIS MORNING.
See how mad they are? All caps. Makes me shiver.
One member is referring to recruiters posting in the discussion as “the plague” – that’s both funny and telling.
These people are serious: “Just a short info for people that still does not believe that me or Scott are really removing people that does not follow the rules – on the Blocked list we already have 163 members and counting…” And correct in their actions – there’s a Job section, can Linkedin make posting jobs to group any easier?
One recruiter even posted back:
“Sorry people, I post my jobs via ShareThis. There is no option for the jobs section. Ban me you want. I’ll continue to post my jobs to my PHP group at [deleted] – Join there if you wish. Have a nice day.”
Pretty stubborn and arrogant.
This recruiter is pretty much saying, “Well, if I can’t play here, I’ll just take my ball elsewhere. Nanny, nanny, poo-poo.” I say find a different app or for a group such as this one with a significant user base, post by hand for which I have to say, “why bite the hand that feeds you?”
Recruiters need to learn to respect the wishes of the people who might end up being candidates; saying FU isn’t the best way to win friends and influence people.
And we wonder where the negative feelings towards recruiters come from?