It is my sad duty to report that after 20+ years I have yet to meet an agent that had a clue. While my personal perspective is not a lot of data to make a good judgement call... it does say a lot

The data that follows is from only a couple of weeks after I posted my resume to a collection of site. My resume states my skills, the technologies that I know and that I am only looking for a position within Nwe York City.

Here are some examples of what I have experienced just in the past few weeks.

  • Turned down a position, only to have the recruiter reply back telling me the location and rate. Obviously he did not even read my response.
  • Email address is "noreply@companyname" - This one made me laugh at it's stupidity.
  • Yelled at for not taking the interview for a position that I was not qualified.
  • Told to lie and fabricate items on resume.
  • Met with one agent who was proud to inform me that he had never owned a computer. Obviously tech recruiters do not need to know anything about computers, software, etc. /sarcasm
  • Have had multiple agents argue with me that C# ONLY means web development.
  • I have seen specifications that say; "Web Developer" without any mention of the technologies necessary for the position.
  • One of my favorites: "Please check your Spam folder to see if you got this"
  • Once had a recruiter, who had just placed me at my current job a few weeks prior, call and ask if I was looking for a new position. Really? Do agencies EVER use a database or keep notes? Seems not.
  • A recrutier called and said; "I have a position, are you interested?" I guess that is all the information I need to make an informed choice.
  • (23) Calls after hours
  • (12) Obvious scams
  • Unqualified for position based on technology
    • (4) C++
    • (14) Java
    • (8) PHP
  • Unqualified for position
    • (27) Sales
    • (24) Insurance
    • (9) QA / Tester
    • Delivery Driver (Amazon, really?)
    • Applebees
    • Investment Assistant
    • Customer Service
    • International Mobility Administrator (Rather sure this too is a scam)
    • Receptionist (Really?)
    • Graphic Designer
    • Project Manager (ok, I have done some of this… however it's not on my resume)
  • Outside NYC
    • (2) Omaha, NE
    • Hagerstown, MD
    • Atlanta, GA
    • Ontario, Canada
    • Boston, MA
    • (2) California
    • Chicago
    • (2) Colorado
    • Long Island, NY (and no, this is not NYC)
    • White Plains, NY (neither is this one)
    • Harrison, NY
    • Woodbury, NY
    • Schenectady, NY 
    • (2) Edgewood, NY
    • (2) Detroit, MI
    • Troy, MI
    • Milwaukee, WI
    • (10) New Jersey
    • Cleveland, OH
    • Columbus, OH
    • Texas
    • Washington, DC
    • Kirkland, WA
    • Renton, WA
    • Oak Brook, IL
    • Connecticut
    • Charlotte, NC

Again, this is data collected only in the past few weeks. I could spend all day talking about the bad, rude and just plain awful recruiters I have had deal with, which makes me worry about companies that use these agencies.

For additional "wtf" check out this subreddit: reddit.com/r/recruitinghell/