So first blog post about recruitment today and what got me thinking was initially a email that I recieved in my work email inbox on Tuesday, which had been forwarded to me by a colleague in the office. I have included the email below, however taken out the consultants name and email as well as the Candidate in question:
See Xxx if I do not get any benefit of getting a job from I would not want
to give you any reference so that you can add more clients and thereby earn
any commssion from us. You forget you are poor and hav no decent
qaulifications Educated people like us have a right to use people like you
for fulfillment of our career aspirations we need to expoit and use people
like you an use you like toilet paper and take out maximum benefits from
brokers like your self. You are meant to be used for people like us to t an
m mnyt and fulfill out dreams So Xxx Xxxx(Ms Toilet Paper) do not ty an
act smat and ty and take out client rreference to imrpove your client
On 1/22/10, wrote:
It is nice to get an email after 3 days of our conversation.
When you short list me for the interview and confirm the date time and
place for the inteview I will send you the details.
See I am here to earn money to fulfill my dreams not for you to earn
commission or for you to improve your client database .
On 1/22/10, firstname.lastname@example.org>
Just wondering if you had the chance to get Mr Ravikant’s contact
details for your referee??
This email really caught me off guard and actually angered me quite a bit as well, while the consultant doesnt work for Vantage I dont think anyone should have to be spoken to like this. After the initial shock, I am wondering how aware candidates are about how emails like this effect their profile within Recruitment Companies. Greg Savage wrote a excellent blog post about what you write online is your personal brand which I will admit I have been guilty of before and learnt my lesson.
However what does the candidate think he is going to gain from responding to the consultant in this manner? Apart from the fact that he has been incredibly rude it dosnt help him or His personal branding what so ever, I have no doubt that it won’t be only me that has seen this email and the vast majority of people will have formed a negative opinion about this candidate be it within the Sydney recruitment market place and further a field.
In this day and age when hundreds of poeple are only a mouse click away with a send button, action’s such as this are not only long lasting but also leave lasting impressions and you have to wonder how this is going to effect this persons opportunities to secure a role using a recruitment company in the future.
Perhaps it is time for not only recruiters to take their personal branding online seriously but also candidates as well.