A Note to Recruiters from Anthony Anthamatten
As a professional Software Developer, UI/UX Designer, and Solutions Architect with years of experience, I would like to offer the following advice to recruiters. This is not intended to be mean or impolite because that is not the kind of person I am. But I must set some rules and boundaries if you would like me to consider working with you
- Respect My Time – Please understand I get 10-20 emails a day about projects from recruiters. In my career I have spoken to thousands of recruiters and done hundreds of interviews. I will read emails and if it looks like a project I am interested in, I will reply and ask you for more information.
- Do Not Call Without Permission – I cannot tell you how much this annoys me having my day interrupted by a recruiter interrupting my day and half the time they didn’t even send the requisite prior to bugging me with a phone call. That is an instant blacklist with you and your organization. Break this rule and we are done at hello. Only my friends may call me without my permission.
- Do Not Flag Your Email Important – Unless something is burning down and you work for the fire department, don’t flag your email as important. There are more important things going on than your email.
- Do Not Ask For My Latest Resume – Another pet peeve of mine. First email from a recruiter and they are asking me to send them my latest resume. Use the one you’ve got. You apparently found me some way and since my resume is 10 pages long, one more project isn’t going to make any difference to the client when they see the amount of experience I’ve got and the top tier clients I’ve worked with. By the way, I would love to see your resume.
- No Personally Identifiable Information – I hold very high security clearances. I am not telling you the last four of my social, any part of my birthday or what planet I was born on. And those questions alone tell me you are going to enter my information in some portal and you don’t even know the client.
- Foreign Recruiters Prohibited – I am often asked if I am a U.S. Citizen. I am and if you are not, then do not bother contacting me. If you do not live in the United States I will not work with you. I don’t care if your company has some presence in the US, if you are in a call center in India, don’t bother.
- Bill Rate – Do not ask me what my expected bill rate is. You may present me with the top rate your client is offering and I will consider it.
- Corp-to-Corp or W-2 – I can work either way. My preference is W-2 so I do not have to deal with taxes at the end of the year.
- Remote Work Preferred – I have every kind of meeting software. I will not move to Toledo (no offense Toledo) or some other random place unless you buy me a house and have nice weather. I live in a city with good music, great sports, nice people, and cool restaurants.
- No Endless Interviews – Foreign recruiters are notorious for this. I spend too much time talking to them, then they want me to talk to their boss. No, you are the recruiter. You talk to your boss. I will talk to the client if you can get an interview scheduled.
- I Will Not Take Your Survey – Don’t ask me how many years of this or that. It is plainly stated on my resume if you do your homework. I am not doing your job for you. Remember, you are the one trying to make a dime of me.
- Do Not Ask Who I Am Talking To – A common question I am asked from recruiters is about any other people/projects I am considering. I do not reveal that information, especially to a recruiter I do not know. Worry about your project and see if you can get an interview scheduled with me and your client before somebody else books me. That is all you need to know.
- I Am Not A Prostitute – This statement is absolutely true and recruiters bristle when I say it but here is the analogy… I do all the work, the recruiter makes money off my efforts and talent, and the client pays. Am I far off in that comparison?
- Commissions – I want to know how much you are marking my rate up to the client. I have been beaten up on my bill rate by recruiting firms to find out later they had the audacity to mark my rate up as much as 100%. I do the hardest job. I’ve written software that saves children’s lives in cancer research. Tell me the rate you are pitching me to the client and how much you are paying me. I am good at math.
- Follow-Up – Imagine if I told a client I would do something and did not do it. How do you think that would go? Well guess what? It is one of the reasons I have no respect for recruiters because the list is a mile long of recruiters who tell me they will follow up and I never hear from them again. That is disrespectful to me, my talent and time that you did not follow-up as you said you would and tell me the status of a project, whether they filled the position, provide feedback or whatever. It’s unhelpful, rude and even a used car salesman will call you back.
- Be Nice – Whether it’s the janitor or a supermodel, celebrity, or CEO of the biggest company in the world, I am kind and respectful to all of them. I expect the same from you.
- Keeping Score – Having been a consultant since 1997, there is a reason you are required to fill out a form before I will send you a copy of my résumé. It allows me to keep track of who I have sent them to and make sure you follow directions. Failure to do so may get you and your organization banned from future consideration.
You Work for Me
Look at this from my perspective. I have spent decades perfecting my craft with unbelievable pressure to perform at the highest level for some of the most prestigious clients. I have never let them down and I will only work with recruiters who are as top shelf and professional at their job as I am at mine.
If you feel you can meet these expectations, then I look forward to speaking with you about a project you are working on.
My Final Word on Recruiters
You don’t know me. You do not have my career, my friends, or qualifications. Recruiters all say the same thing. You are not professional. You do not live in the city where the client is. You cannot walk in the door with me when I meet them. So what exactly what do you do? And why do you think you deserve to make a dime for finding my resume for the client? Much less for every hour I work? That is bullshit and no way in hell.
Do not start this engagement with some phone call I did not ask for. I have heard it 1,000 times and it gets old. And Indian recruiters are notorious for hanging up on me when I tell them I do not appreciate unsolicited phone calls and then they hang up. I will come to India and beat your ass. You and your organization will be permanently banned to contact me again if you do that. I keep notes.
I write great software and cool media, take care of my clients and I will not put up with some random recruiter trying to make a buck off me. Show me your resume and let’s see if I will agree to let you represent me.
Only top shelf agents represent me.