Picking flaws with recruitment agencies is something of a shooting-fish-in-a-barrel process at the best of times, but since the financial climate has become cloudier it seems that desperation has begun to set in.
I never, ever, ever - and I mean ever - deal with an agency that sends me an unsolicited CV. It’s rude, it’s unprofessional and it betrays a certain lack of competence on the part of the candidate if they’re allowing themselves to be represented by an agency that pulls stunts like this. Sending out teasers isn’t quite as egregious as attaching full CVs, but it’s still not cricket as far as I’m concerned - especially if I’ve told the agency “stop doing this” in the past.
So today’s unsolicited broadcast from
Here’s the email, with names removed to spare too much public embarrassment, although I was sorely tempted to hold the firm concerned up to public ridicule.
Subject: Do you need a female in your IT team? > >
**HERE COME THE GIRLS!!!**
Too much testosterone in your IT department?
Too much talk of football and cars?
Do you think a woman’s touch is need on your helpdesk?
Right now I am in the very exciting position of having not 1, but 2 female
IT Support Engineers looking for work > >
4 years experience working for 2 separate companies. She has experience of
1st & 2nd line support for up to 250 staff, logging over 35 calls a day with a 70%
first time fix rate.
experience so is looking for a firm that can improve her IT skill set as well as offering
her career progression.
a small helpdesk team. She has supported a wide range of Microsoft networks
and products dealing with everything from MS office support in a legal firm
to hardware support in a marketing company.
days notice and is looking for around £27k > >
Both of these career women are keen to move so if you want to know more about either
snapped up. Just think to yourself “How often do experienced MCSE qualified female
IT support Engineers come on the market?” > >
Please call or email me to find out more about
or or to discuss
any other IT related roles you may be struggling to fill. > >
Remember, I spend 10 hours a day, 5 days a week speaking to and recruiting
for IT professionals in London. I have candidates from all walks of life an
d for all situations > >
We specialise in roles including PC/Network Support, Software and Web Development
and Design and Senior Appointments, both on a contract and permanent
basis. To find out more about
discuss your current IT requirements and how we can help you, please contact me on
I wish the two women well in finding new work, but I can’t help but think they’d be better off with another agency.