I posted my resume on Monster.com back in December when I was laid off. I got flooded by calls from various headhunters, but one occured last week that really put a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to headhunters. It went something like this:
Me : Hello? Him: Can I speak to Mr. Bradley? Me : Yes, that's me. Him: Hi, I'm xxxxx from yyyy and I saw your resume on monster.com. We have an embedded job that match your skill set. Does this sound interesting? Me : Sure. What is the product and what type of work is it? Him: It's an embedded Java job. Me : Oh, I don't know/do Java. Him: But it's an embedded job. Me : But you also said it's Java work. Him: Yes, but if you know embedded, you can do Java. Me : Um... no, Java is a lanaguage, embedded is completely different. Him: No, if you know embedded you know Java. Me : Trust me on this one - Java is a language they're using in an embedded system. I have plenty of embedded systems experience, just not doing anything with Java. Him: Then why did you say you did embedded work on your resume? Me : Because I've done 8051, ARM, AVR, PowerPC, and Intel based processor embedded designs in my history, including hardware and firmware. Him: So.... then you know Java. Me : No, I don't know Java. Java is a language. Java CAN be used in an embedded system, but more often it's straight C or assembly language instead. Him: You can't know embedded without knowing Java. Me : Are you actually serious? Him: Yes - Java is a prerequisite for embedded in this job. Me : Maybe for that job, but not generally - that's why I didn't list it on my resume! Him: But on your resume you shouldn't say you know embedded if you don't know Java. Me : (getting really irritated at this point) It's clear from my talking with you that you have NO CLUE what you're talking about, and I wouldn't consider working for you or any client stupid enough to hire you. Goodbye!
I've gotten other really bizzare calls, too - one who couldn't get it through her head that I didn't want to move 120 miles away no matter how many times I told her, nor matter how much she increaesd the pay.
This is my first experience with headhunters. Are they all this retarded?