It seems everyone knows what’s happening at Cisco and other companies. Recruiters contacting not only to offer position for which a resume speaks but rather they show all kinds of title and asking if one can elaborate on them. Once they find that’s not what the exact words that the requirement is spelled, they put forth another position and so on.
At the end they say, tell what position will you be able to work and justify so that I can refer to you for that position as I have so many requirements from so many different companies – BTW your resume is awesome! LOL!!!
I have to admit that a recruiter’s call this morning tempted me to write this post.
I want to call out very clearly “I hate those desi’s (country folks – Indians call themselves Desi), who call themselves that they are NOT DESI’s” – I am sorry but no prejudice against anything. This is what happened:
A call comes in and the candidate answers the call and the Caller without introducing himself, straight jumps into: Am I speaking to so and so…?
Candidate: Yes, this is she. Who’s this?
Caller: I got your resume from Johnny and Jack and they are my very close friends so I just thought to call you and talk to you. Usually I don’t do this but it’s for my friends Johnny and Jack’s sake.
Candidate: BTW who is Johnny and Jack?
Caller: Oh! Didn’t they contact you with a position?
Candidate: Can you name the company so that I can check where they have contacted me, as I have been lately contacted by many recruiters.
Caller: Sure! And he gives the name of the company and candidate finds that someone had emailed them about a position from that company.
Candidate: Oh yes, now I know.
Caller: BTW where are you from?
Caller: Yes I thought so…as I am a Maharashtrian and from ABC. We are a big company and we are not like desi (country) company ( and in the background a lady comes and speaks in Hindi – “wahan koi kuch bechne ke liye aaya hai. Kya boloon oose?” (there’s someone at the door to sell something what should I say?)
Caller asks the candidate to hold for a minute, and he speaks to the lady (Hindi mein kyun? (Why in Hindi?) Can’t you say in English?) and then he says– sorry about that.
So, I was saying that we are a big company with thousands of employees all over the world. Basically we are an Israeli company you see, we are not like desis (country) ….lol!!!
“If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag.”
Then, he says: I see you’re working at ZZZ. Actually I know one level down from CEO with whom I work.
This one was so irritating that candidate asked him: BTW what’s your name?
Caller: I am so n so…you see my last name is same as the VP of ZZZ so you can imagine what level of relationship I have!?! So even if you have a job in hand for any company you can use us as a vendor to get in!!!
The candidate and I kept wondering what should one say about that one? If every person who has a Gandhi as his last name can say that he is related to Mahatma Gandhi? If every other person’s last name is Chambers can he be a relative of John Chambers?
Even if they are – how can they offer a job if it’s not even listed out there?
Was that a marketing call ???
“Originality is…a by-product of sincerity.” ~ Marianne Moore
PS: No offense to Recruiters, it’s just one of the kind experience shared here.