IT professionals are in high demand and everybody want’s to join the gravy train. Recruiters have noticed it and many have switched to finding only the candidates in the IT field. These IT recruiters are horrible. Here’s why.

With around 100 talks done in the past year with recruiters all over the world, I’d say I have some nice pool of data to compare. Most of them were speaking good or great English but some were speaking it really badly. How they got the job that demands to speak in English people all around the world is a mystery.

Most of them (at least 70% – 80%) have no idea what they are talking about. They couldn’t differentiate between a programming language, tool, and a pokemon. It’s quite funny when you ask them what version of “Bulbasaur” is the company using and they respond with “the latest one”

Most of them treat you literally like numbers and they just wanna go through as much as people as possible. They take no time to even look at your CV, your interests and technologies you are working on. A lot of times they will demand that you fill out some documents with some basic information they can find in your CV. For example, how many years of experience you have with microservices, Java, Kotlin, JavaScript, Docker, etc… A simple answer like “You can find all the information in my CV” is more than enough time you should spend on recruiters like this.
Since they don’t treat you like a human being and with no respect, there is no reason you should treat them otherwise.

Not all of them are bad. I actually talked with some nice people (3-4 of them) who made me feel like a human being. They invested a few minutes during each call to talk about how I’m doing, the weather, how was the weekend, etc. You know, small talk. It’s nothing special, it’s not a big-time investment of their time but it makes you feel like a human.

I think the worst experience was with 2 companies from India. One was looking for developers for a position in London and the other one was in Croatia. Let’s make one thing clear, I don’t have anything against any nation, and I’ve met some cool people from India. Disclaimer aside, those two companies were amazingly horrible. They were the ones reaching out to me over LinkedIn. I’ve sent them my CV, and later they called. They didn’t even open my CV at all. Then they would ask me all the stuff they could have easily read from my CV. But noooo, they need to follow some sort of stupid pattern so they can process as many people as possible per hour.

Dear recruiters… developers are usually not-stupid people. We can easily pick up that we’re just a number to you and we don’t like it. If you wanna be a recruiter in the IT industry you need to understand the market. Regular rules that normally apply for most of the other industries don’t apply for developers. You need to understand the difference between Java and JavaScript. You need to understand the difference between Python and King Kobra snake. You need to understand the difference between Docker and a blue whale slowly traveling across the world.
We understand you earn a huge amount on the commission when you manage to find someone who gets’s hider though you. However, in this case, please favor quality instead of quantity.

You’re doing it wrong and you need to stop. Stop doing “quantity over quality”.

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