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I notice Peroni covers the ground between the recruiter and the employer (and for that, thank you); but is very quiet about what's going on between the recruiter and the target. I'm disappointed by this, because it affects actual developers in a very negative way. The constant unsolicited intrusions despite requests not to are annoying.

And there seems to be no way out other than delete everything on the web that makes any sort of statement that I am a developer with skills in {KEYWORD1}.

I currently have no desk-phone in my current role. This is deliberate. I do not want to be cold-called by recruiters. And yet, that doesn't work. They continue to wheedle their way through our receptionist ("being discreet") trying to get hold of me. Including one fishing for more information by pretending to have a package addressed to me that needs to be delivered at a specific unspecified time.

This continual harrassment is the same as spam. Unsolicited commercial approach that only benefits the sender. And so in my eyes, these recruiters are no better than spammers. Just more annoying because they don't limit themselves to email.

They are on par with the plethora of dodgy mobile phone renewal operators.




...but is very quiet about what's going on between the recruiter and the target.

When you say target, I assume you mean the candidate or potential employee? If so, I do reference how I think people such as yourself can help reduce the impact recruiters have on your day to day activity. Take a look at some of my previous posts.

And so in my eyes, these recruiters are no better than spammers. Just more annoying because they don't limit themselves to email.

That's an excellent comparison as that is exactly how we are generally viewed and rightly so. I've known recruiters to literally wait all day outside a companies building with a picture from linkedin in hand, waiting for a specific developer to walk out and approach them out of the blue on the street.


As a developer, I can't help but feel that this would be an ego boost and a really fun story! I know that's not what it's all about, just being honest. :)

It would NOT, however, increase my chances of working with that recruiter. It would probably diminish them because the recruiter would seem overbearing and desperate: neither traits I want in someone representing me to employers.


I have indeed deleted from my LinkedIn profile any reference to the relatively rare technology, at least in my country, I'm an expert in. This alone has reduced the number of recruiters trying to contact me from 1-2 per week to zero.




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