NEW YORK: A recent study confirmed there are three times as many recruiters on LinkedIn as there are regular users.
The white paper, published by the American National News Observation Yearly review (A.N.N.O.Y.), confirmed a common LinkedIn experience: recruiters who claim to have the perfect job, yet they never say what the job is, or where it exists.
Fred Tannery, an engineer who works for VTech Software, shared his experience with reporters. “It’s like being in a restaurant and I just ordered dinner. But this guy at another table says, hey… let’s go to this other place for dinner. But I don’t know him, he doesn’t mention the restaurant’s name or what food they serve. Yeah, like that’s helpful.”
The study found that the amount of time recruiters take to screen candidates is equal to the same time it takes to paste a redundant message and send it. According to mail logs, recruiters on average send the same message to five hundred people.
Bob Johnson, who also works for VTech, shared his experience with an anonymous LinkedIn recruiter. “He pinged me about a job at another company in my industry, but I started my job one month prior. I said no thanks but forgot to opt out of his LinkedIn request. Thirty other people in my department got the exact same email from him the next day. Douche move dude… douche move.”
The study also found that recruiters use compelling company names to elicit interest from LinkedIn users. Examples include Cutting-Edge Recruiters, Talent Star Associates, and Specific Professional Acquisition Managers (which also goes by the name, S.P.A.M.).
Details also confirm how recruiters are somehow always rated as five-star professionals: 90% of those five-star recommendations come from other recruiters.
“We advise recruiters to share details about available jobs that are actually useful. For example, the name of the company they are soliciting for, the pay range and what the job entails. That may require a little more intellect, but if they really try, recruiters may actually serve a purpose other than to annoy 90% of everyone they reach out to.”