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I think you're lucky to get a reply related to the position you actually applied for. As soon as my CV gets updated on any site I get bombarded with recruiters and usually end up chatting to 1 or 2 about positions not even related to what I orginally saw.
But the problem isn't always on the recruiter's side. I'm my department's chief engineer and as such I see some of the resumes provided by applicants (submitted both directly and through a headhunter). In many cases the qualifications and experience cited bear little relevance to the skills required for the open position.
I'll add that my shop doesn't necessarily treat the mismatch as an automatic disqualification, but it certainly doesn't help the applicant. The same was true of my PPOE (in the 1960s) where the system programming manager was a med school dropout and the lead system programmer was an architect.
Ah you were talking to the manager, he was after real time training for his people. And if you think I am joking then I can assure you I'm not, it has happened to me except that was before skype and he wanted me to come in to the office to meet all his people.
I do recall this level of bullshit only seemed to happen in the UK, I don't think the Oz recruiters have the imagination, or maybe the gall to try this crap.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
Recruiters rarely have an atom of knowledge of the area they are working with. Their expertise is with HR. How can someone who doesn't know anything about developing software be able to sell an applicant to a potential employer? Their best shot is to follow their rules of thumb and talk with confidence to try to hide their ignorance.
P.S. I never use recruiters, or had you guessed that?
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Well, I value my time, and I agree it might be nice for your team to have a feel for who I am,
I do NOT see the need to get to know everyone on your team. Especially so many of them, and for
as long as you plan. Please get this down to a 15 - 20 minute meet and greet via skype, and I
would be glad to do it.
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