Recruiters, get a clue
Update: Had another call from a recruiter yesterday. It was night and day difference! He was very professional, knew what he was going to say, and even though I turned him down he asked.....let me say that again, HE ASKED....if it would be alright to contact me again in the future. I do not think I have ever had a recruiter ask that before. Normally they just call again in 3 months unless I tell them not to contact me again. So I guess there are good recruiters out there as well as bad ones. Of course he did ask the obligatory, "...if you are not interested do you know anyone who is?". I would really love to hear from a recruiter to see if that question ever worked.
reality check. If you are making the cold call to a person guess who is most likely going to be the first person from your company you are going to talk to? That's right. YOU! Act professionally!
I had a recruiter call me yesterday (on my work phone no less) from, shall we say, a rather large consulting organization. Even if I was looking for another job, which I am not (if there is anyone from my current company reading this . If someone from Microsoft SharePoint development is reading this I can be reached at...... ) I would not even consider going to this company based on the recruiter alone. This man was the most unprofessional person I have ever spoken with (and I was around during the dot-com days when I would get 10 recruiter calls a week). Not only could he not put 2 words together without adding an "Umm" in between he seemed to actually be upset I would not consider going to his company. When I said I was not looking for another job he actually said "Do you know who ..... is?". Oh wait, now I want to work for you!
Here is a wake up call for recruiters. Not everyone wants to work for a big company. I like the fact that I know everyone in my company....or at least I thought I did until I went to the last Holiday party! Guess we are growing. In any case, I know I can pick up the phone and call the president of the company if I had an issue. Cannot do that with a lot of consulting companies I know of. Heck, cannot do that with a lot companies period!
So to summarize:
Act professionally. If you need to, reherse what you are going to say. Believe it or not a person's view of your company may very well be swayed by you.
If the person is not interested do not take it as a personal insult. As I said, some people just do not want to work for large companies.
Above all, stop calling my work number! You have no idea where I am or what I can say.
Oh yeah, if you want the person to call you back, leave a phone number. My work phone gets forwarded so I have no idea what number you are calling me from.