This one is for you, Terry Nelson of Staff IQ in Denver CO.
Hello Ian, It's been a little while since we spoke last. I have a company that is in a growth phase and would be interested in your background. The last resume you sent is probably not current, can you send me an updated version? I would love to see what you are doing now.
Liar, Liar, pants on fire
Okay, here’s the thing about recruiters: they’ll do whatever it takes to find a candidate for a job, including straight up lie in their introduction emails to make you think you’ve chatted before.
Perhaps Terry hasn’t read my blog before to know that I’m a digital packrat and keep every email, or that it takes mere seconds to search his name and company in my archive to know that Terry and I have never spoken.
His direct lies
It’s been a little while since we spoke last
No, we have never spoken. Had Terry ever spoken to me in the past, I would have told him straight away that I don’t work with third-party agency recruiters.
The last resume you send is probably not current
That’s because I’ve never sent you one, liar.
Oh, He’s also breaking the law
If I were to submit a resume, and get placed at a job, this transaction will benefit his company financially, making his email a business solicitation, which falls under federal CAN-SPAM laws. There are several requirements to CAN-SPAM laws, one of which is that all senders must include a means to opt-out of future mailings which must be honored within a mandated period of time.
So I decided to contact SalesForce, from where he sent me this piece of spam, and asked that his account be revoked at that their company practices be examined for CAN-SPAM compliance:
Do I have History with Staff IQ in Denver?
I got an Email from someone named “Steve Kang” back in June of 2015, who wrote his entire introduction to me in Comic Sans:
I promptly told him that Comic Sans was very unprofessional and that I don’t work with agencies:
Poor Steve was only at StaffIQ for 4 months and is on his second recruiter job since that role.
Turns out I somehow had a LinkedIn connection with someone named Charlotte Jensen at StaffIQ, which was quickly remedied today. I’m guessing she scraped my contact info for some internal database. I’ve had a handful of other connection requests over the years from others at their shop.