After the break is my response to an unsolicited email I received about a potential job posting. While yes, I am in the market for a job, I like to know where these jobs are coming from, and why I may have been chosen for such positions. As you can see after the break, I ask these very questions, and more. This begs the question, was I being a dick?
From: Kenny Wells
To: Dianne Horton
Subject: Re: Kenton Wells, I have a possible job for you
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2011 01:09:49 -0400
I have a few questions for you before I submit any information to your website. Sorry if these questions sound skeptical or offensive, I just want to be careful of where my personal information gets published.
First question, where did you view my resume? I know I’ve sent my resume to several prospective employers and posted it in one place with limited public access, I would really like to know where you viewed it. Since your email was rather vague, I can only assume that you made a lucky guess figuring out that Kenny was a nickname for Kenton, rather than Kent, Kenneth, or Kendal.
Second, who is Jobbing Tree? Before today, I have never heard of you or your website. A quick Google search not a lot to go off of, other than related searches of “jobbing tree scam” and “jobbing tree online scam.” No one website was able to tell me definitively if you’re a legitimate business, or just some company trying to fleece me for money in my search for a new job/career.
Third, if you are legitimate, if you are looking out for me, why did you not state where you saw my resume and what the job you think is a good fit for me entails in your initial correspondence to me? This makes it very hard for me to take you seriously. If I don’t know where you saw my resume or what job I’d actually be applying for on your website. I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt and actually check the link you provided for me in your email. It gave me a not as vague description of the position you’re offering, but it is still rather generic for an office job. Who is this job for? What are the hours for the job? While compensation is based on experience, what kind of range can I expect? These are all questions I liked asked before someone gets my info.
Although, it seemed you already had my info, as the link auto filled out my personal information, which I find as an attack on my trust. The link was not encrypted, and while the ID for the link is a thirteen digit number, anyone could view my personal information, including my name, phone number, email address, and mailing address. This is an absurd business practice, and you and your company should feel ashamed that you should treat anyone like this. This information was filled in without my permission. How can I trust you if you give me absolutely no reason to trust you, as you don’t have the common decency to respect me and my privacy?
Now he’s my big, important question. How did you come to the conclusion that I’m looking for Admin/Clerical positions? I mean, I’m not saying it’s incorrect, as I am looking for this type of position, but my Resume does not clearly indicate this. I have three years of customer service / technical support, and seven years in the shipping industry. I’ll let you in on a little experience, I only put ten years onto the resume, I actually have another three more years in the shipping industry prior to my tech support job, so I have ten years of shipping experience.
While my last duties with said shipping company entailed some office work, I’d hardly call it experience in admin or clerical, which is why I don’t get a lot of call backs for said work. While I appreciate you for picking up on this work, I’d like to know what specifically clued you into admin or clerical work from my resume. If you can at least answer that, I can focus on that for possible cover letters in the future, and I’d be grateful for that, even if I don’t get the position you attempted to advertise for me.
I’m sorry if I come off as harsh or offensive, I just take shenanigans like this personally. I do not like my personal info posted anywhere unless I’m the one doing the posting. If I initiated contact by sending you my resume, then I partially apologize. Only partially because you should have referenced that email to me when you replied. I get too many scam replies as it is. If you’re legitimate, make yourself stand out, I don’t like checking my spam filters for legitimate emails, and right now, I’m thinking this should have been spam filtered.
Thank you for your time,
From: Dianne Horton
Sent: Saturday, August 06, 2011 9:51 AM
To: Kenton Wells
Subject: Kenton Wells, I have a possible job for you
Your resume indicates that you have experience in Admin and Clerical. Please review the details and optionally apply for the Admin and Clerical position.
Clerical Assistant – Admin and Clerical
Seeking full time clerical assistant to perform administrative tasks
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