I found it amusing when a senior .Net/C# developer colleague (let’s call him “Kumar”) in San Francisco showed me his cell phone the other day:

When a spammy recruiter calls Kumar, he knows it’s comin’!

Kumar named 19 of his contacts “Spam No. __” because they are annoying recruiters. He gives them a Spam number (“Spam 1,” Spam 2,” etc.) after they’ve called once and offered him an irrelevant job (see below).

Some candidates refer to this as a recruiter “blowing up” their phone.

Kumar says the source of the spammy recruiter calls was the submission of his resume with phone number on Dice.com.

Some stats on the recruiter phone calls he got:

• Highest number of calls in one day: 18
• Only 1 in 9 calls were quality jobs from good companies.
• The majority of calls were contract jobs or low-rate or located outside of San Francisco (even though his Dice resume indicated he wanted a full-time job only in San Francisco).

The least relevant job a recruiter called about, Kumar said, was for a systems analyst/business analyst position. Kumar adds:

“The person was completely clueless cuz if they’d actually seen and understood my resume, they would have realized I am a developer/engineer person and not a non-techie person!”


Rob Kelly

Co-Founder and CEO at Ongig
Ongig is the video job description platform that helps you attract the best talent faster. Ongig supercharges your job descriptions through video, images, and other media along with live chat, social sharing, and careers microsite creation. Early clients of Ongig include Yelp, GoDaddy, Verizon Digital and Autodesk.

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