I don't know why she's so pissed off.
This was sent to me by email. It appears to be from a real person but she has asked me to withold her name and address.
Recently, my computer-based job was outsourced to Asia. I redid my resume and uploaded it to Monster and Yahoo HotJobs.
Within 24 hours, my cell phone was ringing off the hook with "This is Janie at Stupid Staffing. You've got what our clients need as far as qualifications, and I have a great position open for you. Please call me ASAP.
I called Janie back, as she had stalked me with a voice mail, a cell phone mail, and an email begging for a call back.
We went over the basics and she invited me to come in THAT DAY for an interview, because it was "so urgent" (the position was going to go away in hurry and I was THE fit -- yeah right!)
So I "hurried" over to her agency in what I thought was a lunch hour. It turned into 3 hours as she introduced me to every, single, one of her coworkers.
I kept telling her I had to get back to work since my supervisor didn't know I was gone, but she kept saying there were "so many positions that will be filled within a week, so I just want to get your resume out as many places as possible."
And the Stupids set me up for interview, after interview, after interview, ad nauseum--I had no lunch hour for 4 days straight, sometimes 2 in a day.
Well, were any of these jobs REALLY filling up? No--they went something like this (This is NYC where there are like 1000 applicants per job slot.
Recruiters are supposed to give you an EDGE, not act like a human monster.com, which is what these people are):
Me: Sells myself pretty well, shows enthusiasm, has researched the company and shares what I know, has high computer scores, etc.
Human Resource Idiot: Well, thank you for coming in, we currently have a few positions open. We'll send your resume out and see who bites it, and I'll give [Stupid Staffing Rep who sent me there] a call.
You are our first "interviewee;" we still have several more weeks of first-round interviews before we decide the next step. Let me show you the door, but before I do that, you still need to fill out this 5-page application.
Me (to myself): What about the URGENT position?
Actually, the last (and classic) one went like this. I was sent by Stupid Staffing to this one job, which she specifically said was, "Executive Assistant to the Managing Director."
Me: I feel honored that my resume was selected as a possible assistant for Big Cheese.
Human Resource Idiot: Mm. Well, actually, the position is as a team assistant for some analysts. How do you feel about that?
Me (at the end of the interview): Thank you so much for your time. Can you give me an idea of time frame where I will hear either way about whether I'm called back?
Her: Mmm. Well, actually, the position you were sent in for is...mm, filled. But we'll keep your resume on file for an opening that...mmm, look it JUST opened today! We'll be in touch! Here's the door, after you fill out the application.
And it went on like this, until yesterday--my final "urgent" interview (at 6 pm). I left a message to follow up with Janie. No call back this time, or return email, or "second step"--I guess I fulfilled her quota for the week for calls and interviews (for nonexistent or "always open" positions).
Please keep in mind that I don't smell, I dress in a suit, I'm warm and friendly, and I do have experience, so I prefer to think it's not me turning off the HR people.
I believe there are genuinely no such slots available, and that recruiters either get a commission just for setting up interviews, or have to make their manager look like they are cold calling. They are NOT there to help.