While I was living in Redwood City, I was job searching full-time and every now and then I would get a call from startup recruiters. These recruiters were filling positions that required significant experience so I was curious why I was being contacted. They all ended up with me being told I did not have the experience for the jobs. So then, why the hell was I being contacted when these recruiters could have looked at my resume? I had a resume on this website that anyone could look at and determine if I had the skills. Are most startup recruiters like this? Wasting their candidates’s and their own when they can simply look at a resume and determine success on their own?
The worst experience I had was with Impel in Palo Alto. I was contacted by a woman one Sunday afternoon and was told about an Angular position. I was sent this job description: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1o_qwMwLOQmazJuOXdGOXd3Vjg/view?usp=sharing. I was obviously not the person for the job and I let the Impel recruiter know that. She said it was okay and that if I demonstrated my determination and attitude to the CTO who would be interviewing me, I would be brought onsite to meet everyone. She told me she would talk with the CTO about myself and set up a time for a phone screening. I assumed everything would be all right. So I received a phone call from the CTO and we got to talking. Very quickly trouble reared its ugly head when the CTO could not find a second page to my resume. Sweet baby Judas, I did not expect that. I remember thinking “What the hell did the recruiter tell this man?”. Well, the situation was very embarrassing (for me at least). The phone call didn’t last too long and I didn’t expect to hear back.
I know there are bright people out there in the Bay Area but damn, some of the recruiters are screwing up. If you are someone who wants to break into the tech scene as a developer or designer or hell, if you are looking for someone to join your team, attend meetups and hackathons. Skip the recruiters and phone calls and meet people face to face. You’ll avoid the bullshit and you will thank yourself.