Warning: I am about to rant about a first-world problem.
It seems like just yesterday that Facebook was the bane of my existence.
It was not long ago that random people I barely knew requested my virtual friendship on that social networking site.
We have all been there and, boy, those were the days.
These days, I find myself in a different quagmire that countless other people in the tech world who have LinkedIn profiles face.
Just like the rest of you, I get countless messages, requests, and even phone calls about new job opportunities from external recruiters on LinkedIn. The positions range from part-time, entry-level openings to jobs that are way over my head. The one thing they have in common is that usually come from people who have not actually read my résumé.
In some ways, it is reassuring. The constant messages serve as a reminder that there is a strong market out there for my skill set and, should I be looking for a job, the demand certainly outweighs the supply.
In many ways, though, it is also frustrating.
Recruiters would track down my old work phone number and call my office. Some found my Google Voice number and contacted me through that. It was a bit intrusive to say the least.
I can live with that, though. I know that, in the long run, these people would be working just as hard to find me a job as they would to earn their own payday.
This week, I started work at a new job. (For the record, I did not find the job through an external recruiter).
Since Monday, I have received a handful of emails and phone calls from external recruiters who said that they saw that I just started a new job but suggested I should contact them about a new career opportunity regardless.
Does this not violate the tenants of common decency? Where do recruiters draw the line?
Not long ago, I deactivated my Facebook page and my personal Twitter account. If this keeps up, LinkedIn will be the next to go.