I still get asked a lot about my 'headhunter nightmares' blog posts, usually followed up with a question about whether I still hold a hatred for recruiters even after so many years.
It's a tough job and *somebody* has to do it, but they seriously need to be regulated to follow a core set of rules, like having a licensing authority over them who can yank a license for bad/shady practices.
Those who spend any time with me talking about finding a job in technology learn quickly that I *hate* third-party recruiting agencies, affectionately known as "headhunters."
If you've done any kind of web search for "recruiter nightmare" stories, you've probably been sent here. I've dealt with some real winners in the past. Everything from headhunters who don't bother reading a resume before calling, who can't spell and let automated spell checkers correct their mistakes, who straight up lie, who can't tell time, and who just waste my time.
So I started a series of articles about some of the recruiters I've dealt with in the past. In some, I meticulously detailed the conversations or have screenshots of Emails just so you can see the absurdity of what I went through. Sometimes I protect them by not sharing their names; other times, not so much.