The specific email that triggered this post is as follows:
The lines being all the same length except for the last, and it ending in an equals sign, was a sign to me. So I decoded it. Long story short, exactly as I suspected, it was a spammy recruiter with an utterly unsuitable "opportunity". To quote from it after stripping out all the HTML and CSS junk, including the approximately 1/3 of it that was commented out:
to: [me] date: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 2:28 AM subject: Your Resume - We'd like to schedule a meeting PEhUTUwgezk1NTI0NkUzLTY5MzMtNDgwZC1CMTQ2LTI0NjJDRTg2ODc2N309InRy dWUiIHtGOTJGNkFDQy01RTUwLTQ0ODItQkM2Mi05RDhERjYxRTVBMzJ9PSIxMSI+ [about 184 lines of such garbage snipped] ZXJzDQo8YnI+MTExIEUgV2Fja2VyIERyLg0KPGJyPkNoaWNhZ28sIElMIDYwNjAx PC9kaXY+PC9CT0RZPjwvSFRNTD4=
So... that's one more company never to do business with. Remember, folks, Give a damn -- DON'T SPAM! And if you must spam, at least don't screw it up and look like an idiot as well.
Hello After reviewing your resume on Monster, we'd like to invite you to apply for our sales management training program at Bankers Life and Casualty Company. We're recruiting both entry-level and experienced sales professionals with: - Proven leadership capabilities - Strong communication and interpersonal skills - Interest in joining the fast-growing baby boomer/senior insurance market - Drive for rapid advancement into an insurance sales management position - Desire to earn a six-figure salary with the freedom of an entrepreneurial lifestyle - Ambition, competitive mind-set and strong work ethic - Commitment to making a difference in people's lives everyday Established in 1879, Bankers is one of the only companies in the country devoted exclusively to the financial security needs of seniors. We offer a broad portfolio of health and life insurance and retirement savings products through our nationwide network of more than 160 branch offices. And with the Baby Boom generation approaching retirement, both our company and our industry are experiencing dramatic growth. If selected, you'll receive: - Unlimited income potential (associate managers earn $60K to $100K; top managers earn upwards of $200K) - Competitive commissions and compensation package - Opportunity to earn quarterly bonuses and exciting sales incentive trips - Formal training in our nationally-recognized Bankers Learning Network program - Access to Bankers' lead generation and sales technology programs - Freedom to be your own boss, but with the support of large corporation To learn more or schedule an appointment with a recruiter, please reply to this email or click the self-register link below: SELF REGISTER We look forward to meeting you! Field Recruiting Bankers Life and Casualty Click here to learn more about an exciting career with Bankers!
Too bad Banker's Life didn't include an 800 number or an email address for us to give them this sage advice.