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.
Thanks for doing the heavy lifting bro!ReplyDelete
I just got mail with "Your Resume - We'd like to schedule a meeting" subject line and exact same "PC9kaXY+PC9CT0RZPjwvSFRNTD4=". I smelled the spam but didn't like the looks of it either. No I don't have the time today to bother to see who sent it.
Be happy. Be positive. Or else, at least be productive.
Hi Greg! Sorry to be so late responding to this, but I've been off on vacation. Anyway:ReplyDelete
Re the heavy lifting, you're welcome. This is a nice little "release" for that frustration we all feel with those idiots (as one reader calls them, "vegetables that walk like men") pretending to be recruiters.
As for the sender of the spam you got: if the base64-encoded version ends with the exact same stuff, that means that the plaintext does too -- it's just encoding, not encryption. Since the last sentence says who sent it, especially at the end, it's clearly also Bankers.
Keep up the fight, and don't forget to take an occasional break from ridiculing the idiots to THANK the GOOD recruiters!
Hey thanks Dave Aronson for the good recruiter shoutout.ReplyDelete
I don't know if I came across this blog too late but I decided to take a turn and see how candidates are approached by other firms. I made a fake resume and sat back to an inbox full each morning with jobs that don't fit my (made up person's) skill set and names that were copied and pasted from other resumes. Lazy and sloppy. If you're curious, I'd love to swap some stories with you and get some insight from your experience.
A mini recruiter
Hi Molly! Sorry for taking so long to get back to you, but Blogger has apparently not been notifying me of comments for a couple years now. ARGH!ReplyDelete
Anyway, yes, I would love to swap stories. If you'd like to contribute any, that would be wonderful, and I can anonymize them if you like. In particular, if you have any "crazy candidate" stories, that could help lend this site some balance.