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I would like to respond and politely decline, but it's getting out of control! I have enough of my own email to return!
Is it possible that it is coming from posts that I have made in forums at about.com? The job apps are coming to the same email address that I use to post at about.com but they are addressed to my whole name, which they could have gotten from my profile there I guess.
One way to find out is to change my address there I guess ;-)
Anyone else being spammed by job seekers?
How do you all handle these emails?
If they are using an automated package to harvest & bulk mail then there are several things you can do - the most foolproof is to set up a contact form as then your email address is never exposed and so can't be scraped.
Alternately you could mung your address but still leave it standards compliant (ie swap characters for entity codes) which means that real browsers (including things like Lynx) can understand what you have done enabling real people to contact you, but at the same time 90% of the email scraping bots don't understand what you have done meaning they can't harvest your address.
I was one of those searching for a job(a long time ago) and I treat them all with respect and consideration, as I would have expected.
I'd also like to treat them with respect...not that I ever get respect when looking for a job *grin* I don't even get PFO letters anymore!
I haven't figured out where they are getting my info from as they have my first and last name...and this is not posted on the site. I checked my profile here, and at about... I was wrong about the job seekers coming from about - my info is not there either. I am pretty sure all these people are not doing a whois *grin*
Maybe I should put a mandatory statement on my website that they have to identify where they found me *grin*
I think most of the people looking for jobs with my org (and they are not all SERP) are local to my province (Ontario). One person had an email address from the domain fastcareer.net - I can't find any mention of my site there but I am wondering if there are companies that provide (sell) this information to job seekers.
I'll have to get going on that Outlook template with links to Workopolis, etc. Thanks for the suggestions!
I also try to reply if they are genuine. I've set up a templeate which I might customise a bit if appropriate. I guess the alternative is setup an hr@ email with an autoresponder.
Nick_W: I swear I am getting the same email It comes quite regularly and details their "ethical" process. :o
joined:Nov 11, 2000
It's a terrible job market right now, so it's hard to be very encouraging, but occasionally I get responses that my suggestions have helped... and over the years I've run into people who remember kindnesses. There's a saying in the film business that "what goes around comes around," and I think it's true about life in general.
That said, there are a lot of emails that I just have to ignore. It's not possible to answer them all.
I was pleased I replied. I guess it's always good to walk in someone else's shoes once in a while.