Noise Revisited

A while back I posted on Noise, with the idea that I’d touch on it every once in a while.  Here is my second post on NOISE.

I’m afraid there isn’t really any way around this particular noise issue – but anyone that has posted on Monster (or some other big job boards) knows the deal.  So I guess this isn’t as much a “don’t do this” as a “get ready for this noise”.

After I posted my resume on Monster (and six other job board – but the calls I got were all from Monster users) I started to get about 2 calls a week from “employers.”  These were unsolicited calls and were quite discouraging because I thought that I was having an awesome company call me.  At first I’d spend about 30 – 45 minutes in an “interview” with these guys as we talked about their companies, etc.

In the end they were all 100% commission opportunities that were basically about starting an insurance company or a direct sales organization.

Not what I was looking for.  And it takes the wind out of your sails.

I know this works out well for some people but it would be really cool if Monster allowed me to include in my profile “I am not interested in …”  As a job seeker there are few things as exciting as getting a call from an employer.  But after a while these calls became telemarketing – sounding like insurance salesman wanting me to switch over to them (during dinner, of course).

And… I’m an IT guy.  Why in the world is a call to my house better than sending me an e-mail from a company e-mail address??

I understand what they are doing – they are trying to build their own businesses.  But these calls were not what I was looking for. 

I know some folks *try* to avoid the “spam” by having a junk e-mail account, and that is what they use on their Monster accounts.

There you go.  Noise II.  Like I said, I don’t think you can avoid it, but just knowning about it might help you figure out how to deal with it. 

Noise III will be coming soon enough.  Unfortunately.

Disclaimer: I realize that many people should be looking at different opportunities, and maybe it is time for someone to make a career change and go this direction.  I’m just not one of them.

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