I wish I had a dollar for every e-mail Executive Recruiter Miriam Bell has sent informing me I’d be ideal
for ‘…one or more positions recently posted by our corporate clients in New York City.’
While I’m always flattered to be considered for any job, I’ve decided to stay away from the corporate side. As a result, I’ve politely responded to Ms. Bell’s entreaties with such brief rejoinders as:
– ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’
– ‘Not interested in corporate gigs, Miriam.’
– ‘Take me off your stupid distribution list.’
And, most recently:
– ‘Back off, already!’
And, yet, Miriam happily ignores my pleas and continues to send her spam my way. ‘Remove yourself from her list,’ you say? Oh, I have, I have. Many times, as a matter of fact.
But, like a deeply-rooted STD, Miriam and her e-mails just won’t go away. And, to rub salt in the wound, she always begins her salutations to me with ‘Hi Eric…’
I surrender, Miriam Bell, HR manager of careers-for-07.net. You’ve succeeded where so many others have failed (i.e. ‘With Clue,’ ‘Med supply executive,’ etc.). Your Chinese water torture approach to executive recruiting has worn me out. Bring on the ‘…one or more positions posted…" by your corporate clients.
If it means you’ll finally leave me alone, I’ll go on the damn interviews.
Alyson: great point. While I think the Wired editor was out of line for slamming 300 PR people in so public a manner, I do think it speaks to how each of us has to be careful of our “digital doings.” Miriam Bell crossed the line with Repman, but is none the worse for the wear. These publicists, however, are blacklisted from Wired and made to look foolish in front of their peers. Not good.
Apologies, here is the working link:
Repman, I thought you’d be interested in taking a look at a tactic Wired editor-in-chief and fellow blogger Chris Anderson is taking. In this case, PR people are his Miriam Bell and irrelevant, lazy pitches are the spam that are breaking this blogger’s back.
Taking matters into his own hands, Chris lists the emails of upwards of 100 PR people who have sent him unsolicited pitches, newsletters, marketing and other email junk. Fortunately, no one from our agency is listed, but I would hate to get on this guy’s bad side. Goes to show you that even if we don’t think reporters are reading our emails, they are paying attention to how and what we dump in their inboxes each day.
I’ll bite …
Here’s the solution Repman: (1)Get in your Waaahmbulance, go to any given Miriam engendered interview; (2) take with you a representative writing sample (I suggest that horribly written blog in which you ironically pan the poor writing of your peers); and finally (3) lead the interviewer into a conversation that requires clear thinking, logical consistency and most importantly, a freaking’ clue. Et Voila! Problem solved, I guarantee Miriam scrubs their systems of any mention of the Repman.