There are a lot of articles written about what job candidates should do to prepare their resumes and cover letters. Candidates are urged to pay attention to their grammar and spelling if they hope to land even a phone interview. But what about the other side of the conference table? Would you take an offer from an employer seriously if it were written like a 411 email scam? How about taking strategic career advice from a recruiter that can't spell strategy?
The above email from an IT recruiting/consulting company is so poorly written that I first thought that it was a joke. Let's look at this from the point of view that the recruiter should be taking. The Senior Project Manager position will probably bring the recruiting company anywhere from about $20,000 to $30,000 for an employee position and about the same figure for a six to nine month contract position. If we take $20,000 as a reasonable estimate then this email represents a $20,000 opportunity for this recruiting company.
Does this look like an email that you would send to attract and land a $20,000 opportunity? Even if the spelling were correct, stringing together buzz words without understanding what they mean will not attract qualified candidates. At a minimum, I would expect the recruiting company to adhere to the same standards that job seekers are expected to follow and at least use plain business common-sense. I don't know how many other Sr. Project Manager candidates received this email, but I would love to see the responses of the ones that replied