More recruiter woes

So my ‘friend’ the recruiter called back again today. He had another sales guy call a few days ago and I told him that I wasn’t interested and didn’t expect to hear from him again. Lo and behold, this morning he called me again.

I told him that he had wasted plenty of my time and I was simply tired of it, so what I was going to do was send him a contract and start charging him by the minute for my time at my consulting rates. I asked for his fax number so I could send him the paperwork and immediately he backpedaled.

Him: “Why do you need my fax number?”
Me: “So I can send you a contract for you to sign. Once you sign it, we can talk.”
Him: “You mean you want to charge me for talking to you?”
Me: “Yes, that’s right.”
Him: “What? Why?”
Me: “Because you’re wasting my time. Now what’s your fax number?”
Him: “Hold on a second. <immediately put on hold before I could say No.>”

Then I hung up. I’m not sure if he’ll call me back, but I’m not going to talk to him until he gives me a fax number so I can start charging him for the time that he takes of mine. The sad part is that I enjoy messing with people like this. In a sick twisted way, I’m looking forward to the next time he calls.


  1. Mark on December 20, 2006 at 11:57 pm

    Great going, that is HILARIOUS! Somebody said ‘those who don’t value their time will waste yours’. Maybe your friend starts to see that now…

  2. Kris Tuttle on December 22, 2006 at 10:47 am

    Be careful. Your time is more valuable than his and he could decide to play the game and spend the next year faxing back contract changes and calling you every week with status updates and other things to waste your time. I’d just quietly ignore all unsolicited communications and go back to work.

  3. Mike Taber on December 22, 2006 at 5:06 pm

    Oh, you’re absolutely right. I have no intentions of negotiating the contract with him. It’s a take it or leave it and any contact with me beyond a faxed acceptance will be regarded as implicit acceptance. 🙂

    Not sure if that would hold up in court, but I think that anti-telemarketer laws might apply, especially since I’m answering the calls on my cell phone.

    Their accounting department will love the bills they get because I charge a minimum of 15 minute intervals. I suppose as soon as he calls, I could hang up and bill him for 15 minutes. That’s an easy way to make $50.

  4. Anonymous on January 4, 2007 at 4:01 am

    Oh my, everyone has to earn a living, even if you don’t like it. I’ll be calling again soon.

  5. Anonymous on January 4, 2007 at 4:01 am

    Moderated? Come on, only posting what serves you?

  6. Mike Taber on January 4, 2007 at 5:42 am

    Yes it’s moderated. The only reason it’s moderated is because of the sheer amount of comment spam that I get. Yesterday I deleted around 100 comment spam messages. Everything that is a legitimate message goes through.

  7. Kathy Templar on January 8, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Of course it needs to be moderated. Otherwise you would get not appropriate e-mail that would destroy the reputation and the quality of the web site from competitors and wanta be’s.

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