Even before the whole Microsoft thing, Yahoo! was a prime target for recruiters. A recruiter will find someone’s website or LinkedIn profile, discover that they work for Yahoo!, then call one of the main Yahoo! numbers and either drill through the directory to find the person’s extension or simply ask a receptionist to transfer them. The end result is that whenever my desk phone rings, there’s a 90% chance it’s a recruiter.
On the whole, I don’t mind being pinged by recruiters via email or on LinkedIn. If they’ve actually seen my résumé, then they know my cell number, which they’re welcome to call as well. But my work number isn’t published anywhere, so when I get recruiting calls there, it’s extra annoying and doesn’t do much to establish a feeling of trust.
So, to avoid these annoying interruptions, I’ve simply stopped answering calls from numbers I don’t recognize, and I’ve updated my outgoing voicemail greeting thusly:
Hi, this is Ryan. I’m not at my desk right now, but if you leave a message I’ll try to get back to you. If you’re a recruiter, please hang up now.
Even so, I still get voicemails from recruiters. The ones who actually hear the message usually say, “I know your message said to hang up, but…” Some of them stoop to really sketchy levels, like giving only their first name (to imply that I should know them) and saying that “some important papers” have recently come across their desk and that I should call them right away. One woman left several messages like this and I eventually had to call her back just to tell her to stop.
But none of these comes close to a voicemail I got a few weeks ago from a guy who appears to have seen this site and thought (correctly) that talking about pie would get my attention. Unfortunately, he made the mistake of talking about pie while sounding like a creepy-ass pedophile:
Listen to the voicemail
I didn’t call him back.