Here’s why: As a candidate, we have all been recruited before and would agree that it can be distasteful. A Recruiter calls you and pretends they know all about you, perhaps from another individual who spoke “highly” about you. They pitch you a job description mirroring your LinkedIn profile and say, “you would be a great fit”.
Immediately your eyes look sideways and you want to say out loud, “Who is this car salesperson pitching me a job, suggesting that I am even interested.”, but you bite your tongue because you are a polite professional. And now you would like to hang up and wash your hands. We completely understand.
As an employer: Here is the same scenario. You are pitched the most “incredible candidates” on a daily basis without one question of your needs and zero research done on your firm. “This individual would be a great fit.” You roll your eyes although you do desperately need people. “I can’t use someone like that, but we are looking for…” Now here comes the wave of Monster, Indeed, CareerBuilder and Zip resumes. The same resumes that your HR group has exposure to, and all of whom you have passed on. We understand and you are justified.