“If a recruiter contacted me about a job and when I told them my desired salary and expectations, they actually got mad at me”

Hi all! I wanted to know about a job opportunity in your field that you could perfect per. We already remember you for this position. All you need to do is be prepared to take a 30% pay cut, forfeit all your benefits, and stay in the same place in your career as you were 5 years ago. That sounds good? Please keep in touch!

Many of us are familiar with nasty recruiters infiltrating our private messages through LinkedIn or Indeed, but they don’t always send silent messages like in my example above. Sometimes they know how to hide their craziness until they get past the initial contact; then they have a grandiose revealing of their true color. Yesterday Reddit user Main-Yogurtcloset-82 shared the story on the Antiwork subreddit about how she was recently contacted by a recruiter who went berserk after hearing her current salary and expectations. Below you can read the story, as well as some of the responses she received, and see just how brave some of these online recruiters have become. Then if you’re looking for another recruiting horror story article, check out this is KristenBellTattoos.com a piece next.

Yesterday, a worker told the Antiwork subreddit how a recruiter contacted her about a potential position in her field.

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Since she was not actively looking for a job, Main-Yogurtcloset-82 was honest with the recruiter about what exactly the position had to offer her in order to consider applying.

Hearing her expectations, the recruiter responded with an unexpectedly hostile email.

In theory, recruiters would be a great thing. They can speed up your job search by suggesting jobs that they have already manually selected. Sounds a lot more appealing than scrolling through LinkedIn for hours, right? But the problem with many people with recruiters is that they usually only care about themselves. Often they work for outside firms and receive commissions from the enterprises for every deserving candidate they find. But they probably don’t care if it’s you ideal for the position; they are just trying to fill the slot and get paid.

Recruiters are also notorious for not saying they can give candidates higher salaries or better terms. According to Omer Molad, CEO and founder of recruiting company Vervoe, recruiters are usually given a salary range allocated to each position. “Their initial salary very rarely exceeds their salary range, so the base salary, as well as benefits such as vacation days, working hours, etc., can usually be negotiated,” Molad told Glassdoor. Another reason why recruiters can’t always be trusted is that sometimes positions are almost promised to full-time employees and others are invited to interview as a formality. These “ghost job postings” are annoying, but unfortunately they are legal. Molad says recruiters won’t tell you, “It was a beauty parade to show management that we were in process, but it was a scam and you were never considered.” But sometimes this is the situation.

In the case of the recruiter who contacted Main-Yogurtcloset-82, she was probably desperate for a job and took her anger out on something else (perhaps how low her personal salary is?) in this email. But that certainly won’t make anyone else want to work with her. Recruiting isn’t bad in itself, but when recruiters treat candidates like cattle, they’re hard to trust. Keep reading to see what other Reddit users think about this situation, then let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Have you ever dealt with such an aggressive recruiter? We’d also love to hear your recruiting horror stories below!

Responses were inundated with readers criticizing the recruiter and sharing their horror stories of working with bounty hunters.

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