October 7th, 2005

userinfo senji
2005/10/07 14:14:00 - email annoyance
I got an email from a (technological) recruitment agency today. I was not best pleased.

Firstly, all of the recipients' addresses were in the To: field.

Secondly, it was a MIME message with three parts. The first part was HTML:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">

<META content="MSHTML 6.00.2800.1491" name=GENERATOR></HEAD>
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=600>
    <TD><IMG height=327
    <TD><IMG height=273
      width=600 border=0></TD></TR>
    <TD height=214>
      <P align=center><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#0033ff
      size=1><BR>This email was sent to you as a registered candidate with
      Microcom Ltd. If you do not want to receive future communications from our
      database please email to webmaster@wwrh.co.uk and we will remove you from
      our databases.</FONT></P>
      <P><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>The views </FONT><FONT
      face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>expressed in this e-mail are
      not necessarily the views of Worldwide Recruitment Holdings Ltd, its
      directors, officers or employees make no representation or accept any
      liability for its accuracy or completeness unless expressly stated to the
      contrary.<BR>This e-mail, and any attachments are strictly confidential
      and intended for the addressee(s) only. </FONT></P>
      <P><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>The content may also
      contain legal, professional or other privileged information. Unless
      expressly stated to the contrary, no contracts may be concluded on behalf
      of Worldwide Recruitment Holdings Ltd by means of e-mail communication.
      You may report the matter by calling us on +44 (0) 1727 752000.</FONT></P>
      <P><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>Please ensure you have
      adequate virus protection before you open or detach any documents from
      this transmission. Worldwide Recruitment Holdings Ltd does not accept any
      liability for viruses. </FONT></P>
      <P><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=1>Worldwide Recruitment
      Holdings Ltd is registered in England: Company number:
      0391174.<BR>Registered Office: Faulkner House, Victoria Street, St Albans,
      Herts, AL1 3SE.</FONT><BR></P></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></DIV></BODY></HTML>

The other two parts were the referenced jpeg files:

Current Mood: [mood icon] annoyed
Entry Tags: annoyances, life, work

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userinfo bellinghman
2005/10/07 13:47:43

A recruitment agency that isn't techie enough to know why that was bad isn't techie enough to properly match you to a job.
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userinfo phoenixandy
2005/10/07 13:53:20
Quite. Admittedly the recruitment monkies just need to know what the relevant skills are, to match you up, not having enough tech knowledge to realise all the things they did wrong with that email is not good.
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userinfo hairyears
2005/10/07 14:41:39

I always find this kind of email useful: it labels the senders as useless tossers and I know that need not and should not wase any further time with them.

Does you e-mail provider have a 'This is SPAM' report?

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userinfo senji
2005/10/07 14:43:24
I'm a bit wary of accusing them of being spam since I'm not sure that I didn't actually interact with them in the past in a manner in which emailing me (even wrongheadedly) would be appropriate.
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userinfo the_s_guy
2005/10/07 17:03:52
If they're a genuine firm, you could always use a throwaway account and a form letter - "Thank you for sending out this email (with personal information deleted) which clearly marks your organisation as technologically incompetent. I now know not to use your services or recommend them to my friends. In these confusing times, it's always useful to receive such clear declarations of ignorance. I'll be sure to check out your competitors."
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userinfo requiem_17_23
2005/10/07 19:36:09
That's... really quite rubbish.

But it could have been worse. At least they deleted the "HTML produced by Microsoft Frontpage" from the bottom and indented it a bit. ^_^
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userinfo king_of_wrong
2005/10/09 02:12:10
File a statutory request under the Data Protection Act.
Tell them to cease and desist any distribution of any information which they hold about you.

Which order you do these in is left as an exercise to the reader...
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