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    Recruiter Manages to Creep CPA Out Over Email

    By | May 15, 2013

    As we tumble through the post-busy season spring, an untold number of recruiters are on the hunt for accounting professionals whose asses can fill the empty seats of their clients. Recruiters use a number of different tactics when pursuing talented accountants but one of the trickiest parts of this cat and mouse game has to be cold calling candidates. The obvious goal for any recruiter to sound like you've got something enticing to share with Jim or Jane, CPA but not come on so strong that you give him or her the creeps. 

    Recently a tipster shared with us an email sent by a recruiter who successfully accomplished neither of those things:
    From: [Recruiter]
    Date: Fri, May 10, 2013
    Subject: [Candidate], I'm interested in you
    To: [Candidate]
    Your career is impressive.  I'm compelled to reach out to you.
    Right off the bat you get a bad feeling. At least for our reader who wrote us, "You need to start a column entitled the creepy things recruiters say."
    And I can kinda see why this is a little weird. Usually when some opens with "I'm interested in you," that's code for "I'm interested in you with your clothes off." Maybe that's just me. Pretty much any other subject line would have successfully not weirded this person out.
    Anyway, it's funny because the rest of the email is pretty standard non-creep stuff:
    I'm also fortunate to lead a team of highly successful professionals.  Passionate about opening new career doors for people like you.  Doors to opportunities that help move you forward toward realizing your goals professionally and personally.
    Our specialty is public accounting.  We have contacts with over 5000 firms in every region of the US.  Managing Partners who are glad to pay our referral fee, because the outstanding professionals we refer, also help them move forward toward realizing their goals.
    Our first step is to speak.  Tell us what's important to you.
    We're ready to listen – when is convenient for you?
    Best regards,
    Like I said, standard. But that opening? Probably need to take another look at that.
    Anyone else ever get weird vibes from recruiters over email? Share them with us.

      B4V and I need to redo the “who can hate on recruiters moar” segment. I miss that.

    • George Squared

      I hate my job in public accounting but I hope to god I never have to quit and write crap like this for a living

    • timreynolds

      Holy shit. I cannot believe someone sent that. The grammar is 4th grade level at best.


    • YourMom

      As we discuss oddities with recruiters, I’ve noticed ~10% of the recruiters that email me have CPAs. I’d kill myself if I end up one day using my CPA designation as accounting position street cred in the recruiting world.

      • NOBODY

        I know a couple of those, too, and I would also shoot myself in the face before I would become a Robert Half kind of recruiter. I’d rather just stay in public accounting.

    • Kevin Suksi

      I am a recruiter who started his career as a CPA. I suppose street cred is part of the game. I’ll admit that.

      Some people want to work with a recruiter, others don’t – I get that – but wouldn’t you prefer to work with someone who has similar direct experience to you, and has some true capacity for understanding or your career?

      As for being creepy – I think insincere, generic flattery IS creepy.

      However, if I see something about a CPA’s profile which truly is impressive (faster than average advancement, unique technical exposure, etc.), I’ll reference it in an email. For example “I am looking for a fast-track candidate and the fact that you made it to manager two years ahead of the typical public accounting track stood out to me.” People seem to prefer personal contact like that over anything resembling a mass mailer or spam.

      Companies are paying us to find the best people out there whether they are looking or not. If everyone is impressive, no one is.

    • The Horniest Partner

      In the recruiter’s defense, most of them are sleezy and a couple bad months away from selling used cars or life insurance to their friends and family.

      • Reasonable Assurance


    • Gust

      Creepier yet is “I’m compelled to reach out to you”. I prefer to keep my urges and compulsions a dark secret.