100 Days of Recruiters (UK Edition)

Like many software engineers, my inboxes are full of spam from recruiters.
During these 100 days, my LinkedIn status was 'Open to Opportunities'.
Here's the stats from the last 100 days of messages.

Click here for the original (US-based) version

Bullshit Score

At first, I tried to count the occurrences of specific buzzwords... but there were just too many to choose from. Instead, I gave each message a Bullshit Score™.

In-House Recruiters

15% of the recruiters were in-house recruiters, the rest were external recruiters.

Only 31% of the external recruiters were upfront with the company they were hiring for.

Copy Paste

You do know that software engineers can tell if a message written by a basic algorithm. Don't try and outsmart us... 😆

I make a point to reply to each message that was actually written - at least in part - by a human.

You Had One Job

Somehow I'm not even surprised when recruiters forget to list the key languages or tech I'll be working on.

The surprise this time was that some also forgot to specify whether a role was Front-End, Back-End or Full Stack... In this chart, incomplete means not specifying the job role.

Weak Sauce Quotes

Unlike their American counterparts, there were far less wacky attempts at recruiter clickbait.

Instead, I received some pathetic attempts at apologies for spamming.

I appreciate you probably get bombarded with messages from people like me
I can only imagine how flooded your inbox is with recruiter's messages
I imagine you've had a million messages (this is the 3rd alone from me!)
I appreciate you probably get bombarded with messages from people like me
oh it's you from yesterday, same again tomorrow?

...so why do these folks keep spamming if they know it's annoying? If only they would explain...

Apologies for the double messaging, I can imagine your inbox is full of similar messages, so I wanted to make sure you got this one!
i.e. I'm sorry everyone else is messaging you LOL
I thought I'd send you a follow up as I know you must get tons of messages / irrelevant spam and I wanted to stand out
at least you're honest

Some really believed their own hype...

I have just taken on a Full Stack Developer role within a company I'd consider modern-day Eco heroes.
Your role is more than a Software Engineer
Press X To Doubt
Yats are self-sovereign emoji usernames... Creators use our custom-designed emojis to compose beautiful works of art with deep, human messages.
A simple "Please join our NFT fraud scheme" would suffice
Hi Tom, Let's talk about Intuit, the 2nd best tech company to work for in the UK
2nd best? Another company bribed the judges more?

And of course, there was a sprinkle of weird clickbait

Well, I can tell you that Cristiano Ronaldo's legs are insured for €100 million
The company could be described as a combination of Amazon, TikTok and QVC.
My bets on Wish.com


Finally, here's the full list of the companies that were named:

  • Hyperexponential (7 times)
  • Ecologi (3 times)
  • Virgin Media (3 times)
  • Freetrade (2 times)
  • Twilio (2 times)
  • Cazoo (2 times)
  • Multiverse (2 times)
  • By Miles (2 times)
  • Facebook (2 times)
  • Improbable (2 times)
  • Zapp (2 times)
  • Gener8 (2 times)
  • Capco (2 times)
  • Ticketmaster (2 times)
  • Scouty
  • Plum Guide
  • PPC Protect
  • Eigen Tech
  • Pollen
  • Vestaire Collective
  • Flawless
  • Grail
  • Kaluza
  • Robin AI
  • Luminovo
  • Coremont
  • Riskcare
  • Onthebeach
  • Mphasis
  • Privitar
  • Hedgehog
  • LoyaltyLion
  • Shares
  • Xe
  • NHS Scotland
  • Lenses.io
  • QBE Insurance
  • The Spectator
  • William Hill
  • GSR
  • Dunelm
  • Confluence
  • Let's Do This
  • Oja
  • YuLife
  • Habito
  • JP Morgan
  • Converge.io
  • Intuit
  • Bother
  • Nous
  • Zen Educate
  • Vortexa
  • Brit Insurance
  • News UK
  • Red Ant
  • Truepill
  • Tari Labs
  • Komi
  • Prima UK
  • Ki Insurance
  • PassFort
  • Amazon
  • Nomo Bank
  • Finimize
  • FutureOn
  • BAE Systems
  • Global Relay
  • WeGift
  • Signal AI
  • Elder
  • Pubgenius
  • Unboxed
  • Foolproof
  • Neural Alpha
  • Hudson River Trading
  • iProov
  • Fast Break Labs
  • Beamery
  • Labelbox
  • Pearl Health
  • Miter
  • Cabinet
  • Guideline
  • Boost
  • Quit Genius
  • The Nerdery
  • Switchboard