I try to balance all my complaining with praise for good things. This is one of them…

Look at Jott.com. It is a free service. Once you are set up you call the toll free number and say what you want. It is almost immediately transcribed as an email. When I heard that I kinda’ though “yeah,right,whatever… THEN I saw I can import contacts ,say the contact’s name and email them as well. I don’t know how long it’ll stay free or are if there are enough people in India to transcribe all the grocery lists but it sure is fun for now. D.

P.S. to Danny….Now our emails will count as phone time too.

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Dave, I know you have been trying to contact us about setting up a recruiting relationship but I must decline. It has been brought to my attention by several of my employees that have been contacted by your agency as potential candidates to other companies. I understand this is a usual practice for recruiting companies, but it comes with great regret that my employees have been harassed by your recruiters. Several have shown me e-mail trails where they repeatably requested not to be contacted again by your recruiters and their requests are ignored. The common response “what are you going to stay with that company forever”? Well the answer is yes in most cases. We pride ourselves in having the best benefits and work enviroments around and recruiting away from our company while not impossible would be difficult. I hope this is not a business practice that you endorse since in the past we’ve had several positive conversations about recruiting philosophies. I do not want a company with that reputation representing my company. I just wanted to get back to you with why we have decided not to pursue an agreement with your company.Best wishes,Eric 

 Eric:Thanks for getting back to me. Thus ends one of the longer run-arounds I have participated in. Let’s finish this record with some facts.1)      On June 18th you told one of my employees that you currently deal with 3 other recruiting firms. Since I treated this as a fact it led to a couple things happening. I thought we had left it several years ago that we’d both be happy when you got to a place where you’d have budget to deal with recruiting firms, which is what I remember about those positive calls you mention.2)      If you ARE working with three other recruiting companies you are attempting to pay people to do exactly what you are complaining about. That is to contact and evaluate top talent at top companies with which those recruiters have no relationship.3)      We have spoken with 1 of your employees.  After 7 attempts to speak one time he left a voice mail saying he was happy enough to not want to speak further at this time. No one has dialed his number or emailed him since. We have no email address for him.4)      The second employee has a resume posted in a public forum.  We never spoke with him. Following his email request to stop we acknowledged it with a message saying, among other things “We’ll not contact you again”. So…there is no “repeatably”(sic),no “several”, and no “harassment”.5)      You, personally, live, on the telephone, told me to talk with Mike xxxx about whether we could do business. While Mike was not responding to several messages I left about this subject we were following up on the people above; one of whom was described as an excellent potential candidate. You might remember that we first heard about you the same way. You might also remember that we tried to set up a relationship with Wells Landers because we believed it was a good company until one of its leaders turned out to be demonstrably unethical (I have records of my experience with him, so do many other people).I endorse every business practice(of ours) I see here. I reject your spurious, ill-considered accusations. We noted everything we did here. We have the same emails you do and I know what phone calls were made. Everything we did is exactly what you are trying to purchase from other recruiters….but are likely not getting unless you retain them… Of course, maybe you are paying below standard industry rates to have someone look at Monster and Dice more closely than you do.We do wish your company the best. We wish all companies the best. By definition they can’t all be the best. If your company is then you have nothing to worry about. Once recruiters see and believe that they either make those best companies a client or they tend to ignore them because it is easier to find good people who are in a company that went bad ( i.e.Wells Landers again) than it is to pry them out of companies they’d rather have as clients.That said…while we have tried to have discussions about working together, that has not happened yet. If you want to question our reputation you need to stick with facts. You don’t have any.As for our recruiting relationship…you can’t decline it. You can only define it.I am blocking Pyxis from out-going calls because we don’t need this kind of irritation but I’ll be happy to talk if you want to. I’d also appreciate some apology or retraction for this record. It’ll look much better for you if this ever needs to be public.Sincerely, Dave.