Once upon a time there was a period of time in the staffing world were post and pray was the way. There were a large group of “staffing professionals” who only knew how to post a job, and pray they get what they want. As you can imagine this gave staffing a bad name with their hiring managers(HM) as, they rarely were able to give the HMs what they wanted.
Then came the next iteration, the throw and pray. These were “staffing professionals” who grabbed every resume they could from the job boards, threw them in the air and threw darts hoping one would stick. Or in other words praying one would be a fit. This again made staffing look awful not just to the HMs but to candidates as well, since the ones the darts hit were emailed and rarely with anything other than the standard, we have job for you call me. The resumes were garnered only by title and nothing else.
Now comes the spam and pray. This is where “staffing professionals” grab large amounts of people who show they have the buzz words and they spam email them all, saying the same thing and in most cases not realizing the people they are spamming are not what they are looking for. Example just this last week I got 200 emails about Oracle DBA jobs. I am not an oracle DBA, why did I get them, because I mention I have source for Oracle DBAs and that all the “staffing Professional” saw, the words Oracle DBA. This is a direct correlation to the advent of Linkedin, and other social job boards….