I had a fabulous experience with a supposed recruiter come new business owner. After seeing the add I posted my CV. I received a discourteous email asking me to explain how I offer materials I have written to accredited companies so that they could determine "whether to keep my CV".
Assuming good faith I did that with good intention and closed the mail with my telephone number should they require further clarity. Well! I received a reply stating that no telephonic communication was desired as they had headaches with SETA.
That was where I drew the line and replied assertively to withdraw from the process. What really annoyed me was that after the impolite comment they continued with a list of questions about accreditation and how it works and ... and ... and. My cheeky mouth was triggered and sarcasm and counsellor expertise weaved together to craft a response to this recruiter which I am not proud of but I did drive the point home. Needless to say s/he was irate and began a round of attacks on "consultants who take advantage of people in business". it was at that point I realised it was time to "delete mail".
I get this a lot from these stater company pretend recruiters. They glean what they can from your CV, claim to be interested and then want to squeeze a consultation out of you. I would have fallen for the joke again had this one not been so sadly lacking in basic business etiquette.
Good on you. Yes we need the work but some people expect us to prostitute ourself out to them. Big up to you..