I’m answering a lot of local job ads to pick up seasonal / office / whatever work these days. So a lot of employers and agencies and headhunters etc have my name, tel, resume etc.
Three times in the last month this has happened:
[phone rings] [identified as 516-407-2693
Voice: Hello. Press 3 to be added to the Do Not Call registry. I am calling because you replied to a job ad. I would like to ask you a few questions. What kind of job are you seeking?
Me: (?!?) Well, whatcha got?
Me: I’ve been applying for typing and office work, I’ve worked in retail and can run a cash register, I’ve applied for jobs that involve me driving parts to the warehouse or delivering equipment to the shop, I’ve applied as a database developer and computer professional, sorry but I don’t know which company you’re calling from, but I’m interested in a wide range of jobs…
Voice: I need to ask you a few questions to determine whether you are qualified for one of the jobs that we have available.
Me: OK, go ahead, sure
Voice: When did you graduate high school or get your GED?
Voice: Are you a US citizen?
Me: Yes, I am…
Voice: What is the highest degree that you attained?
Me: I have an MA in sociology and an MSW in social work
[* CLICK *]
All but the US Citizen question is information available on my resume. Is this someone fishing around trying to get tabs on non-citizens? Market research pretending to be calls to potential employees and I’m not qualifying for the survey? Someone trying to sign up students for an online college degree at Illegitimate University? Some other kind of scam?
They don’t even confirm my name.