I received what appears to be a random email from an executive recruiter at a firm in NY. She has a client but can not disclose who it is at this time ( ie. Non disclosure agreement ). I sent my resume thinking not much of it. I just received an email saying that my “resume did not parse correctly into the Candidate Management System. In order to move forward, I need your ATS compatible resume ASAP. “
Why does this feel fishy to me? Can someone provide any additional insight

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I think it’s a scam from what you are describing.

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Moral of the story here- trust your gut! Thanks for posting this.

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Every single real recruiter working on a “stealth” search will tell you the company’s name once you get them on the phone. Your resume in a non-ATS format is enough for them to reveal the name.

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You should always know where your resume is going. Also, most ATS' can handle PDFs and Word resumes. Seems a little fishy. I've been recruiting for 20 years and have never had this scenario.

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However, if you signed an NDA it should mention the company name. Also, I’ve sent NDAs before too, on behalf of clients, but I’m a retained search recruiter. This means I never have the experience of “submitting” a resume to a “system”. I email every resume directly to the hiring manager. With encryption... just sharing my process. Doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the only legit one but sharing mine nonetheless. I really detest shady recruiters.

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its prolly legit, they just have poor systems in place. i always like to ask who their client is kindly and theyll just tell u

in my experience, prolly a company that nobody cares about if they are not telling you

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Have you spoken to the recruiter yet? If not, I would speak with them first to make sure they are legit before resubmitting your resume.

Agree with ☝️. That is BS. If you’re a great candidate no one cares if your resume is ATS compatible.

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Trust your gut. Always.

You know what sucks about this, there are plenty of honest developers who have designed programs specifically to test your resume “pass-ability” specifically for this purpose. It’s a for a small fee but not a scam. People like this screw it up for the hard working Johns and Janes in the world.

Yes this is very true ans equally sad.

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