I often hear job seekers complain about the amount of calls/emails they receive from recruiters pitching opportunities that don't align with their background nor stated objectives. Folks who have their profiles/resumes publicly available tend to receive a higher amount of these solicitations. I would agree it is rather spammy and annoying to receive work-at-home opportunities, door-to-door sales gigs, or insurance sales opportunities, especially when you're senior management and are very clear in your job seeker profile the type of work you're seeking.
Just as those folks don't like to receive unrelated job opportunities, I don't like to receive applications from obviously very unqualified job seekers. I'm not talking borderline here; I'm talking about resumes from people where if I circulated the job description and their resumes to all my colleagues in the office (or every passerby outside on the sidewalk), every one of them would quickly and easily reach the conclusion these applicants are not a fit for my advertised job. To job seekers who fall into this group... What are you thinking?
Some of these people even have the audacity to follow up and complain about not getting a return call or email. I make a point to try to follow up with folks who reach out to me, but it's extremely difficult to do so when I have to sort through all of this applicant spam! If you're currently flipping burgers at McDonald's (and that's your only job experience), I'm not going to give you the courtesy of a reply when you waste my time sending a resume in response to very clear job requirements on an advertisement for an Embedded Software Engineer with medical device experience.
I don't mind receiving unsolicited resumes. In fact, I want to hear about people currently in the job market, or even better, someone who is contemplating a career move. However, applying to one of my jobs you're not qualified for is not proper protocol. I typically include specific instructions in my advertisements for those applying for the posted job and those who don't feel they are qualified but would like to send me their resume to file for future consideration. It's amazing how many folks can't follow instructions. Didn't we all learn how to do this in elementary school?
OK, I'm finished with my weekending rant. Is it time for a beer? Have a good one all!