How to insult your hires

So some dude from a “Talent Recruitment” company insulted me. Here’s how:

From: Shawn Low
To: <me>;
Subject: Career Opportunity
Sent: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 9:24:41 AM

Hi Alvin,
Could you please contact me on my mobile (+6012xxxxxxx) or via email (, giving me your present contact number, for a quick chat about a career opportunity?
This is Shawn here from Talentsbay, a headhunting firm. Thanks.

Best Regards,
Shawn Low
Principal Consultant

Talentsbay Sdn Bhd (932119-T)
Suite 27-11, Penthouse, Signature Office,
The Boulevard, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mobile: +6012 xxx xxxx
Tel: +603 2297 xxxx
Fax: +603 2287 xxxx
Website: www. talentsbay .com

I wasn’t interested. Partly because I don’t trust recruitment agencies. Mostly because I’ll be in the US for a while. I decided to tell him that. Politely.

 Subject: Re: Career Opportunity
From: Dartarrow <me>
Date: Thu, January 03, 2013 9:10 pm
To: “Shawn”

Sorry. Not interested. How do us you find me anyway? I need to remove my online profiles

I’m pretty sure that reply was rather polite. His next reply however sounded like a scorned girlfriend you dumped for a 17yo cheerleader.

From: “Shawn Low”
To: “Dartarrow”
Subject: RE: Career Opportunity
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2013 18:48:11 -0700

Sorry, the email must have been sent to you by mistake by my assistant. It was meant for another Alvin, an intelligent, smart, qualified and high-calibre candidate. I do not know how your email could have been included in our privileged list of high-performing candidates.

No signature, no “sent from my assistants iPhone”, no “regards”, no “whoopsies”.
And just as I thought we were getting along

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