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Speaking of Crossroads...

At Crossroads Consulting, we take a unique and very light-hearted approach to the very serious business of Executive Recruiting.

We both know that this industry on the whole has a reputation two steps below a Ponzi Schemer which still puts it one step over a Politician. Crossroads tries to make a difficult situation just a bit more palatable as we maintain a policy of total candor, honesty and complete transparency with all who choose to deal with us.

It's been our experience since we opened our doors in late 1996 that most everyone we come in contact with really appreciates that approach. Some do not.

Over the last several years we've received some rather interesting comments from candidates who've submitted their resumes to us here. Some of them...well...not so much.

When we decided to create a comments page, we wanted to show a complete sample of those comments. These are all from actual people and have not been edited other than for typing errors...

Here's a sampling...

Will P. writes on April 23, 2015

"Hi there, whoever you are; presumably you're someone in HR at a company named Crossroads Consulting, probably located in or near Connecticut, who posted a humorously written job opening on Experteer looking for a high-level accountant.  I am neither a high-level accountant nor in Connecticut, but I got a kick out of reading the posting, which is already more of a payoff than I ever expected when I followed a link to Experteer, a site specifically devoted to high-paying jobs in upper management, and filled out a profile despite being not even remotely qualified for any such jobs, just for something to do.  So, congratulations on amusing a random loser.  I hope you manage to find the candidate you want; an application that's actually clever and fun to read deserve to achieve its objective.  All the best."

Janet C. writes on October 29, 2014

"Looking for a job in sales or product management.  Was in a semi-catatonic state until I came across your job description.  Thanks for making my day!"

Donna G. writes on July 17, 2013

"To be honest, I don't think I'm a likely candidate for this position but I HAD to write to applaud the tone of your posting. What a relief to see someone with a (slightly twisted) sense of humor out there!

Good luck in finding the right candidate. If you ever need a writer / editor / proofreader / print-and-digital product producer, give me a holler. I'll even let you use my nickname: Machete G***tti.

Which is not nearly as scary as it may sound. Just means that I like to cut through the nonsense and go straight to the bone."

Keelie BG. writes on January 8, 2013

"Thank-you for the laughs regarding this ad! I enjoyed the reference to "Dancing with the Stars". I think all accountants learn at some point to tap dance a little bit and to quickstep, especially during the month-end close! I also just wanted to quickly mention that my "diamond tiara" has been sitting on my shelf due to a company acquisition, in which all of the finance and operations positions were transferred to (another) facility. Though I was offered a management position in (the relocated location), I had to politely decline since the tiara doesn't leave the tri-state area! "

Tara P. writes on August 15, 2012

"I love how (your) listing refers to Stu Shepard, and Gabourey Sidibe. Both references were extremely clever and made me laugh out loud. It was upon reading those quirky comments where I knew I had to send you my resume and hope for the best! A job listing that is screaming with character and originality while also invoking excitement in the pursuer is very rare to say the least. I truly hope to hear from you!"

Katherine H. writes on July 10, 2012

"I LOVED your posting. What a breath of fresh air. I would like to speak with you about this and other positions you may have."

John D. writes on May 12, 2012

"I have started a new sales position...I am very excited to be here. My actual point in contacting you was to say thanks! Your help and support meant a lot to me. You give a lot of support and hope to people who have it tough - nice work!"

Steve C. writes on May 2, 2012

"Good morning, I haven't come across your company until recently, great sense of humor in job descriptions, really needed when searching on a daily basis. That said I would like to speak with a representative of your company..."

Terry M. writes on April 20, 2012
"I have been scouring the (employment) ads for about a year now searching for a job and I have to tell you that your ad takes the cake! It was terrific and I'm sure it makes a lot of people want to work with you. It was fun to read and made this God awful daily grind of looking for a job quite pleasant for a few minutes, so for that I thank you. Good luck with your search. I'm sure you will find someone great with that ad!"

George G. writes on March 1, 2012

"I just wanted to say that I really liked your presentation of this employment opportunity. It is not the standard stuffy posting and yet it presents all the relevant data. While I am not a candidate as (the location of the position) is not on my map, I just wanted to let you know I think you did a nice job on this!"

Anne D. writes on July 12, 2011

"Frankly, I am fascinated by the description provided on your Website, and a bit perplexed by the best approach for making an application, but here goes!"

Scott N. writes on July 1, 2011

"Your approach to find a truly buttoned down, professional, superstar that knows how to get it done right, is indeed odd. Comes across as a side show and reeks of a cheap promotion. Doesn't sound like a serious effort to find the very best. If you are serious, you need to change your approach if I were you. I am sure you and your client welcome open and honest feedback and debate."

Jennifer C. writes on November 16, 2010

I am not exactly qualified for this position; however, please do not stop reading! While reading the Job Details for Job ID#2621, I was smiling and laughing and nodding my head in agreement! I love your sense of humor. I believe that someone like you just might be able to find me that new employment opportunity I am so eagerly searching for.

Jan J. writes on October 17, 2010

After researching Crossroads Consulting I have come to the opinion that your posting is for real and your unique style very genuine... I'd welcome the opportunity to speak with you about the position and look forward to hearing more about your organization.

Lisa V. writes on October 15, 2010

I very much enjoyed reading your listing. It is not often that a job listing makes one laugh, especially these days.

Barbara R. writes on July 20, 2010

It was a pleasure speaking with you today, and I hope to hear more about this position! I have to tell you, I really enjoyed your posting for the job. It's the first one I've come across that made me crack up (first) and then feel that "ping" of excitement. I would imagine working with your firm is a blast, and I hope to have the pleasure of not only working with you on this one, but continuing what appears to be a long and very successful relationship with the hiring company.

Laurie N. writes on July 19, 2010

I confess that I have frequented your site off and on, looking for a fit, but unfortunately have found that I just enjoy reading your ads mostly -- and trust me, that is very good!. Your sense of humor is so much appreciated in this job market where one can feel pretty discouraged and can begin to question everything they have accomplished professionally.

Eileen H. writes on May 3, 2010

I am not applying for this job, but I just want to thank you for making me smile (with your ad humor) while searching for a job on this miserable day! Have a wonderful day.

Michael B. writes on January 6, 2010

What a great position description! You don't see humor in job postings very often.

Kymbra L. writes on December 21, 2009

"Your notice for the Commercial Umbrella Insurance Underwriter employment opportunity is a breath of fresh air! Witty humor in a job posting? What a pleasant surprise!"

Doug N. writes on December 21, 2009

"First Impressions? I believe this to be a very unprofessional Job Description and written in just bad taste (typos too). For example, "...In terms of what the actual responsibilities are in this gig, we can discuss that after you send your resume...or if you're a little too self-important, your CV" and "...but these days there are no jobs so something is better than nothing." This is so off base that it makes me question Crossroad Consulting on a whole. Just my first impression which I tough you might find to be useful."

(By the way...notice he wrote this to us with his own spelling mistakes)

Bill Mc. writes on December 16, 2009:

"Okay, quite honestly, at least half of the reason I'm applying for this position is you're the very (and I do mean VERY) first employment agency I've encountered with a sense of humor. And definitely the first experience I've had in job search where the job descriptions make me giggle. I think you're my kind of people."

Tom M. writes on December 11, 2009:

"I stumbled on your website and was instantly drawn into your firm's great attitude and humor. You are exactly what I look for in a staffing company..."

Barry B. writes on October 5, 2009

"Wow. I could write more, but you don't know me yet. What a wonderful way to start the day of dreary job of job hunting. The descriptions of your job postings are so refreshing, so nice to chuckle while reading the ads as opposed to barely being able to keep your eyes open from the usual repetitive drek that's out there. I want to work with a company that keeps humor in its day to day, what's a day without some laughs. I totally agree."

Scott L. writes on August 20, 2009:

"I have no idea why I'm responding to a headhunter other than your writing is the most amusing thing I've seen in years... Thanks for the moments of amusement!"

Michael G. writes on June 8, 2009:

"Your firm's descriptions of the jobs available are very funny and witty and definitely makes your site stand out from the rest. All the others are very boring and yada, yada, yada, that same ole' song and dance spiel. This speaks to the forward thinking of your company and I like that. You definitely make the jobs sound very interesting and humor always helps to connect people together which is what your company does very well."

Karen F. writes on June 4, 2009:

"Whoever you are on the other side, your job postings are written in the most refreshing, enjoyable, informative manner that I have ever read! And your company name, it says it all.

I have been on line for a while now exploring job opportunities and no one is doing it the way you are. I'm sure it's as successful for recruiting prospective candidates as it is for your clients."

Christina D. writes on May 5, 2009:

"To begin, I was thoroughly entertained by the job description for this position, and it's a big part of why I am applying."

Irina M. writes on April 24, 2009:

"Are you for real? I've read your job posting and thought it was the funniest thing I've read in a while. It's been kind of depressing lately with all the news about the downturn in venture capital investment and (an overall) terrible job market. So, thank you for brightening my day! (or night, actually...)"

Kevin A. writes on April 8, 2009

"I don't have the IT experience, but your job description is the best I have seen in years and I just had to write and tell you that!"

Angela H. writes on October 22, 2008

"Your ad listed for the luxury jewelry buyer's position was so entertaining I questioned whether I should apply for the position or seek a career change into the employment consulting business. What an interesting group of people you seem to be. Very refreshing!"

Zoe A. writes on August 26, 2008

"What a great job posting. It makes me wish I was just starting out in my career!"

Jean A. writes on August 21, 2008

"I have over 5 years in Human Resources experience...I loved your job description..."

Kiernan B. writes on August 14, 2008:

"Hi There, I've read a lot of job descriptions, but that was just flat out ballsy. I'm impressed. I don't fit your bill for that position, but feel free to contact me anytime..."

Tim R. writes on July 16, 2008

"OK, Mitch! I am nowhere qualified for this opportunity. But I rarely find any HR people with the warped sense of humor you exude in your description. It was almost like a Stephen King novel, well novella. If you ever run across an opportunity to fit my credentials, and they are good, I would welcome the occasion to speak with you. Good Luck with the search, and keep up the writing..."

Leon P. writes on July 3, 2008:

"I just wanted to let you know that I'm very interested in the position available...(as well as thoroughly enjoying your ad... a real strange thing, given it's a help wanted ad!). I hope to hear from you soon."

Amie Z. writes on June 10, 2008

"That was the best ad for a position I have ever read, anywhere! Amy Winehouse in a pharmacy, indeed. I have the experience you are looking for, and I would like a chance to interview for the position. I'll be less like Roseanne Barr as a singer, and more like Julia Roberts' dentist (you know, working on that smile...). I look forward to hearing from you soon."

Theo T. writes on May 27, 2008:

"I do enjoy reading your job descriptions as well as the info on your web site. I've been a senior level media/publishing consultant for the last 12 years and as happens, I'm between opportunities. Don't think there is much you can do for me, but wanted you to know that I enjoy your humor."

Bruce S. writes on May 15, 2008

"I had to apply for this position, not only because I think I am eminently qualified, having been in the publishing business for many years (with full charge of production and customer service), but also because it was by far the most interesting and amusing job listing I have ever seen in my months of job searching." writes on May 8, 2008:

"If Amy Winehouse was trapped inside a pharmacy, she would have enough time to walk over to the makeup counter, grab a hand mirror, and proofread her tattoos. She'd quickly discover two types of clients; their clients and they're clients. She'd also discover a third type called their clients. Perhaps she would see that the economy is made up of two parts; bye'rs and cellars."

Sherry B. writes on October 9, 2007:

"What a riot! Never in my life have I read a job posting that made me laugh out loud. Thank you for that."

Will R. writes on September 18, 2007

"After reading the paragraph you wrote I felt I should apply if nothing else it was an amusing read. It's a nice break from all of the very dry job descriptions."

Jeff N. writes on September 15, 2007

"Just reading your job post makes me so glad that I don't live in CT. You're a tool! I would never let you represent my company or any company that I am affiliated with! Do yourself a favor and stop writing anything that could ever be seen on the web."

Eric B. writes on September , 2007

"Your ads are unique and eye-catching..."

Jim F. writes on July 12, 2007

"Nice job description... What an idiot. I'm sure you have people beating down your door to come to work for you..."

Grace T. writes on July 11, 2007

"With all due respect Mr. Beck I found the statement '4 year degree from school you actually have to attend and not mail in for would be nice too' a bit interesting. Especially since you seemed to garnish your justification that it would be a one in a million shot that another person other than yourself could possibly be as creative as you without a '4 year degree, well, Mr. Beck for your information, some people have not been as fortunate as you to have had the opportunity to attend a good school such as yourself and obtain a 4 yr. degree.' Also, writing is not a lesson, it is a feeling. 'Literary Voice,' mean anything to you? The dynamics of writing can be taught, but as far as writing, that comes from the heart 'sweet-lips.' Remember, a street writer is a great writer...Best in the business...And by the way, creativity cannot be taught, only discovered! Thank you for your time..."

Cecilia M. writes on March 27, 2007

"So often when reading job descriptions, I think to myself, 'Haven't I read this one already?' This obviously is not the case with yours. My immediate thought was, now this sounds like a place that knows how to have fun!"

Andy M. writes on March 5, 2007

"I can appreciate your humorous attempts, however, seeking employment is a serious matter (at least it is to me), and it's no laughing matter when you are unemployed. Your approach is quite bizarre and perhaps more suitable for your former careers."

Colleen O. writes on August 15, 2007

"I think your site and your recruiting philosophy is by far the most refreshing idea I have ever seen. Your introduction immediately touched me. You understand what it is like to be unique and to be undertaking THE JOB SEARCH...Thank you for opening a recruiting firm. It was a pleasure to read your site and to 'lighten up.'"

Gabor B. writes on September 12, 2006

"I read your description of the job opening at your company, and it made my day. You truly sound like a computer guy yourself the way you described everything and made my morning a LOT more fun today that is for sure."

Douglas R. writes on August 10, 2006:

"That's a pretty funny job listing. Both in the pathetical stereotyping as well as the listed compensation for the metric ass-ton of requirements you're looking for. I doubt you're going to get much by way of responses, especially considering the job is in one of the armpits of Connecticut. I would scale back on the 'humor' and maybe do some market research on the pay scales for even half the skills you're 'requiring.' Take your perspective employees seriously, and they may do the same for you."

Esther R. writes on June 28, 2006:

"I have no idea what IT is, even though it must be something pretty funny to you, since you chose to be sarcastic in order to seek some attention from potential employees. I must have a different sense of humor after all. But yes, it was exactly that what made me forget about applying for this position. Not a good start. When you ask for some qualifications in others you must show some respect at the same time. Even to those who might not be good enough for your company. Because we are all learning more and more every day, and it does not take much to be a nice person. I consider your ad to be rude, but that helped me move to the next one. Thank you, sir. I appreciate your time."

Deirdre writes on May 16, 2006:

"I always know when reading your job descriptions, 'It has to be Mitch.' They do make people laugh. You must like what you do or there wouldn't be any humor in it!! Keep up the good work!"

Deanna C. writes on April 21, 2006

"Greetings, I'm a bit far to apply for this position (especially with the ever rising gas prices), but I wanted to let you know that your ad had me in stitches. Someone there must be a big '24' fan! Thanks for the chuckle. Have a great day!"

Mark K. writes on April 3, 2006:

"Take this comment for what it's worth: In a professional sense, the Dick Cheney comment was pretty unprofessional. Maybe if you're around friends it works but does not in a work setting where you're trying to recruit someone. Or maybe not..."

Cindy B. writes on January 13, 2005

"How imaginative and creative your job announcements are! I have been in the 'biz' of helping people to go to work a long time and haven't stumbled over anything quite like this before. Nice work!"

Rocio N. writes on April 27, 2004

"The best job description I ever read!!!! I don't want to waste your time as I am living in Belgium and I was looking for a customer service job in.... Europe! You really made my day. I would like to congratulate you for being so assertive and encourage people to work with you."

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