This is an excerpt from a letter I received from a reader recently. Don’t do this!
I especially agree with your advice to students, since I (somewhat) recently graduated myself (’08). I get contacted by a ton of students from my alma mater and I am often discouraged by their lack of awareness about the corporate world. I had a kid call me up and after I spent 30 minutes talking to him about my job/the industry (he had no questions for me or insight into what differentiated my company in the market), he asked ME to monitor the job board at my company and “let him know” if there were “any jobs that might appeal to him.”
I’ve been on the receiving end of this too. It’s bizarre.