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-How to Uninterest Me in Your Job Opening
-========================================
-:author: Aaron Ball
-:email: nullspoon@iohq.net
-
-
-
-I have been recieving an incredible amount of job calls and emails lately. I
-mean, so many that I'm concerned my cell phone minutes will go over my alotted
-450 (sure, I don't have to answer those calls). For whatever reason, I actually
-read through most of these emails. However, lately my brain has been tuning its
-spam filters to reduce the strain of going through that much junk. For you head
-hunters out there, here is my personal list of easy ways to uninterest me in
-your job opening. You might want to pay attention because I suspect I speak for
-a lot of people.
-
-1. Using words like **URGENT**, **NEED**, **ASAP**, and/or *OPPORTUNITY*
-+
-This will not make me want to answer your email any faster. It will, in fact,
-make me sad to see an email from you and not want to do business with you ever.
-
-2. Writing subject lines all or mostly in caps
-+
-Your excessive use of caps lock will only deter me from reading your email. All
-caps says to me "no one is interested in this job for a good reason so I will
-resort to doing whatever I can to make sure that people read the subject of
-this email".
-
-3. Telling me there is a need for a <job title> in my area
-+
-You see, now it just looks like you're spamming me using key words from my
-website. If you have a job in my area, tell me what the job is and who it's for
-- not that there is one.
-
-4. Describing in the job requriements that I must be able to "operate well
- within time constraints and be able to multi-task in a fast-paced
- environment"
-+
-I understand there are some exceptions to this but most jobs require this. In
-fact, I can't remember a single recruiter email yet that hasn't mentioned this.
-
-5. Use the words "fast-paced environment"
-+
-This one is almost a sure fire way of getting me to delete your email in a
-fast-paced way. I have had really bad experiences with this one. I'm sure you
-mean well and intend this to say "__dynamic changing environment__", but to me
-this says "__lots and lots of unpaid overtime__".
-
-6. Make it clear to me that you found me only on a few keywords on my resume
- and offer me a job that is not even remotely close to what I do.
-+
-Just because the keyword _Java_ is in "Java Application Administrator" on my
-resume doesn't mean I'm a "Java programmer".
-
-7. Offer a 3 to 4 month contract in another state where the cost of living is
- far higher than where I am now
-+
-Does anyone ever take these? I just don't see a reason to move to another state
-for "3 to 4 months" other than just wanting to visit that state.
-
-8. A job regarding ways to make SuperUberplexes of moneys from home working
- only a small number of hours per week
-+
-Call me closed minded but I view these as either pyramid schemes or
-get-rich-quick schemes. I've seen many of these and they either land people in
-jail or fizzle out with little to no consequence or profit.
-
-9. Call or email me when you clearly know only a small amount of English
-+
-What do you think outsourcing your recruiters says to me? If I ask a very
-simple question and it is not understood, not because I didn't phrase it right
-but because the recruiter doesn't know the words, I will not be very interested
-in your job opening or company.
-
-10. Send me an email that is obviously a generated template
-+
-The sentence "Our records show that you are an experienced IT professional with
-experience In . Net Developer This experience is relevant to one of my current
-openings. <Paste opening title from website here>" is clearly generated.
-Firstly, the word *in* should not be capitalized In the middle of a sentence,
-even if In a title. Also, it's **.Net**, not **. Net**. Additionally, you
-missed a period. Most likely when you copied and pasted the job title in your
-sentence you overwrote the period at the end.
-
-
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+How to Uninterest Me in Your Job Opening
+========================================
+:author: Aaron Ball
+:email: nullspoon@iohq.net
+:sectnums:
+
+
+I have been receiving an incredible amount of job calls and emails lately. I
+mean, so many that I'm concerned my cell phone minutes will go over my allotted
+450 (sure, I don't have to answer those calls). For whatever reason, I actually
+read through most of these emails. However, lately my brain has been tuning its
+spam filters to reduce the strain of going through that much junk. For you head
+hunters out there, here is my personal list of easy ways to uninterest me in
+your job opening. You might want to pay attention because I suspect I speak for
+a lot of people.
+
+
+**Update 2018.11.28**
+
+Wow. This post is really old but is still seeing traffic. I suppose it's time
+to rewrite that intro paragraph a bit.
+
+I am **still** receiving an incredible amount of calls from recruiters, but
+instead of worrying about my 450 minutes and overages, I now worry all the
+calls will crash my cell carrier's logging system due to log flooding. The
+calls are bad, but the emails are worse now. Due to this, I actually started
+developing a filter script that uses
+link:http://bogofilter.sourceforge.net/[bogofilter] to detect patterns in
+poorly written job emails and automatically filter them into a "jobs.bad"
+directory.
+
+In light of that, this post is no longer about how to uninterest me in your job
+opening, but rather how to avoid being caught by my Bayesian filter and regular
+expressions. :)
+
+
+
+Subject lines that tell me nothing
+----------------------------------
+
+I just dug through my jobs.bad directory to get a list of the worst offenders.
+Here are a few examples of this one. The subject lines tell me nothing. If you
+can decipher these easily, send me an email. Maybe I'm missing a trick to
+reading email that I should know.
+
+* JobNotification(4370535922B4F7A49)
+* __<Company>__ Job Opportunity #715807
+* HIGH PRIORITY ||
+* Job Description
+* Check this role out
+* Trying to reach you.........
+* Good day!
+* New offer
+* Staff wanted
+* Next steps
+* Your resume
+* Urgent requirement
+* Checking in
+* Devops
+* Job description: DEVELOPER II - 0012312578
+* Please submit your resume
+
+Those aren't very helpful. The subject line should contain a simple summary of
+the email body (like a well-written git commit log). Imagine if journalists
+titled their articles like this. Reading the news would be very difficult.
+
+Comically, while writing this section of the post, I received two job emails.
+One was titled "Checking-In" and the other "Trying To reach You // Linux System
+Engineer". At least the second one is relatively good.
+
+
+Have an "optout" or "unsubscribe" link anywhere in your email
+-------------------------------------------------------------
+
+I see these relatively frequently unfortunately. It seems a [large] number of
+recruitment firms scrape job boards for email addresses, then subscribe them to
+their mailing lists without first requesting permission.
+
+When I realized these were coming in, I set up a simple filter that searched
+for any emails with those words in the body and automatically moved them into
+my "jobs.bad" directory. This filter looks like (I'm a mutt user if you can't
+tell)...
+
+ ~bhttp.*(unsubscribe|optout)
+
+
+
+Using words like URGENT, NEED, ASAP, and/or OPPORTUNITY
+-------------------------------------------------------
+
+This will not make me want to answer your email any faster. Because of these
+emails, I have another regex filter to clean these out. It looks like...
+
+ ~s[A-Z]{4,}
+
+I do glance over emails that match that filter, since that is a very permissive
+one that could match a great number of emails, including good ones. It does
+usually return about 90% job emails that I ignore and are subsequently moved
+into my "jobs.bad" directory.
+
+
+
+Writing subject lines all or mostly in caps
+-------------------------------------------
+
+This is pretty much the same as the last section. Using all caps makes your
+email stand out, but only in a bad way. My previously defined filter matches
+these emails and they get moved into my "jobs.bad" directory.
+
+
+
+Telling me there is a need for a <job title> in my area
+-------------------------------------------------------
+
+Firstly, the phrase "in your area" tells me you don't know where I live. That
+also means you probably aren't near me, otherwise you would say the state name
+at least.
+
+Further, this subject line looks like it is generated. When I work with
+recruiters, I typically pick the most human recruiters I can. This means they
+are friendly, have lives and interests outside of work, don't read from a
+script or email from a template, and have at least a basic understanding of
+what they are recruiting for. A generated email tells me you are likely none of
+these things.
+
+
+
+Describe the role using buzzwords that apply to every role
+----------------------------------------------------------
+
+Some examples...
+
+* "Must operate well within time constraints"
+* "Must be able to multi-task"
+* "Must feel comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic, and flexible
+ environment"
+* "Must be able to provide status reports"
+* "Requires excellent communications skills, both verbal and written"
+
+
+I understand there are some exceptions to this statement, but most jobs require
+these things because that is what software development, working on a team, and
+being a human requires.
+
+
+
+Use your first/last name to convey additional information
+---------------------------------------------------------
+
+Some examples...
+
+[options="header"]
+|===
+| First name | Last Name
+| shebaa | Recruiter
+| Andrew | has jobs for you
+| Bill | <company name>, Inc.
+| John Johnson | from <company name>
+| Recruitment | team
+| Direct | Client Requirement
+|===
+
+This is mostly just annoying. The spammers do this to to make it look like
+emails are coming from "Microsoft Support" or whatever the phishing campaign of
+the day is. If spammers are doing it to get people's attention, should you?
+
+The one that I object to the least is "Firstname Lastname Company", since that
+actually tells me who you are, though your email address does the same.
+
+
+
+Unrelated jobs from out-of-context keywords from my resume
+----------------------------------------------------------
+
+Probably about ten percent of the bad job emails I get do this. Just because
+the keyword _Java_ is in "Java Middleware Administrator" on my resume doesn't
+mean I'm a "Java programmer". If I was a .Net developer 10 years ago and
+haven't touched it since, it's likely that I am not going to go back to doing
+it again, nor will the company be interested in me as my skills will be quite
+rusty.
+
+
+Very short contract in another state
+------------------------------------
+
+Chances are, I will not be moving for a 3-6 month contract in another state.
+This is especially true if the state has a significantly higher cost of living
+than where I am now, like California, New York, and Virginia. Further, I
+certainly wouldn't consider a short role in another state if the company won't
+pay relocation fees or allow remote work.
+
+To the credit of the recruiters though, I'm sure some people take these roles,
+especially if they aren't tied down like I am (eg: no spouse, mortgage, pet,
+etc). Chance are though, if they're moving around this frequently, they aren't
+doing it under contract, but as a consultant.
+
+
+
+Offer me Superuberplexes more money than I'm making now
+-------------------------------------------------------
+
+A job regarding ways to make SuperUberplexes of moneys from home working only a
+small number of hours per week just sounds like a scam. I have only received
+one call/email like this that was legitimate, and it was with an oil and gas
+company. This industry happens to have more money than nearly every other
+industry in the country.
+
+
+
+Make me click on a link to view the job description
+---------------------------------------------------
+
+Nope.
+
+
+
+Inconsistent company or recruiter names
+---------------------------------------
+
+I don't see these very often, but I get a chuckle when I do. Sometimes I will
+see emails where the from name is something like "Bill Johnson", but the
+signature of the email is "Jared Philips". My best guess here is that a
+recruiter inherited another recruiters computer and login and didn't finish
+updating their email client. Regardless of the explanation though, this isn't
+very professional.
+
+Very concerning though is when I get an email where the subject or from lines
+contain the company name, but the "hi my name is... from...." doesn't match.
+For example:
+
+----
+From: Bill Anderson from Coolcruiters
+Subject: Bouncy Castle Developer position in San Francisco
+Body:
+
+Hi!
+
+My name is Jared Leiperspachenphinzentel. I am a recruiter with Fun-ops Devops
+Recruitment Firm.
+...
+----
+
+I made up some of those names to avoid using any real names (if your last name
+is Leiperspachenphinzentel though, please email me - I will buy you a beer).
+Regardless of the fictional nature of those names, I do see emails like this
+where the from line is not remotely like the name the recruiter says they work
+for.
+
+The only guess I can come up with for this one is that the company changed
+names and people didn't update their email clients to match. As mentioned
+though, still unprofessional.
+
+
+
+Summary
+-------
+
+I hope you got a chuckle out of this post as I did. Some of these examples pass
+annoying and end solidly in the realm of hilarious.
+
+If you are a recruiter reading this, despite some of the annoyed tone in this
+post, know that I will not be mean to you if you call me. I am always friendly
+and professional to recruiters, though I don't always say "yes, I'm on the job
+market". I wrote this post for those annoyed by bad recruiter practices and for
+recruiters who want to know how to reach me (or how to avoid being blocked).
+
+On a related note, if you **really** want to impress me and stay in my inbox or
+even make it to my "hall-of-fame" directory, send me an PGP encrypted and
+signed email.
+
+
+[role="datelastedit"]
+Last edited: {docdate} {doctime}
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