I have recently improved the canned response I send to recruiter who send me unsolicited untargeted emails (in other words, spam). I use this as a canned response in gmail, and for the worse offenders, it becomes an automatic response.
Do you think I'm too harsh? Here's what I send.
As this politician would put it...
It's not that I don't like recruiters, I love you guys, but there's a difference between a genuine contact and spam. Here is some useful advice for successfully contacting developers like me from the Stack Overflow Careers blog. Don't make these newbie mistakes:
- Make sure there are no typos, errors and you did not spell my name wrong
- Maybe I already got an email about this job by someone else, don't recycle jobs no one wants
- You, or your company, keep on sending me emails even though I told you not to
- Your email shows that you have no idea about my expertise or the salary is offensively low
- You are playing keyword bingo: just putting in platform keywords to see if I answer. I don't.
- It's a blanket, impersonal form letter. Should you expect anything else than a blanket response?
- You are trying to get names of hiring managers or other programmers from me. Just don't. It makes me sad.
- You don't tell me the name of the company and the salary - you really need to put both, sorry.
- The job title or job description you sent do not make any sense. Forgot to do your research? ;-)
- You don't reference anything about me in particular, why are you contacting me?
I would kindly ask you to review the above points if you'd like to contact me further.
A software engineer & Stack Overflow alumnus in London. I write about software development, coding, architecture and team leadership. I also speak at conferences worldwide.About me
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