) Mockworthy Recruiting Spam
: I feel the urge to complain about a particular kind of spam yet feel a little uncouth doing so on my main blog. So then I remembered: Spam As Folk Art! Hi, three people who still follow this feed.
If you were a tech recruiter seeking a project manager or community wrangler, I could see how I would pop up on your radar. I'm not interested -- I'm happy at the Wikimedia Foundation -- but at least I would understand.
But recruiters who think that I must be an engineer, because I've worked on GNOME and I have a GitHub account, make me laugh.
Subject: Hello from redacted name of big tech company!
From: redacted name native to South Asia
I hope you're well. I came across your profile in Gnome Outreach program.
I hope you're well. My name is redacted and I am a recruiter here at redacted.
I am writing to introduce myself and was wondering if you would be open to confidentially exploring engineering or management opportunities with redacted.
In the event that you're happily employed, but know of any engineers of your quality who may be on the market, please don't hesitate to pass along my contact information....
First: I will notice if you misspell my name. (And you have nearly no excuse, person with name native to the exact same part of India as mine!) Second: I can think of approximately 500 engineers of my "quality" who are on the job market, because I am not an engineer
. Within GNOME I worked on marketing, GNOME Journal, documentation, bug triage, and project management.
Subject: Web Application Engineer
From: redacted name of recruiting firm
<p>Are you interested in a new job opportunity? We checked out some of your git repos and we found a job opportunity that fits your skills. Twitter in San Francisco is hiring web application engineers.</p>
Yes, the <p> and </p> tags were in the original. Someone wasn't counting on people who read email in plain text. And my GitHub repo
has exactly one item of interest (my update to someone's README file)
, and within Wikimedia's git repositories
I've tested the system by adding some comments to an example extension
. If that means that a web application engineer role at Twitter "fits my skills" then I am a tuna fish sandwich.
Speaking of "wait, plaintext?":
Well hello there, and welcome to the latest Ticket Alternative newsletter!
You've opted to receive the text version which is really boring. You can't see any of the pretty pictures we've added or be wowed by the colorful design.
So, click the link at the top of this email to view the online version and we promise to make you smile....
Thanks for reminding me to unsubscribe from the "newsletter" for a service I only signed up for to buy one measly theater or concert ticket, Ticket Alternative! (Oh, and of course, there was no link to the online newsletter in the plaintext email.)