Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Attention Recruiters

Attention Recruiters: You have 30 seconds to impress me with your proposal in my voicemail box. Please use them wisely. Here are a few tips.

  • At least make sure to clearly enunciate the name of your company. You must say that name a hundred times a day. At least this once please make sure it is intelligible! Unfortunately 80% of the calls I've received thus far have failed at this simple task.
  • I will Google you. I don't care what your phone number is. I want your web site and company name (see above). I want to know what cool projects you're working on. I want to know what your work environment is like. Tell me something interesting besides the generic company spiel. Entice me to call back.
  • Don't call me about "an exciting opportunity in [my] field." Where did you get my phone number? I don't want to hear from you unless you know at least something about who I am. Prove to me that you are not just randomly dialing your way through the company directory. If someone recommended me please tell me who did. I have a blog and I actively participate in several open source communities. You should be able to learn something about me.
  • If you can do this, I might just call you back...

    Edit: I've been receiving unsolicited calls from recruiters on my office voicemail. So far only one has managed to pique my interest. Even so, the recruiter said: "We're a company of 300 people but we still feel like a startup.". What? You mean chaotic and disorganized but too large for me to get a valuable equity stake? C'mon...

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