A note to recruiters

This is a brief guide for recruiters complementing my resume and what I am like to work with.

Please don't waste your or my time. If in doubt, do not contact me. I want the one right position, not any position. For the company I want to be the right person not any person. I realise you have quotas to make and clients to please, but you could end up being written about or someone will get so fed up that they make a public list of bad recruiters. (My list is approaching 70 companies long and I have got fed up enough to list them here having blocked them all at my email server.)

Include the company name

The vast majority of the time, I already know all about the company and am not interested. Being coy won't change my mind.

You have already had the opportunity to google me comprehensively. I want that same opportunity. I will see how the company presents itself to its customers in terms of what problems they solve, and how that is achieved technically. I'll check linkedin. I'll see what employees post and where. (Email headers will also tell me about use of operating systems internally.) I'll see what other people say about the company, vision and products. I'll check domain records. I'll look for resumes for existing employees, and especially for ones who have left.

You couldn't possibly include all that information in an email, and even if you did I wouldn't trust it as complete!

If you have some issue about not getting paid if I find out who the company is or other bizarre trust issues with your clients then I certainly don't want to get involved.

Startup/small company

I really mean this. A company with 60,000 employees and $40 billion in revenue founded in 1982 does not count. 5,000 employees and $1 billion in revenue does not count either. All the employees fitting in a small room with up to a few million in revenue or funding is good. To understand why this matters:

Large groups
As any group of people gets larger, they get collectively slower and collectively stupider. Some companies try hard to mitigate the rate at which it happens but it always happens.
Compound interest
The earlier I am involved the more of an effect I can have and the more that affects things down the line. Being the 60,001st employee isn't going to make a dent, but being the 6th sure will.
Commitment to success
I am the sort of person who wants to make the company successful. I always want more for the products and customers. I don't argue about the glass being half full or half empty, but rather that we should have a much bigger glass and fill that!
Who cares about the customers?

Larger companies go out of their way to avoid their customers. Some hate their customers so much that they find other companies to do the talking and find this so important that they then use the lowest bidder. It does not get good results. Others just don't talk to you at all. Most usually have a set of 10 answers and no matter what happens, you'll be getting one of those answers.

I like the customers being close. They are using your products or wanting to. They ultimately pay your salary. They have ideas. They put things in perspective. They find flaws in product or assumptions. Putting as many obfuscating layers between them and the product creators as possible is a really stupid thing to do (see stupid and slow above). This is the right kind of thing to do.

I should know that

Some emails have included long explanations of what virtualization, cloud computing and similar industry topics are. If I am not already familiar with them and unable to look them up, then you certainly wouldn't want to hire me. I certainly would not want to work for a company that hires people who aren't familiar with them and can't look them up.

Send us your resume in Word format

My resume is in HTML and can be viewed from almost any machine on the planet. If you can only deal with one format then you can do the conversion. Hint: Word can directly open HTML/web content. You can also copy and paste from the browser. LibreOffice can export to pdf.

Update your entry in our database

I didn't put an entry in your database.

Call me

I'd be happy to. But first I want to make sure the company, products, people and position are at least appropriate and worthwhile. I don't want to waste your or my time. Witholding information in order to convince me to call you, merely convinces me that the opportunity is not worth bothering with.

Presentation matters

Your email reflects on the company. The company name is sometimes mis-spelt! Tech people like stuff that is direct and to the point, and do not consider it rude. I think it shows respect for time of both parties. I am also going to consider what sort of people your email is likely to attract and if I want to work with them.

Hustle, timeliness and attention to detail matters

When it takes weeks to setup interviews, there are repeated cancellations and moving of meetings, no one appears to talk to each other and detail in communications appears to be ignored then I have to assume these are endemic in the company and not just the recruiting process. Additionally it is highly annoying to be on the receiving end of that.