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How to Alienate a Recruiter

REMINDER:  When looking for a job, focus on what you can do for your employer, not what they can do for you!  I received a hysterical email last night that was NOT a good example of this and thought I’d share.

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CRITICAL: Must Wear Jeans?

Seriously….this candidate sent this to me.  Wow, I can’t wait to call him.  He clearly is focused on helping my company.  I can’t wait to get to know him.

Summary:  IT Manager looking to transition from a corporate environment to a jeans-casual environment

Currently, I have limited access to my personal cell phone and personal e-mail during the business day.  Hopefully, the following FAQ will answer your initial screening questions.

* Career Direction:  “Hands-on” Technical Management
* Northern VA Salary:  $125k+ with Full Benefits
* Salary History:  Confidential
* Relocation:  Anywhere in Virginia
* Work in DC or MD:  Only for a FS polygraph
* Citizenship:  U.S.
* Clearances:  TS/SCI with CI polygraph
* Best Contact Method:  E-mail

CRITICAL (Non-negotiable):
* W2 Salary (no 1099 or hourly, please)
* Good Benefits (Health, 401(k), PTO)
* Jeans-casual (Monday – Friday)
* Minimal Travel
* On-site Parking
* On-site access to Hotmail

If you would like to proceed to a phone interview, I am generally available after 5 p.m.  As a professional courtesy, I would request that (1) my personal cell number not be added to any files or databases, and (2) all recruiting-related calls occur after work.


I particularly love that he must wear jeans M-F and that it’s critical that he has Hotmail access.    It’s also handy that he gave instructions for how to pursue a phone interview….I mean who wouldn’t want to phone interview him?

Poor guy….

Photo:  Vivian Chen

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  1. July 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Maybe he really, really, really, really wants a job at Google (check out #9 http://www.google.com/about/corporate/company/tenthings.html). Unfortunately, with Google deleting private profiles, the Top Secret clearance is pretty much out the window. At least his email gave me some entertainment for the morning – thanks for sharing!

    • July 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      Michael, I really like that list, actually! You CAN be serious, without a suit…I’m a walking example. However, there is a way to get there.

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