Quondam Dreams

Friday, May 09, 2008

Another Friendly Note To Recruiters

Hi, gang. Thanks, as always, for your calls over these past few months. I appreciate your taking the time to reach out to me; your time is, of course, incredibly valuable. As is mine. So let's use it wisely, shall we? I've been out of work for three months now, so we're clearly not using it well.

I know that most of you only read the first three lines of my resume when it comes up in a search. That's why I cram all the important stuff into the first three lines, and why you should take a moment to look at the search hit in context.

While I'm flattered that you think I'm some hotshot PHP programmer, if coding were my strong point, I'd bump it up from third to first position. And I'd certainly do something more than hide the PHP in a list of things of which I have "working knowledge".

Also, could you maybe do just a teensy bit of research on the positions you're pitching? I don't ask that you do a site visit or anything strenuous -- just look up terms with which you're unfamiliar, like they taught you in third grade.

Here, I'll make it easy for you. Based on conversations I've had in the past couple of weeks, here's a list of things between which you should review the differences:

JSP vs. Java vs. JavaScript
Content development vs. design vs. coding
Building content management systems vs. managing content
Copywriting vs. technical writing
Los Angeles vs. Diamond Bar

There are more, of course, but that should be enough to keep you busy.

'Kay? 'Kay. Yay!


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