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Bottom feeders coming out of the woodwork

January 25th, 2008 (09:29 am)
amused

current mood: amused

(And, yeah, that's probably a mixed metaphor.)

Wednesday my Monster job search agent turned up a listing for a job requiring Erlang (a nice language, but a fairly rare one). I have a little Erlang (an experiment at Akamai; I built a DNS server from scratch, to learn the language and get a feel for how fast it'd run), so it's on my résumé. Since then four recruiters have contacted me about this same job. All people I've never heard of before, mostly in low-cost places like Colorado. It's gotten so common that, this morning, when I checked voicemail, Cynthia knew it was an Erlang recruiter almost right away.

It gets better. I thought I'd heard something along these lines earlier, so I checked back in my saved email. I got two of these notes last week; apparently the listing showed up on Dice first. I didn't think much about them—it's a telecommute-only position, which, combined with the spam, made me think it was something shady—but it's the same job. In fact, one of them is from one the same recruiters.

It's ridiculous. These guys apparently have nothing better to do than cold-call someone they've never heard of, for a client that's never heard of them, based on having a language they've never heard of. They must be just Googling for "resume erlang", and variants, and finding me. But they must be working really hard at that, since I'm not in the top 30 on any reasonable variant. This led me to wonder how bothered the guy at the top of the list must be—and then I realized that I knew him, back when I was in math grad school at University of Chicago.

Makes me appreciate the good recruiters I've worked with.

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Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)

Erlang
Erlang
Erlang
Erlang
Erlang
Erlang
Erlang
Erlang
Erlang
Erlang

We could amend the answering machine message. "If you are calling about the telecommute Erlang job, I saw it online weeks ago. No thank you."

Edit: Since you know him, you should email him and ask him if he's getting oodles of Erlang calls, too.

Edited at 2008-01-25 02:44 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)

We could amend the answering machine message.

Nah, it's more fun to keep count.

you should email him and ask him if he's getting oodles of Erlang calls, too.

Did that last night. No answer yet; but he's on Pacific time.

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Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: January 25th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Re: It's "Roaches coming out of the woodwork"

Nah, roaches are easier to squish.

Clarification: he's not the top Erlang developer or anything; he's just the first one that comes up on Google for "erlang resume".

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