I don’t know exactly how it happened, but I am in the databases of many recruiting companies. This is a list of answers to frequently asked questions recruiters may have.
1. Are you willing to relocate?
2. Are you willing to telecommute?
Not really. I have tried that in the past and found it doesn’t work well for me on an extended basis. I can work from home periodically, but for any sort of long term engagement, I need to be around the people I’m working with.
3. We have a job in <some other city>. Are you interested?
No. See question #1.
3. Your skills look like a great match for this position we have. Can we setup a phone call to chat?
First of all, I am not looking for any development positions.
- I do not want to be a C# developer.
- I do not want to be a Visual Basic.Net developer
- I do not want to be a web developer. That includes:
- Not wanting to be a MVC developer
- Not wanting to be an ASP.Net developer
- I do not want to be a database administrator
So if you still think you have a great opportunity for me, make sure that you have actually read my resume. If all you did was run a keyword scanner and found my name, we’re probably not going to work out.
If you actually read my resume and have an idea of what I am looking for and still think your position is a match, then you can contact me by email. That’s my preferred means of communication. If we are still interested in things after a few email exchanges, perhaps then a phone call can be arranged.
4. Are you interested in this long-term contract position we have?
No. I was a contract employee for many years. I am not interested in being a contractor anymore.
5. Are you available for hire as a full-time employee?
I’m a citizen of the United States of America so that makes me available from the standpoint of not needing a visa. I am open to hearing about position openings, but I’m happy where I am so it’s not likely that you have a opportunity that will actually make me want to make a move.
6. Do you know anyone else who might be available?
At the grocery store, they have “self-serve” checkout lanes. They want me to check myself out and bag my own groceries. They pay some very nice people to do that, but they want me to do it for myself for free. No. I don’t work for the grocery store. Along those same lines, your company pays you to find people. I appreciate that networking is a powerful tool, but your company doesn’t pay me so I’m not doing that work for you.