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Dear Candidate

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Every so often, I get an email that looks like:

Dear Candidate,

While conducting a search for our client we came across your resume and it appears to be a good match for this opportunity. Blah blah fast-paced blah blah great benefits blah blah and so on.

Using the word "candidate" is not only presupposing, but a sign of laziness. Even the male enhancement spammers can personalize their messages. I'm sure the recruiter will have his pick of top talent with emails like this.

I think I'll reply with the following.

Dear [Recruiter Name],

Thank you for getting in touch about the [Position Name] offer with [Company Name]. Unfortunately, I'm busy on a project that will generate automated responses to mass mail job offers. I'm still working out a few bugs.


[My Name]

Geoff Appleby Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Very cool.

But you should have signed it 'Candidate'. :)
scott Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Doh! That would be much better :)
Vijay shankar ganesh K Thursday, August 10, 2006
yea :) ... really lame mails, totally impersonal. Good reply :) I guess I should borrow that idea.
Laurent Kempé Thursday, August 10, 2006
I would be really interested in your tool ;-)
Rob Garrett Friday, August 11, 2006
Ok I just received an email addressed to me as "Dear Candidate". I just could not resist cut and pasting your template response into an email and sending it on it's way.

Normally I am nice to recruiters, you never know when you may need them, but in this case the person (or machine) that drafted me an email hasn't a clue:

Requirements for the job included expert knowledge of Windows Vista, proficiency in Atlas, and ability to demonstrate expert knowledge of Office Server 2007.

Errr, aren't all these products beta? In which case no-one (except MS staff) can really call themselves experts in these areas, can they?
scott Saturday, August 12, 2006
Rob - that's crazy. I remember when recruiters were looking for 5 years of C# experience in 2001.
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