Dear Recruiters, I cannot hear you. You do not speak my language.

Dear Recruiters,

I cannot hear you. You do not speak my language.

TL;DR; – why I spambox your messages

A while ago, I learned that many business folks speak a different language from me as an engineer. When talking to them about cool technologies, algorithms, and making a legacy built on software, they are trying to figure out how to map that to their world – revenue and expenses. Without talking in their terms, I was losing them in mere seconds.

I bring this up, because it seems most recruiters have an upside down view of how I seek a new full time opportunity.

“Urgent opportunity!”, “Software engineer position in Nowhere, ID”, and “great comprehensive packages” are not what I am looking for.

If you want to speak my language, tell me:

  • How does this role matter?
  • What kind of people will I work with?
  • Does management have a clear vision of the kind of future they want to pursue?
  • Does the business have sufficient resources to reasonably tackle these problems?
  • How far along in the process are they?
  • What challenges still remain?

In short, if I work on achieving someone else’s dreams, it must also fit my own. My dream is that I change the world for the better in meaningful ways for as many people as possible. I specifically want to reduce their suffering and increase their quality of life.

I end with:

“How is your message helping me achieve my dreams?”

Regards,
John Goodwin

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