Craig Rowe

Techlead / Developer

20th July 2009

I love the dev community for this reason:

One of the reasons I've always enjoyed being part of the web is the fantastic people it attracts. Rarely have I met someone in the industry that I couldn't get on with on some level... and today that view was reinforced.

Anyways on with the story... as with many others, when I first left University I signed up to a bunch of recruitment sites, as well as applying to companies direct (in classic 'keep as many options open as possible stylé'). When doing so, I signed up to the unwritten law that I would thereafter receive more spam than actual e-mail - I was once even berated by some crazy recruiter for telling him I had a job (after he'd ran through a minute long rant about a job opportunity without stopping for breath).

Therefore I'm quite used to deleting a lot of e-mails from my inbox on a daily basis. So much so that I didn't stop to think about it until I saw that a couple of e-mails had the same subject line with 'RE:'...

It started with:

Good evening,

I specialise in placing IT Contractors across the UK and Europe and I have the following vacancy that you may be interested...

Addressed to a company address and copied to well over 500 possible applicants. This was then succinctly followed by the first reply...

"This e-mail is confidential and is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed"

so that's all fucking 640 of us then?

Marked as spam for sharing people's email addresses and possibly breaking some sort of data protection law, though how you got these email addresses is questionable to begin with as I have never given mine to you.

and this...

This amuses me.

Recruitment FAIL.

I’m sure if you’d like help developing a mail distribution system though Mr [.....], there’s 640 of us that could potentially help you.

and finally...

Dude - that was magnificent! I've never heard of [.....], [.....] and I've certainly never given anyone permission to give my email to them either.

Now it might just be me in a late Monday night computer stupor but that definately cheered up my day! I must then add (personal ad stylé) 'GSOH' as an extra point for Paul's recent post.

Cheers to the guys who I've quoted here!


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