I got a call from a recruiter today. It's been a little while since that happened, but some tech companies are hiring again.

Anyway, she was calling to confirm that I got her e-mail the other day. (I hadn't.) Upon further investigation, we discovered she had spelled my e-mail address incorrectly. So she began to tell me about this position (not that I'm looking for a job). One of the first things she told me was the location: New Jersey.

I stopped her right there and tried to politely inform her that it didn't matter what the job was because the location wasn't appealing at all. No offense if you happen to live in New Jersey, but I don't want to live or work there. It's one of many places I'd rather not work, in fact.

Anyway, she seemed surprised by this. That, of course, surprised me. Do people not normally tell recruiters not to waste their time if they know they're not interested?

If you happen to be in the NJ area and are interested in being a Development Manager at a second tier search company, let me know. I'll gladly put you in touch.

Of course, if you happen to live in California (or would like to) and would prefer to work for a first tier company, let me know too. I'll gladly put you in touch with someone else.

Posted by jzawodn at March 19, 2004 12:50 PM

Reader Comments
# Matthew Drouin said:

I once had recruiter call me about a job in the San Deigo area. It seemed like a good job, pay was very good, but it was linux system administration (I would rather do development but for the money I could have done administration).

I told the lady I would do an interview. So she setup a phone interview. The next day she called me back to get me in touch with the people and she said "You will be able to tell me once the interview is over if you are going to take the job right?"

Realize at the time I lived in Florida so I was like are you crazy. How can I tell you if I am going to take a job clear across the country after just doing a quick phone interview? She said "Well if you cannot tell me right when you finish the interview I cannot let you do the interview."

Needless to say I was very confused and the lady did not like the fact that it would take me a day or two to think it over so I had to end up hanging up on her. It was so odd.

on March 19, 2004 01:19 PM
# Derek said:

A first-tier search company? Oh, that's right, I forgot you know some people at Google. :-P

on March 19, 2004 01:21 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Yeah, and it's amazing that they still speak to me.

on March 19, 2004 01:23 PM
# Craig said:

I've noticed a recent surge in cold-calls and cold-emails from recruiters. Just in the last 2 weeks or so. And it's not that any of them heard that I'm leaving NAI at the end of next week; they just coincidentally all seem to have discovered my online resume, which hasn't changed in a long time, and is in the same place it always was. Maybe google just re-indexed and the new PageRank does a better job of identifying worth-hiring peoples' resumes?

on March 19, 2004 01:42 PM
# Anonymous Coward said:

I don't think the recruiter was surprised but rather thought you where a loonie.. You know all those NY people think it's the center of the F'n universe and nothing beats it..

lol, that kills me..

on March 19, 2004 01:43 PM
# Ed said:

re: AC

NY people hate jersey more than anyone.

on March 19, 2004 03:28 PM
# katie said:

What? Don't you want to work for AskJolene.com? :)

on March 19, 2004 03:36 PM
# Courtney said:

I got called yesterday, and I found it quite bizarre. Never had that happen to me, and I have almost no 'puter skills compared to you people. They're hiring in Pittsburgh if anybody's interested...

on March 19, 2004 04:49 PM
# Steve Friedl said:

Q - What's the state flower of New Jersey?
A - Asphalt

Good call, Jeremy

on March 19, 2004 07:44 PM
# randy stewart said:

hi jeremy - long time reader, first time commenter

this is actually something that's been bugging me a lot lately. I've gotten calls from various large south bay internet companies (and some in seattle), but flatly turned them down as I do not want to commute far out of the city. I figured in the time I spent at Y!, I'd spent almost 3 months of my life commuting. I love the company, but it would be difficult to do that commute again.

on March 19, 2004 11:45 PM
# Philip Tellis said:

No idea how relevant this is, but I've been getting regular mails about positions for a Progress/Webspeed developer. It's been 4 years since I've done any of that.

on March 20, 2004 12:04 PM
# eddacker said:

I have always want_edd to be intelligent
LIKE Ethan Havke or Bono

on March 20, 2004 06:37 PM
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