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Comment: Ooh! A letter of apology! (Score 1) 81

Try taking that with you to the bank when you try applying for a loan after your credit has been trashed by an identity thief. See how far along the loan approval process that letter gets you.

WTF are you supposed to do with a damned letter? Feel all warm and fuzzy that they care?

Comment: Re:CareerBuilder AND Monster are Job Spammers (Score 1) 227

by rnturn (#49603443) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think

``IF THE JOB DOES NOT CONSIST MOSTLY OF DOING MATH AND REQUIRE THE WORKER TO BE LICENSED BY THE STATE, IT IS WRONG TO TITLE IT "ENGINEER!"''

You forgot the people who actually drive trains. An old friend of mine is that kind of engineer.

The argument over who should be called an "engineer" has been going on since the '70s. At least. It's only gotten worse over those 40+ years. Lately, it seems to be the job-title-enhancer of choice by employers who aren't willing to offer a higher salary. "Maybe they'll like a fancier title... We'll call them an engineer."

Comment: Re:You Got H1b !!! (Score 1) 227

by rnturn (#49600527) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think

``I hadn't asked, we hadn't discussed the particulars of the job/my skills etc.''

The classic is when the recruiter calls about a [generic job title] position and the first thing out of the recruiter's mouth is "How much are making?" before even telling you what the job's requirements are.

Comment: Re:Every Damn Day (Score 1) 227

by rnturn (#49600481) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think
I wouldn't go as far as setting up some sort of auto-responder. But I do have a canned letter that I started using to cut-n-paste into a reply to emails that were for positions outside my desired geographic location. Essentially, it read "Thank you for contacting me about the [fill-in-the-position-name] position. While my background appears to be a good fit for this position, I am not currently considering positions outside the [current city] vicinity." Some of the replies generate a nice "Thank you. I'll keep your information on file..." response. Others are ignored and they continue to send me emails about "long term" 3 month contracts (not even C2H) for jobs that I'm barely qualified for that are halfway across the country.

Comment: I've only skimmed the article so far... (Score 1) 227

by rnturn (#49600441) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think

...but it seems the author isn't really talking about receiving 30 job offers. I can easily imagine receiving 30 calls about job openings a month. I've gotten as many as ten calls -- not emails, calls -- in one day. Granted, several of those wind up being for the same job but those calls are not offers. They're not even a guarantee that you'll be selected for a phone screen let alone a face-to-face interview.

Comment: Re:Every Damn Day (Score 1) 227

by rnturn (#49600389) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think

I started receiving office management job ads partly, I assume, because my resume contained "administrator" and "manager". The laugh-out-loud ad was for an administrative assistant. For some reason I'd also started receiving near-daily ads for legal jobs, utility jobs (I used to know the lyrics to "Wichita Lineman" but I doubt that experience counts), and transit jobs (bus driver and cabbie jobs). Idjits.

It wouldn't surprise me to, one day, receive an email for an urgent job for which my experience with "the" makes me the ideal candidate. Oh, and it'll be halfway across the state to boot. Five hour commute each way? I've actually had a few recruiters wonder why I thought that might be a bit of a problem.

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