I get enough of these types of emails that I basically don’t even really read them any more.

Hi Duane,

For the release of a future worldwide success story, I’m urgently looking for a Linux debugging expert with very strong knowledges of C/C++!

They’re implementing the ANDROID (Java) mobile operating system running on the Linux kernel, then looking for someone who knows Android architecture and API’s.
To resume:
-Strong C/C++ knowledges
-Experience with Linux Kernel development, and various Linux distributions
-Testing, and Linux/Unix development skills

You love Brussels, are excited by working in an international environment with offshore team, and available ASAP, this is your job.

Here are a couple of things that bother me when I get these:

  • I’m not really a Linux expert, something they’d know if they scanned my resume on this site. I also don’t have any ANDROID experience
  • The grammar and spelling are screwy in a few spots — I’m expected to proof read my resume before submitting it, I think they should do the same
  • I have no idea what Brussels is like. Given that my website is obviously Vancouver/BC based, it would probably be more effective to tell me things about Brussels I would like, or have a few links to life in Brussels

Anyways, I obviously already have a job I like, I just have never understood the lack of personal touches to these types of emails. It’s like going in for a job interview and having the interviewer read your resume for the first time while you’re sitting there — leaves a really bad taste in one’s mouth.