[sf-lug] The zen of recruiting

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Jul 28 17:42:18 PDT 2006

OK, I said being moderator of a jobs mailing list is a (minor) pain
in the ass; this is a small example.  For context, this is (IIRC) my
_second_ follow-up to professional recruiter Laurie Harper -- who
could not seem to figure out how to use mailing lists at all (or rather,
one suspects, isn't bothering to try).

I don't expect Joe Blow off the street to have that knowledge: the deal
with Ms. Harper is that it's part of her _job_.  And please note that I
didn't get  impatient with her until she completely ignored my very
brief and specific suggestion to follow the listinfo page directions:
Instead, she wants _me_ to post her jobs listings _for_ her.  WTF?

And there are a few of these situations pretty much _every day_,
expecting you to be their free-of-charge servant, because they're too
f___ing lazy to follow very simple directions and do their own damned jobs.

----- Forwarded message from rick -----

Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 19:05:41 -0700
To: Laurie Harper <laurie1harper at msn.com>
Subject: Re: [Mailman-owner] QA Test Engineer

Quoting Laurie Harper (laurie1harper at msn.com):

> Our client is looking for:  We are a search firm, helping the following company try to find qualified candidates for: 
> Senior QA/Test Engineer

[snip rest]

OK, but I'm unclear on why you're sending this to the _administrator_ of
the SVLUG Jobs mailing list.  Is your client interested in hiring only
mailing list administrators?

If, perchance, you're looking for the mailing list address, you'll find
it on http://lists.svlug.org/lists/listinfo/jobs .  Please read the
(brief) mailing list rules, while you're there.  Thanks!

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----- Forwarded message from Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> -----

Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2006 09:33:00 -0700
From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
To: Laurie Harper <laurie1harper at msn.com>
Subject: Re: [Mailman-owner] QA Test Engineer

Quoting Laurie Harper (laurie1harper at msn.com):

> oops, wrong list.

No, Laurie; you didn't send it to any mailing list at all.  To repeat,
you sent mail to the listadmins.

> Can you forward this to the jobs list or do I have to re-do this
> entire?  thanks for letting me know of the error.  Laurie

Laurie, sorry, but it's not the listadmins' job to post your mail for
you.  That would be _your_ job.  You already have more than enough
information to deal with your problem.  Now, you should deal with your

This is not a hotel, and I am not your concierge.  

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