Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· rachelnabors

Respond to recruiters with a form letter.

After writing this rant about recruiters I'm getting contacted by more recruiters than ever before. This morning one emailed me this:


I came across your profile on GitHub - very impressive BTW. I am looking for experienced Java Developers to work for Red Hat and found your work interesting. I am by no means a development guru but definitely wanted to let you know that I am always looking for a way to connect with developers who are interested in working on our major projects in Raleigh.

Out of curiosity do you happen to know of any Java developers with strong front-end experience who are in Raleigh and targeting new opportunities?

Look forward to your response.


WHERE THE FUCK IN MY GITHUB ACCOUNT DO I HAVE ANY ASSOCIATION WITH JAVA? My github probably ranks among the least impressive with maybe one or two accepted pull requests and a whole lot of whining on the Compass project (Compass rules--they listen when I whine). First LinkedIn, now developmentally challenged recruiters have the audacity to hunt us on github, too? Is nothing sacred?

So I now have a form letter that I send in response, so I don't have to spend any time thinking about it:

Thank you for your interest! I'm sure you're an excellent recruiter, but alas, I no longer work with recruiters after one too many bad experiences:

If you're interested in getting to know more developers in the community, there are a number of very popular and reputable meetups you can sponsor. Just search for them at

Good luck and best wishes!

Done and done.