Dear Recruiter

Dear Recruiter,
Thank you for the unsolicited message regarding employment at your company1. As you know, hiring in the tech industry is very competitive and high-performing individuals have many opportunities. To save us both time, please answer the following questions to see if your company is a good fit for me.

  1. Are you recruiting for Microsoft, Amazon, or Oracle? If so, your company is not a good fit.
  2. Would I be required to use a Windows desktop and/or develop/test software primarily for Windows? If so, you are not a good fit. Macs are great, Linux is even better.
  3. Where are your offices located? I don’t enjoy commuting, so if you’re not in Seattle, preferably downtown, you’re unlikely to be a good fit. I’m not currently interested in moving from Seattle, so if you are further afield, you are not a good fit although I might entertain working remotely for the right opportunity.
  4. What is your company’s relationship with the open source community? Are you consumers of open source projects? Do you contribute back to open source projects?
  5. Is your company on the HRC Corporate Equality Index? If so, what is your score? If you are not listed on the HRC Corporate Equality Index, please send me a copy of your corporate nondiscrimination and inclusion policies.
  6. What are you doing to enhance diversity and inclusion in your organization, specifically hiring and retention of women, LGBT, and minorities?
  7. How long is your paid maternity leave? Do you offer paid paternity leave? If so, how long?
  8. What are your vacation and sick policies?

If, after reviewing the above, you think your company would still be of interest, please contact me again with the requested information and we’ll talk further.

— Casey

1 Whether that be from finding me on LinkedIn (good job) or sending an email to my work address (really?!).

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