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Mr. Muskrat (4572)

Mr. Muskrat
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I'm married with 2 girls. I work as a full time Perl programmer for a Land Mobile Radio company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

I am enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online working towards a Bachelor of Science in photography.

My other blog [blogspot.com]

Journal of Mr. Muskrat (4572)

Sunday April 01, 2007
01:21 PM

Poll Followup

[ #32870 ]

Thanks for the great replies to my quick poll!

The more I read the replies and google for this sort of thing, the more insulted I feel. Sure it's nice to be contacted by Google but they really are spamming a ton of folks to get maybe 1% of them hired.

I can't see Google paying me enough to keep my current standard of living while living in the Silicon Valley area. The cost of living is just too high in Cali.

Besides, I have a fun, challenging position with opportunities to expand my skill set while on the clock. In other words, I happy to stay where I'm at for the forseeable future.

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  • Are you insulted because you found out that you aren't special? I really don't mean to sound mean but so what. You shouldn't look at being solicited as an honor just because it is google.

    "I can't see Google paying me enough to keep my current standard of living while living in the Silicon Valley area."

    It doesn't sound like you are very interested in the job. What then could it hurt to tell the recruiter exactly what it would take to get you to bite? You can't get what you don't ask for. I believe

    • You shouldn't look at being solicited as an honor just because it is google.

      I think you hit the nail on the head with that comment. I was looking at it as an honor until I saw that they didn't mean it that way. Being solicited by Google used to be special but not any more.

      I'm insulted because Google is stooping to the same level as run of the mill headhunters. Contacting a select few people who seem to meet the requirements is one thing but they are contacting every Perl developer and Linux sysadmin that they can find and that's insulting. It's insulting to me and should be

      • If I were to take a position at Google, I'd be starting at the bottom as a code monkey or worse, a sysadmin.

        I suspect a lot of people feel similarly. I've been both code monkey and bottom-rung sysadmin, and I have little desire to start over in my career unless it speeds up my retirement by a few decades.

  • Here is the response I just sent with only personal information changed.

    Sir,
    While I do desire to be contacted by google in the
    future for targeted job prospects, your specific email does bother me.

    1. You indicate you came across my profile online but did not bother to indicate where.

    2. I have no idea what you came across to think I was an avid Python user but I use Perl almost exclusively. You should do better fact checking.

    3. If you had googled my name prior to sending this email, not only would you hav