That means that, on average, 1 recruiter emails me every single business day .
There are a few take aways from this:
- Being a software engineer is awesome . We don't apply to jobs, they apply to us.
- If you are a recruiter, you're up against some serious competition.
- I've seen recruiter emails from every tech company you can think of. Some are comically bad.
 This doesn't even include the sketchy recruiters who track down my phone number and call me. If you do this, everything you say is shit.
 I suspect that if kids had any idea how amazing it is to be a programmer in Silicon Valley, all of the problems US schools have with math and science would vanish overnight.
Subject: Follow up
I’m not assuming you’re looking for a new roll right now but I wanted to follow up and gather your feedback.
Wrong! I could totally go for some sushi.
Subject: Opportunities at XXX
We are challenged every day, moving very quickly, and recruit only rock stars.
Man, I really wish I could join your band.
Subject: Quick question (Developer opportunities)
Good day. Hope all is well.
I am reaching out to you because of the recent severe reorg and layoffs at your company I read about.
Wow, that escalated quickly.
Subject: Hello from XXX
My name is XXX -- I'm the Director, Engineering of the Growth Team at XXX.
Yes, this email literally said <name>. Umm, no thanks <company>.
Subject: Full time Scala opportunity
Currently, we are looking for an, "Engineer" to help deliver a range of new products. High-performance, high-scalability, high-traffic, heavy Scala, etc. Any interest in having a casual chat about this role...a few minutes...you have an interesting background?
This email from a, "recruiter", has, an interesting... way, with words?
Subject: principal java software engineer
happy valentine's day!
hope this new year has provided time for some fun activities.
our family started off the new year attending a terrific concert a couple of weeks ago. the performance reinforced the experience of music as a true combination of four creative forces (composer, conductor, musician and audience) in communicating ideas, thoughts & feeling. we were fortunate to hear pieces from Wagner, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Leonard Bernstein to Holst. an awesome introduction to the symphony for kids!
if you might have time for a quick chat, i'd like to share a principal-level swe opportunity:
Worst valentines day card ever.
Subject: looking for a great technical dev manager!
I think this role may not be exactly up your ally, but I am hoping you can recommend some great folks for us!
I don't want anything up my ally, thank you.
Subject: Getting back in touch. Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia portfolio companies.
The portfolio company that I'm most excited about is financed by Greylock and Reid Hoffman who founded PayPal and LinkedIn, which as you know is one of the high-profile IPOs of 2011.
Ah, yes, Link-ed-in... I may have heard of it.
Subject: Stealth startup
The service will be disruptive and impact billions of technology users.