Before The Fall
A certain large search engine contacted me about a job opportunity today, and I responded. Pride is sometimes good, but hubris is always bad. For amusement read the recruiter's letter to me, and mine back below. Should I send her a reading assignment?
From: [A Certain Search Engine's Recruiter]
Subject: [Said Search Engine]
I came across your resume and thought you might be interested in a
Leadership position here at ______. If you would be interested in
further discussing this opportunity, I would be happy to arrange a time to
further discuss more details.
Job Title: Leadership, Online Operations - HQ
If you would like to be considered for this position, please respond to
this email with an updated copy of your resume in a Word or PDF format.
However, if you are not interested or happily employed, feel free to pass
it along to people in your network.
Thanks for contacting me. I'm happy here at Efficient Frontier; we're managing 3-4% of total worldwide search spending on behalf of our clients, and I've been with the company since its inception in 2003.
Don't take this the wrong way, but telling me I should "feel free to pass it along to people" in my network, or that I "might be interested in a Leadership position" at ______ presumes it's a privilege to be recruited by ______. With the stock having peaked and 2007 looking to be the year the valuation bubble bursts, I think ______'s going to have to show a bit more humility going forward if it's to continue the success it's had to date. I would be an incredibly valuable contributor to ________'s success were I to work there, but _________ is by no means the only game in town.