I recently got a rather disturbing hit on linkedin from a recruiter. I’m not posting names, but here’s the request:
“Looking for a Cloud Stud”
Happy Tuesday! I hope this week is treating you well so far. I am reaching out to you in regards to a brand new position with one of my, not to pick any favorites but…..favorite clients. I know we don’t know each other yet so I apologize if I am wrong, but from what I can see you could be an excellent fit for it. Either way, I would like the chance to mutually expand our networks…but, I encourage you to take a minute to hear about this opportunity and I think you will be glad you did.
I am working on a very specific, high level Cloud Architect position for my client, one of the world’s leading providers of remarketing services. This role will help guide the infrastructure platform architecture and design for their next generation, new wave technology initiatives. You will focus heavily on cloud platform selections, integration, and automation. For people who are looking to “make an impact” somewhere, you’ve found it. Period.
We need an Architect who has experience with Azure, Amazon platform, and Saas or PaaS on Amazon Host services. This person MUST understand cloud offering applications that go through development and understand the gap between Operations and Engineering. So, combined experience with engineering, infrastructure, and development is crucial.
Whether you are a career consultant or someone looking to come in and stay long term, our client is open to either. Basically, they need a Cloud Stud…all the nitty gritty details in between can be discussed and decided upon consideration. If this is not in your wheelhouse or not of interest to you, best of luck in the growth of your career and please reach out in the future. If you think you’re the one to take this on OR know someone who is, we should talk.
What is the best time and number to contact you today? I look forward to speaking.
A few things are typical: the very pushy sales “what time can I contact you today?” or the extra-friendly “I know we don’t know each other yet”
What really gets me is the heavy “brogrammer” vibe. What gets me worse is that the recruiter (at least, the recruiter as presented in a polished linkedin profile) is an attractive young woman.
In our industry, we see really big gaps in our representation by several demographics in the public at large: we see less women, latin, and black engineers. (I don’t have numbers. This is from personal observation.) While I disagree with some that we need to weight our hiring in favor of the minorities in our profession, I fully support efforts to widen the talent pool to include people from every background. Programs like Black Girls Code do a lot to encourage young people to consider a profession they may never consider as a possibility.
The best way to fight trends like the “brogrammer” is for those of us in the privileged position (meaning, people who are in the default majority - in this case, male engineers) to make it known this is not acceptable. When you encounter people being… for lack of a better term… dicks, make them stop. Call them on it - in public if necessary, and be nice about it. Be firm, but nice.
So, that being said, here’s my response to the recruiter:
First, please accept my apology about connecting - I only connect on LinkedIn with people I’ve directly worked with or know personally.
I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in the last few years of cowboy culture in the startup/internet industry. An increasing trend of sexism, elitism, and anti-inclusiveness that while may be refreshingly politically incorrect, is just… wrong.
I don’t know that your client is actively trying to build a stable of talent that actively promotes this type of culture, but when taken to extremes, can directly damage the brand identity of the company and require heads to roll (see the recent firing of the CTO of Business Insider).
Respectfully, an ad like this is not advertising an environment I’d like to work within. I’m pretty happy where I’m at anyway. I appreciate the opportunity, though.
This really got my goat. I hope you feel the same.