An Archetypical Tech Recruiter

Mon, 25 Jul 2022

I have phone calls like this at least once a month. They usually go something like this.

tech recruiter

“We need a developer with 10 years experience with Carbon1 for an unnamed company at an unspecified wage.”


“Cool story, bro, but you obviously didn’t read the recruiting policy on my website so enjoy being blocked.”

I was having this conversation about Microsoft’s .NET Framework back in 2009; hiring managers always seem to people possessed of a decade of experience with technology that only came out that year.

They never learn. I’ll be taking maintenance contracts when I’m 70 because Social Security and my 401k aren’t enough and they’ll still be bullshitting people like this.

Why did I get into the tech industry? It seemed a better idea at the time than joining the Navy, and I had nothing better to do with my life. After all, I was supposedly a “genius”, and “geniuses” didn’t go to trade school and become plumbers, electricians, carpenters, or HVAC techs.

  1. Carbon is Google’s new attempt at making C++ irrelevant; even the creators don’t have 10 years of experience.↩︎