How NOT to Hire Me

Recently, I've recieved a number of job offers from people who make even this died-in-the-wool techie feel like business and marketing experts rolled into one. I'm all for finding work. As a matter of fact, I'm on the market right now. However, anyone who manages any of the following acts of cluelessness had better be starting their own job search ASAP. I present, for the sake of learning from one's (or better yet, others') mistakes, "How NOT to hire me"... Misrepresent that you are prepared to pay me for my work. Posting on a forum entitled "Paid [web technology] Services" leads readers to believe that you are offering money in exchange for a service. If this is not the case, post elsewhere. If you are looking for someone to front the effort to launch your latest brainchild, in the hope of some compensation when it takes off, say so up front. Do not use the phrase "full time employee" unless you intend to pay me for approximately forty hours of work per week on an ongoing bases. Try to present spamming 50,000 high school teachers as a marketing strategy. Yes, it happened. Today, I spoke to someone who wanted…

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