I am sure the “impressed” thing will go away too in a while.
My first "real" job involved writing a lot of reports. And I found out, to my initial surprise, that all the reports were copy and pasted from other reports. I remember doing my first report, and my boss pretty much lost his mind (this was my first week...he called me an f'ing c@@t) when I suggested that the report could be cut down and made more suitable for the client. Ofc, my boss was semi-literate, terrified of writing, and the threat of litigation (this was a heavily regulated business, regulators would likely read these reports) held no horror relative to the threat of having to write (he also told me later that the longer the report, the less likely clients were to read it...he managed $100m of other people's money).
Put briefly: people are afraid of having to think for themselves, it is easier to communicate in nonsense when the risk of other people finding out you don't know what you are doing is so emotionally severe. This goes all the way from the mail room to the board room.
Words I hate: overuse of super (common in tech), leverage (outside of the financial meaning), learnings (very hot a few years ago but cooled significantly), huddle, staffer, analyst (presumably they will be calling my trashman a refuse transportation analyst at some point), revert, network (it still isn't okay)...I am sure there are more.
Incidentally, one game I used to play at the above mentioned job was to sprinkle obscure but clever-sounding words in my conversations with my boss and see how many he would start using...simpler times, simple joys :)
(another misuse of a verb as a noun)
Can native English speakers tell me if the word "learnings" is an actual word that exists outside startup blogs?
"Leverage", as a verb, has had quite a run.
"oh yeah like 100% like I like that guy already rn af?"
"revert" and "reply" are entirely different words that sound kind of similar.
Rather interesting considering I don't think I had ever typed it.
It probably started because someone wanted to sound "professional". They saw this word and went "hey, this word seems like a more formal way to say 'reply', I'll just use it". Without ever bothering to check its definition in the dictionary.
It's that same impulse that suggests the 'aks' pronunciation of 'ask' is indicative of ignorance, despite it having an unbroken lineage back to Old English.
In this case, the first OED cited usage of 'revert' in the 'reply' sense is nearly half a century old and from the Times of India.
There's also a good deal of documentation of 'revert' in the 'return' sense:
1828 A. A. Opie Detraction Displayed xv. 231 None can shoot these arrows, but they must expect they will revert with a rebounded force.
Cites like this go back to the medieval period. It's completely reasonable for revert to take on the meaning of reply. In the 14th century, reply' itself was used to indicate repeating or echoing.
Doesn't make it correct. You're saying it's not possible for the Times of India to be wrong? I used to read it daily for 10 years and they had their share of mistakes.
> documentation of 'revert' in the 'return' sense
'return' is not the same as 'reply'.
I'm a senior human acquisition engineer with [some dumb startup] who just raised an A round with Sequoia (yet to announce, please keep confidential).
Talking E2E for a second, would you like to hear about the great work we're doing?
(1 day later)
Hey, bumping this up.
Yeah, I'd say that's pretty accurate
Pretty sad that this works an definitely turned me off from responding to the offer.
Tempted to add it as a filter, should eliminate a lot of email.
Sometimes it's just the right word for the situation. Sure, they'd probably be better off whipping out the old Thesaurus, but ultimately this seems like a non-issue.
Another thing I've noticed recently is recruiters telling me they have some "great positions" for me, but not giving me ANY information. They try to aggressively set up a call. When I press them for details first, they begrudgingly tell me. When I let them know that none of those jobs is a fit they drop all communication. How brutally unprofessional!
# Communication starts
Recruiter: Hi again! I hope this message finds you well! Your background is an ideal fit for this role! I would love to tell you more about us! Are you open to finding out more about the role?
Me: Sure, what can you tell me about this opportunity?
Recruiter: Hi! I can tell you everything over the phone if thats ok with you? I am not suppose to share details over the internet :( I am free today at 2pm EST if that would work for you? if so, do you mind sending your resume and best phone number?
Me: Do you have a brief job description you can provide?
Recruiter: This is all im allowed to share online: "big data web scraping and analytics tech company that helps brands such as Nike, Rolex and Sperry Shoes with online price monitoring, online brand protection and online price enforcement! The company was founded in 2004, they are incredibly stable, and profitable." i can share everything else over the phone if youre still interested
Me: where are they located, at least roughly?
Recruiter: it is 100% remote. they have a HQ on west coast and East coast.
Me: technologies required?
Recruiter: Backend development. primarily node
Me: okay, i don't have much experience with node
Recruiter: ok, they require 2 years or so. not that much?
Me: Unfortunately not
# Communication ends.
What a horrible industry. I'll never go through a recruiter again if I can avoid it. Just garbage. Not even a "okay i'll try and find a better fit for you." They deserve to be treated the way they are.
Sometimes. I wouldn't expect that 95% of recruiters would be 'impressed' by my resumé all of a sudden in 2019, unless my name were John Carmack or something. And even then, why the sudden change?
When I get these kinds of cold mails the opener doesn't really even register...the problem for me is that recruiters and job postings in general very rarely give any real substance about the work itself, i.e. some clichéd phrase about disruption or exciting something something.
I suppose a possible cause could be giving too much info and running the risk of a candidate going direct to the employer
When I get a solicitation from a third party recruiter without an employer's name, it's almost always trivial to find out who it is because nobody has time to rewrite a job description in their own words.