my typical 'applying for jobs' email
Hope everything’s going well (or as well as it can, nowadays). A friend of mine told me about your job opening for a web dev and encouraged me to apply. I’ve worked as a professional dev for over seven years but have been running into some bad luck for the past year and a half getting another job. I always end up not being the “white fit”, if you catch my drift. Lot of great words about how much of a competent and thoughtful developer I am, and how I'm a wonderful person who they’d call anytime to watch their pets, though.
Anyway, I went ahead and attached my resume. Would love to hear back to talk about the position. Or perhaps pin another ‘not the right fit’ on my sash. Either or is cool.
If you asked me seven years ago whether or not you oughta send something like this, I woulda popped a monocle.
My emails used to be so fuckin' wishy-washy and "golly jee, sir, im a great workin' boy". Digital tap-dancing, if you will.
Now im just kinda like "dude just gimmie the job. I know im not white but who gives a shit, really?"
As far as advice for white tech job seekers: i dunno, just live long enough, and dont say anything objectively stupid during the interview rounds. You'll be okay.
In fact, you can do only half of those things, and you'll still probably be fine; i dunno *how* many fuckin' times ive heard of -- and worked with -- unqualified white candidates where it's literally "well, we'll give them a chance to prove themselves" of "we'll gonna bet on this person".
The funny thing -- or infuriating, depending on how much this kinda thing affects you -- is that this is typically irrespective of the size of the company.
I have been 'not the right fit' at companies that are six people, and ive been 'not the right fit' at companies with over 1000 people in the building, and a fuckin' dress code for their interview process.
And literally every size in-between.
@somarasu probably don’t write and circulate manifestos about how genetically inferior women are at programming or sue the company for being unfair to you after they sack you.
i mean, this might all seem obvious but it’s apparently reaaaallly hard not to.
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