I received an interesting contact form submission one evening, by a Yahoo! talent scout.
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2007 20:53:26 -0600 Subject: Form Submission To: [email protected] From: <[email protected]> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”iso-8859-1″ Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit —————————————————— Name: Teddi XXXXXXXX Email: [email protected] Phone: (408)XXX-XXXX Company: Yahoo Website: www.yahoo.com City: Sunnyvale State: CA Question: Hi Jules, My name is Teddi XXXXXXXX and I’m a Talent Scout with Yahoo. I would like to discuss Front End Engineering roles we have with Yahoo. When might be a good time to speak? Thanks, Teddi
So… that was nice!
Later that night I spoke with Teddi on the phone. Being very good at her job, she knew right away that my resume was formatted from a Monster.com template. And then she gave me advice about resume writing.
I showed her some of my front end work, both of my own site and live examples of sites I’ve coded. She was very impressed.
I showed her that a search in Yahoo! for “freelance web development” shows me as the first result. And I’m number two for “freelance web developer”. I was surprised she didn’t know that. She asked “how did you pull that off?!” The reply: “It’s my job”.
Now, the problem is, that their development team is in sunny California. And I’m in NY. Yahoo! has offices in NY, but they are marketing teams. I asked what are the odds of me doing the development work for Yahoo! in NY. The reply: “Zero.”
I don’t know where it will lead. But at least it was nice to be recognized.