Do NOT post "Email Sent", or post portfolio links
UPDATE Feb 24, 2009
I was originally hoping that just discouraging the posting might help. And it did, and I thank everyone that read this and stopped posting those kinds of posts. A few people even went back and deleted their posts, which was very much appreciated.
I think though that it probably requires a stronger tactic, as the worst offenders just aren't going to read a sticky, or particularly care about their effect on our community. So in the interest of fairness to all, I'm going to start strictly deleting these kinds of posts. Questions about a job are still fair game of course, I'm only interested in getting rid of the "email sent" and "check out my link" type posts.
This will allow each job poster the chance to get seen without getting bumped far down a page by useless clutter. It will allow job searchers to see jobs they may be interested in that might have otherwise been lost among the clutter.
I'd really like to cut down on the "Email Sent" posts as replies to job postings.
While it should be obvious that these types of posts are unnecessary and unprofessional, I'm going to elaborate a bit on why these posts are a nuisance to other forum readers.
- First of all, the ONLY person who cares if you sent an email is the employer. Assuming that he or she checks their email, they probably are quite aware you sent an email. Posting a response telling everyone that you emailed them just makes you look silly.
- Other people reading the job forums are looking for new posts that they haven't seen yet. Getting old threads bumped for no reason gets annoying, and increases the chance that people will miss seeing posts that they would like to see.
- Further, people only want to check an old thread they were interested in when the employer posts new information. No one wants to miss new information because it was lost in a sea of useless "Email Sent" posts.
- Employers often times don't come back to these threads. Many employers are posting on multiple employment forums and may never come back until they want to post a new job. That means those posts aren't doing what ever it is you are hoping they are doing, and instead are just annoying other people. Not the best way to make a good reputation for yourself.
- Just as bad are the "Check out my link!" posts. It reflects extremely poorly on you as an applicant when you can't follow an employer's directions and contact them how they requested.
- If the employer hasn't listed obvious contact information, you can post to ask for the information, send them a private message (click their forum name for that option), or send them an email with the email they signed up to this forum with (again, click their forum name for that option). There are options to exhaust before you think about posting a link to your website.