A Cold Email From an Amazon Tech Recruiter

For some reason my email address has made its way into the Amazon recruiting ecosystem. This weekend I received a rather untargeted pitch to join them in Seattle. Thing is, I’m not a software engineer, nor am I looking.

It reads;

Hope all is well. I wanted to connect in regards to multiple Senior Software Development Engineering roles we currently have open within our Connections Tech team here at Amazon.  The Connections Tech team works on the software and systems that every Amazonian uses to do their job.  We deliver our content to employees globally and we do this by engineering Mac, Windows, Ubuntu and mobile device clients.  We own a range of micro-services across multiple programming languages, mainly JVM based, react, some machine learning and more.  We use AWS to run our systems which help us achieve Amazon scale.

The roles are in Seattle and I would like to connect and present you with the details on these opportunities this upcoming week.

If you are interested in being considered please feel free to send me an updated resume.  The interview process is very straightforward for this role:

·        I will share your resume with the hiring manager in our weekly review sessions

·        Candidates who are shortlisted will receive an on-line technical assessment

·        Based off the results of the assessment a technical interview will be scheduled on

·        December 20th or early January for an on-site interview

I look forward to hearing from you soon!


This is not the first time they have sent me these blanket emails I can recall at least 2 others). It seems to be part of a mass email campaign they use to generate candidate leads but I can’t imagine this carpet bombing approach is working. Or maybe it is?

Anyway I thought I would pass this along to my recruiter friends so they can see how Amazon pitches themselves to IT pros. 

If you are a new recruiter who is reading this just remember that the days of mass emailing candidates and expecting a response are over. Your emails need to have one thing in common: personalization. Especially when it comes to techies.


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