Thursday, June 21, 2012

Talentburst - Recruiter spammers

I keep getting emails from Talentburst about positions I am neither interested in or qualified for(DBA 6 month contract in MA?)...a total of 14 in the last 6 months(and rising.) I did reply to the first one earlier this year and received no response. When I received the same email a couple of weeks ago, I went to their site( and found the only email listed on their contact page as and as a mailto link on every page. So I emailed them asking if Naveen Sharma was for real and of course received no response. Coincidentally the email address they are sending these to is my Monster email alias, and the founders of Talentburst all came from Monster.

Also they list 5 offices(CA, MA, Singapore, India and Canada) yet they only have one phone number with a 508 area code.

The whole thing seems fishy to me, and then when I did a search I found this site which confirmed my belief that they are spammers.

And this:

So here are the Talentburst recruiters I have received spam from:

Naveen Sharma
Neha Sharma
Mukesh Sangwan
Bijoy Deb
Vinay Dabas

In my opinion these guys are not legit. I am posting this so anyone searching for information on Talentburst will hopefully find this and avoid dealing with them.


July 17, 2012 - Just got another one for "Automation QA Engineer (Native Chinese Language" from Bijoy Deb

July 26, 2012 - "Finance Feed quality/tools Engineer" from Naveen Sharma

August 6, 2012 - "Service Engineer ;Sunnyvale,CA ; YAHOO ID-:14054" from Naveen Sharma

August 14, 2012 - "Data Product Support ; Sunnyvale,CA ; YAHOO ID-:14231" from Naveen Sharma

August 16, 2012 - "Senior Software Engineer ;Sunnyvale,CA ; YAHOO Job ID-: 14320" from Naveen Sharma

August 17, 2012 - "Sr. Build/Release Engineer ;Santa Clara,CA ; YAHOO Job ID-: 14344" from Naveen Sharma

August 22, 2012 - "Backend Development ;Santa Clara,CA ; YAHOO ID-: 14340" from Naveen Sharma

September 4, 2012 - "Requirement for Linux Engineer (RHEL Porting) at Sunnyvale, CA" from Vinay Dabas

September 11, 2012 - "Requirement for Unix / Linux Engineer at San Francisco, CA" from Vinay Dabas -- This is a position I used to hold (and the previous is close as well), so they aren't as egregious as the others but because of all the other emails from Talentburst, this ends up flagged as spam...EXACTLY why recruiters shouldn't blast out the other emails!)

Update September 14, 2012:

I guess Naveen Sharma jumped ship and is now at Artech Information Systems, another one that uses the same tactics.

Naveen Sharma

September 14, 2012 - "Unix/Linux Administrator ;Santa Clara, CA ;Yahoo ID-:14446" from Naveen Sharma

Monday, June 11, 2012

San Francisco

I'm now in San Francisco, CA. My hands on skills are atrophied, so finding the right position is going to take some time. In the meantime, I am looking for a patent office* job so I can focus on personal and career development without becoming consumed; along the lines of a 40 hour work week in a position that I am overqualified for, so that I can focus on building my skill set and also develop some side projects I have been working on.

Of course I am always open to new opportunities, so if you have one that you think might pique my interest and/or can benefit from my background, please let me know.

*While I am no Einstein, I agree with the logic of working in a position that doesn't consume all my energy, creative or otherwise.

"Finally he got a position at the Swiss Patent Office in Bern. It was "a kind of salvation," he said. The regular salary and the stimulating work evaluating patent claims freed Einstein. He now had time to devote his thought to the most basic problems of physics of his time, and began to publish scientific papers."