Job Posting Policy


These guidelines apply to announcements of positions available and wanted which are published by the BLU for the benefit of its members.


Confused after reading the guidelines below? Have questions? You can contact the jobs list moderator at position-available-owner AT blu.org (replace the "AT" with @) or contact the moderator (tmetro) on BLU's IRC room. (Please use one of these options if you have questions, rather than including questions in your posting sent to the job submission list below. Job postings are either accepted as-is or rejected. They are not edited.)

If you want the BLU to publish an announcement for a position you are offering or seeking to fill, please follow these guidelines. These guidelines have been adopted to save time and trouble for all involved, so please be sure you understand them before you submit job announcements. (BLU Discuss list members are welcome to suggest changes to these guidelines.) Postings are limited to 1 post per email. All postings are reviewed by a moderator before being posed to the BLU Discussion list. If your posting is rejected, the moderator will let you know why.

It is highly recommended that if you aren't currently a subscriber of the BLU Discuss list that you at least browse the archives (see the mailing list page for other archive options) to get a feel for the community before posting a job available or wanted advertisement. This should give you an idea of the technical level of the community.

You can review previously posted position-available or position-wanted messages in the archives.

Positions Available

Email Positions Available (a.k.a. "Help Wanted") notices to position-available AT blu.org (replace the "AT" with @). Follow the guidelines below to insure that your posting gets approved by the moderator.

Guidelines for Positions Available notices:

  1. All positions offered must be for jobs that require proficiency in Linux or UNIX and which can be performed by employees located in the Boston area.
  2. Your post must be complete and self-contained. Such phrases as "Call for details" will cause your announcement to be rejected.
  3. Your post must be in plain text, and it may not include any attachments, as they will be removed by the list server. Links to other sites, such as your business and the complete job spec, are allowed. (While an email submitted in HTML will be converted to plain text by the mailing list software, you may not like what you end up with. Consider for example how this job posting turned out. It is highly recommended that you take a moment to learn how to turn off HTML in your email client before posting, so what gets posted matches what you see.)
  4. No fishing or farming allowed. All positions must be immediately available and any applicants are entitled to expect a decision within 30 days of their response.
  5. Your posting should address all of the following items (feel free to cut-and-paste this list to use as headings):
    1. Job Description
    2. Required Skill-set
    3. Job Type (contract/permanent position, full/part-time, on-site/telecommute percentage)
    4. Compensation (pay range and incentives)
    5. Company Description
    6. Location (include the City or Town where the applicant will be working, and if there is access to public transportation, please mention it)
    7. Placement Organization (If a direct hire, state "direct hire" and name your company, if not already named in Company Description. If a recruiter, state "recruiter" and the name of your agency.)

  6. Your posting, if approved, will be forwarded to the list unedited. Therefore you should not include any questions or comments directed at the list moderator, like "Can you please forward this to your members?", "Is this postong OK?", etc. Any questions about appropriateness can be sent directly to the moderator at position-available-owner AT blu.org (replace the "AT" with @).

See the article Looking To Hire Top Talent For Your Startup? for some tips on writing effective job ads.

Once you have submitted your job posting to the above address you should either see your message appear on the BLU Discussion list or receive a rejection notice from the jobs moderator, typically within a few days.

Positions Wanted

Email Positions Wanted (a.k.a. "At Liberty" or "Seeking Employment") notices to position-wanted AT blu.org
(replace the "AT" with @). Follow the guidelines below to insure that your posting gets approved by the moderator.

Keep in mind that your posting to position-wanted is not an application for a specific job. BLU itself is not hiring, You are writing an advertisement for yourself in the hopes that someone in the BLU community will have a need for your skills.

Guidelines for Positions Wanted notices:

  1. You must be seeking a job in the Boston area.
  2. Your skills should be relevant to the BLU community, such as Linux/UNIX or at least something related.
  3. Put your name in the subject line, optionally followed by some of your skills, areas of specialty, or other descriptive information.
  4. The body of the message should be plain text and cover the following:
    1. A summary of who you are, your skills, and areas of specialty.
    2. The type of job you are looking for, including contract or "permanent" placement.
    3. When you will be available, if not immediately, and if you will work "swing" or "graveyard" shifts.
    4. Contact information, including at least a phone number or valid email address (you can obfuscate your email address).
    5. You may optionally link to your resume (recommended) or LinkedIn profile or other web site that provides more information on you. Do not attach your resume, as the list management software will remove all attachments.
  5. Your posting, if approved, will be forwarded to the list unedited. Therefore you should not include any questions or comments directed at the list moderator, like "Can you please forward this to your members?", "Is this postong OK?", etc. Any questions about appropriateness can be sent directly to the moderator at position-wanted-owner AT blu.org (replace the "AT" with @).

Once you have submitted your job posting to the above address you should either see your message appear on the BLU Discussion list or receive a rejection notice from the jobs moderator, typically within a few days.

Job List Subscriptions


The lists position-available and position-wanted exist only to feed their postings to the BLU Discuss list and permit moderation of postings from people who don't subscribe to Discuss. They are not open to the public for subscription. Everything posted to those lists (if approved) will appear on the BLU Discuss list.