This article is from the Jobs FAQ, by Snoopy snoopy-at-sopwith.uucp.
Given the very high number of postings in these groups, it is no
longer reasonable to attempt to read all the postings manually. According
to stats from uunet, misc.jobs.offered had 8824 articles totaling 11062.9 kB
during a two week period in December 1994. Misc.jobs.resumes had 4286 articles
totaling 18282.0 kB. With this amount of information to examine, it is now
essential to be able to use the computer to quickly screen articles.
As in buying a house, for many people the three most important things
about a job are: location, location, and location. Someone in New York City
may not be interested in relocating to Berlin, and visa-versa. Brief job
descriptions are also useful as a first-level screen. Thus, it is important
that the location and brief job description appear in the Subject line.
In order to allow computerized searches, it is important to use the syntax
provided in section Q-3.1 below.
If you follow the guidelines when posting, it is easier for a reader
to find your article. The reader will have enough information to know
whether or not they are interested in the position. Conversely, many readers
will ignore articles that do not follow the guidelines. Many readers will
give up attempting to find a position through Usenet if they cannot use the
computer to search for the articles they are interested in, or if the
articles do not have enough information to tell if it is worth contacting
you. Following the guidelines will get you more good leads, and fewer poor
leads. Thus, it is to your benefit, as well as the reader's, to follow these
The same logic applies to misc.jobs.resumes. You need to use a
good subject line to allow prospective employers to easily find the
articles they are interested in reading.
These guidelines embody the consensus of opinion as to the proper
form for postings of job offers. The guidelines are based on what the
readers want. They are not the opinion of the FAQ maintainer.