"... I would read a recruiter email if it didn't look like a form letter that came from somebody that has not even bothered to look at my resume..."
This, all this all day every day.
Send me a form letter, your address goes on the block list.
Send me an ACTUAL letter, I'll give you the respect of actually reading it.
"...telling a senior dev that has 5 weeks of PTO at their current job that they will only have a couple weeks PTO if they change jobs could be a major problem...."
This is also an immediate deal breaker as well. Why should I leave where I am with 6+ weeks vaca a year for a new place with 2 to 4 weeks? No, not a chance. BTW: in the EU employees START with 4 weeks.
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