SPUG: Re: Recruiter Survey

Tim Maher/CONSULTIX tim at consultix-inc.com
Wed Jun 21 15:56:21 CDT 2000

On Wed, Jun 21, 2000 at 01:30:02PM -0700, Richard Anderson wrote:
> Isn't this going to threaten our non-profit status?  Has anyone checked with
> PerlMongers (who is providing our mail list server) about whether this is
> legit or if they have to get a piece of the action?  I feel uncomfortable
> with this idea.

Although we are affiliated with the Perl Mongers, we wouldn't need their
permission to change the way we operate our group, and we could certainly
change our list-service at any time.  I'm not saying we should or would,
just that we could! 8-} 

SPUG is not registered as a non-profit organization, and therefore
doesn't need to worry about losing that privileged tax status.  In fact,
because SPUG doesn't have any revenues or assets, or legal existence
for that matter, we aren't liable for taxes.  Of course, if revenues
were to appear, all this would change.

Headhunters routinely pay finder's fees of $500-$1k for each placement;
instead of giving away contact with SPUGsters for free, we might want
to consider taking the opportunity to reap some of those benefits.

I must say that I'm not very favorably disposed to the idea of
changing anything about the way we currently operate, since dong so
would undoubtedly increase the complexity of my job enormously, but I
felt an obligation to run this idea by the group, since I'm getting so
much heat from headhunters these days.

> For what it's worth, here is my contractor agency "whitelist".  I also have
> a blacklist, which I don't feel is appropriate to make public. I suspect
> that NONE of the firms that have approached Tim are on this list, as these
> firms are well-established and don't need to solicit user groups.

Thanks very much for sharing this with us.  As you guessed, *none* of
the headhunters currently trying to bribe me to divulge our list is on
your list!

I'm curious as to how rigid you are with the scripted "Answers" shown to
your Q/A material; if you really answer the way the script indicates, I'm
surprised that you can get placed!  Or perhaps I should be surprised that
I've been so compliant in headhunter interviews myself, when apparently I
could have stonewalled on all the questions and still gotten the gig! 8-}

Does your resume disclose the previous contracts, that you refuse to
comment about in the interview?  If not, what does the recruiter have
to go on?  The mind boggles . . .

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