SPUG:Open Source Recruiters?
dragon at dreamhaven.org
Mon May 5 18:15:46 CDT 2003
Volt was the only recruiter I ever had any success with, and it was with
Microsoft and perl (MSN) as well. They never found me a perm position
though, even when the economy was far better than the last year.
The job I have now (just over a year) was found on my own. I gave up on
recruiting firms and just started doing the hunting directly. I had a lot
more positive reactions this way than I ever did with a recruiter.
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On Mon, 5 May 2003, Creede Lambard wrote:
-> I can second this, having just gone nine months trying to get a job through a
-> couple of recruiters (Volt and Robert Half). There are a LOT of applicants out
-> there, and employers can cherry pick the best ones.
-> In some ways I'm still amazed that I found a job, but in some ways I wasn't.
-> The job was with an outfit I'd worked with before, about 4-5 years ago. I
-> remembered some of the people I interviewed with, and while the technology
-> had changed somewhat, I was still familiar enough with it to sound like I
-> could just jump right into the job.
-> The outfit is Microsoft. The group is the Macintosh Business Unit. So while
-> I'm not exactly working with a paragon of open source development here, I am
-> working with Darwin and the Mac OS -- and Perl. There are some who would
-> probably chastise me for going to work for M$, and in the best of all
-> possible worlds, maybe I'd rather work in more of an open source environment.
-> However, after nine months of wondering if I was ever going to work again and
-> watching the 401K money deplete down to next to nothing, a job here looked
-> pretty good -- especially a job with a group I'd worked with before and
-> enjoyed (and where I didn't really have to do much with Windows except read
-> mail and submit time sheets).
-> Back on topic: Working with a recruiter is still a viable way to get a job.
-> Just don't expect them to be able to create miracles for you.
-> -- Creede
-> On Mon, 5 May 2003, Marc M. Adkins wrote:
-> > > I didn't get much of a response on this so I'll ask a related
-> > > question. Can anyone recommend a good recruiter?
-> > So far as I know the current ratio of jobs to 'applicants' for a recruiter
-> > is on the order of 1:100. Which pretty much means that even a 'good'
-> > recruiter is the equivalent of a lottery ticket.
-> > On an unrelated but equally telling note, something like 50% recruiting
-> > companies listed on the tax rolls two years ago have either gone out of
-> > business, changed names, or been bought or merged since then. The shakeout
-> > in their business rivals or exceeds the shakeout in ours.
-> > mma
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