"Hi, is this Will Evans," the unknown voice asked.
"Yes, it is, who is this?"
"This is Sarah X from CTR, Clueless Technical Resources, and we had an
opportunity that we think might be a great fit for you."
"Really - do tell?"
"We have a great opportunity for a 3 month contract as a J2EE Architect for
a Fortune 500 company in Des Moines, Iowa."
"Excellent - you do realize that I have never coded java before, I am moving
to DC on Saturday...and don't travel for short term contract work..."
"Can I ask you what your rate is"
"Um... a three month contract 1000 miles from where I live doing something I
have never done for a big evil multinational that destroys labor unions
while not offering health care benefits to it's employees....can I get back
to you on that?"
Why can't recruiters read?
I know I have had a resume posted on Monster since about 2003, and I do
update it every 6 months or so even though I have never gotten a job from
monster - but what really burns my goat is that I very clearly say:
1. I have done IA and IxD work for a really long time
2. I have no interest in relocating for short term contracts
3. how much I cost
Yet they never read that. I want to put together a list of all the "Good"
not evil recruiting firms that actually know the difference between an
interaction designer, information architect, and UI engineer - at least
knows enough to know we aren't Java or .Net engineers.
Post back to me recruiters that are great -on either side of the hiring
equation. It might be nice to have a list of places to go that "get us"
"Where you innovate, how you innovate,
and what you innovate are design problems"