Sunday, January 8, 2012

Job Search

So you want to search for a new job? The first thing you must do is update your resume. You also need to take a good look at your career and decide if that is where you want to continue to work and just how far from center you are willing to go. You then need to ask yourself about relocation, benefits, and compensation. Once you have those things in perspective you are ready for the search.

Unfortunately the search breaks down into several paths. a) the general job board, b) the specific skill job board, and the ever present c) recruiter.

I'm not going to discuss (c) except to say; I like recruiters for a lot of good reasons but the landscape has changed a lot in recent years. Management in most recruiting companies use their most senior staff to work with the client(employer) and the the most junior work with the resource. The process is always the same. And unless youve studied the process you wont know what I mean so lets move on.

a) the general job board includes; FLUID - Florida Unemployment Internet Direct Claims, Job Central, Dice.com, CareerBuilder, Monster, and HotJobs. They are all fine sources for jobs however there are a number of things to keep in mind. By the time you have located a real position on one of these sites its because the employer is cheap and would rather pay their rates to post a position rather than give it to you. There is a level of desperation on the part of the candidate and the employers know it. So theyll lowball you. And then theres this numbers game that they play. They want to be seen and they are not afraid to discard resumes for the smallest prejudice. So unless you do not have access to a specialized board you should really stay away from these. (youll also waste a lot of time filtering through the results to find that one perfect job and by then its too late.)

b) if youre a programmer, like me, then there any number of sources for jobs. Sadly I know that there is a lot that goes into trying to get to the top of the list and when you hit, it can get viral. Also, these websites can further divide the specialization. That includes perl, python, ruby... Im sure there are a lot more. My favorite include jobs.perl.org, github, joel on software, 37signals, hacker news, python weekly jobs. (I wish I had a java board to go with my list...) There are a few startup boards if you dont mind taking a risk or possible relocation on your own dime. And of course there are specialized boards in just about every country in the world. But unless you speak the language you can forget those. And while the perl, python and ruby sites seem realistic the nodejs jobs site seems a little premature.

Whoops. I missed d). That would the freelance sites. As a general rule I avoid them entirely. a) because they pay so little and expect so much, b) the requirements are unrealistic, and c) completing the task is subjective and subject to approval. Even if the payment is aligned properly whos to say the client will pay. Its like ebay for source code.

Looking for a job is stressful and it consumes a vast amount of time. There is an advantage to social networking. (e).

(f) the newspaper; I have not seen a good technical job since 1987-ish.

1 comment:

  1. Fortunately, I don't need a job now, but thanks for posting this, especially regarding recruiters and listing things you might now know. I have three years to vest, but by then, I maybe fitted with Captain Pike's body unit. :)

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