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August 31, 2004

The Well-Informed (or lucky) Recruiter

Sitting in my office recently and the phone rang . . . a recruiter. I get these calls from time to time and most of the time it's as good as spam, but this time was different in an eerie kind of way.

While I listened for my chance to say don't bother me she said, "I represent a University in the Washington,DC area who's looking for a technical lead to design and code a federated application, which would be a part of a trust fabric using Shibboleth."

I was somewhat suprised, primarily because the position was so dead-on in the fairly specific work I've been doing recently at Tufts, and I couldn't figure out how someone would have known that. She said she saw my name on a conference list (and to think I believed that those were only available to attendees!). Either it was just a lucky guess, or she actually did some searching on Google to dig up details on specific types of work that came up with each name.

Curiosity got the better of me and I asked her to send along the job description (and salary). Didn't take much looking around to find the position listing was from Georgetown University. Looks interesting, the salary would be a nice jump up, but alas, no interest in going to DC.

Advice to recruiters, before you call a person do a Google search. Find something the person has worked on recently, then on the call pitch a job to them involving similar technologies. Hope that knowing something relevant to their work will intrigue them, and perhaps even stroke the ego because they might start to believe you've come to them as an expert in the field. This will get you a lot further than "it's time for you to get a new job with a much higher salary (and large recruiter fee)."

Posted by mike at August 31, 2004 9:10 PM