Re: 1.2: First Job

Am I the only one with a positive experience with a recruiter?

I was laid off after the dot-com bubble crashed. I signed up with several recruiters I was sent out on several job interviews and got one closer to home than my previous job.

Unfortunately it was a contract-to-hire position with a hotel chain in the US that started 10 September 2001.

After three weeks "due to loss of revenue due to all of the cancellations" my contract was canceled (they actually gave me two weeks notice, very nice of them.)
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Re: 1.2: First Job

2008-02-11 18:15 • by Outlaw Programmer
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Perplexed:
Am I the only one with a positive experience with a recruiter?


I've had experiences with 3 separate recruiters, and only 1 (the most recent one) really worked out for me. The first is that whole RHT bullshit I wrote about previously. The second recruiter placed me at a job that I was way too overqualified for (glorified copy boy). I made it known to the recruiter that I had a degree in CS and was looking for a programming job, but he sent me to this place anyway. It actually wasn't a bad place at all, but the hours were terrible (12am - 8am) and the work was very boring (when there actually was work).

A recruiter placed me at my current job and it's worked out really well. However, as far as the recruiter is concerned, I think it's just a coincidence. Just like used car salesmen, these guys will try to place you at any job they have available, with almost total disregard for the wants of the individual or needs of the company. A lot of these tech recruiters don't have the slightest clues about technology at all (one guy actually yelled at me because I didn't know the difference between 3rd normal form and BCNF, wtf?).

It's just dumb luck that once in a while someone gets placed at a company they actually like.
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