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RE: Careersn (was Certification)


  • Subject: RE: Careersn (was Certification)
  • From: Joe Teff <jteff19@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 21:56:51 -0500

fixed

> Summary: I'm sure there are recruiters out there who feel much the
> same way about me that Dean does towards his contractor, e.g. "What
> the heck does this guy want - I'm offering X, Y, and Z!"  I'm always
> interested in something better, but I'm happy enough that it's got to be
> really really better.  Am I taking unfair advantage if I describe my
> ideal job, then turn Joe recruiter down when he comes w/something
> that just doesn't, in MY book, measure up to what I want, even if, in
> HIS book, it does?  Personally, I don't think so - I thought that's what
> recruiters did, root about for stuff I can't/won't find using sources
> to which they (presumably) have access but I do not...but what sayeth
> the list?

A couple of years ago I was in a job search. I was living in a small city
about 60 miles outside of Minneapolis. I wanted to move into the big city
and that was a primary factor. I got an interview at a software house. The
people were nice, the salary boost was acceptable and the location was
where I wanted to be. The down side is that I enjoy working with users
and I would not get that at a software house. So I turned the offer down,
explaining both to the company and to the recruiter why I did so. The
recriuter dropped me cold. I had received a fair offer and turned it down.
As far as they were concerned, I was too picky. I knew that if I accepted
the job, I would be back on the market within a year because I would be
unhappy. I still think I was right. I was seriously looking, but I do not have
to accept the first job because I OWE it to the recuiter.

Joe Teff
IBM Certified Specialist - AS/400 RPG Programmer
QDS
Bloomington, MN

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