OT: Looking for employment

Ryan Simpkins plug at ryansimpkins.com
Tue Oct 31 19:10:25 MST 2006


On Tue, October 31, 2006 18:47, Jared Bellows wrote:
> This brings up an interesting question for me. Where do tech companies
> in Utah often place their openings? Dice.com? Monster.com? I find the
> hardest part about job hunting is finding the openings.

That is a really good point. I think companies ask the same question: "Where are
applicants going to find job postings?" It has been a recent topic of discussion in
my work-social circle. I've heard that surprisingly craigslist can be a good one to
check out.

I have found that the most effective job hunting technique is networking. In my
opinion a secondary part of PLUG is helping people network. So far PLUG has provided
tools like this mailing list, the #utah IRC channel (jointly), and plug.org. Maybe
in the future it might make sense to invite employeers/managers/HR types to learn
about Linux and the type of people available. I get this stigma sometimes where
people think a LUG is made up of high-school kids, or adults that still live with
"mommy." I don't think they've been to a recent PLUG meeting and met the
professionals that show up.

One thing that bugs me about job boards is trying to understand if a listing is
still relevant or not. It can also be hard to know if the 'must have' requirements
are *really* must have, or if you have a skill that can inter-change with one. The
only real way to know what is going on is to talk to people on the inside.

Like "they" always say: It's not what you know, it's who you know.

Every single job I have landed in the last 15 years has been obtained through
networking, not a job listing.

-Ryan



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