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   Apr 06

Inside Recruiting and consulting Practices

This is one of the most interesting and mind boggling practices in the US based job market. One of the reasons I had also wanted to mention about these unethical practices is that, there are few who get hurt financially in the long run without even knowing about it. Let’s say you have developed something all by yourself, you have an excellent profile. But, let’s say there is a fictitious opening for which a recruiter contacts you. You might have worked on something recently but, the skill is not one of your strong points. Because of the job market and everything you decide to give it a try. Do you even know why the recruiter contacted you in the first place? Noah !! simply to hire you right. I came to know this from lot of colleagues and senior managers in the industry. First of all, let me give you the facts, a above average guy with all the basic skill set like a DBA, Modeler knows the ins and outs of programming and development. He knows, the front end and the backend very well, I’m referring to someone a bit below an Software Engineer cum Architect. The thing is that, with various tools in the market almost all of the enterprise tasks can be done by, a handful of guys. How many people were involved with facebook? But, why has the recruiter contacted you lets get back to the question?  Well, did you ever think that, Is there a real opening? Maybe, if few extremely senior persons are retiring. With the job market as it is during the 2008 recession to now with another bubble coming up for the Option ARM payment defaults. More worse is about to follow. Every American owes about $30,000 in debt because of the recession.  Economy matters, it directly affects your job possibilities hence, it is important to understand the economical aspects.
Now probably someone would be able to understand and correlate to what is happening during recruitment. Here is when it gets messier. Let’s say you get a call from a recruiter for a modeling project. Some guy with a PhD might have spent about 4 years writing about 13,000 lines of complex code, with more than a million records and few hundred tables. This guy gets a better opportunity moves on working for another company. There are few other guys who wish to progress up the ladder and would do anything to get there, because of the economy. One has to take a lead, let’s say the next senior person takes charge who was close to the other person who left or was the mastermind. Here is the thing you would be expected to handle and take charge of the project within a 3months period. Wow, 3months is long enough, it’s only about 24 days a month. Working as a consultant, there is hardly any time for laziness etc. Do you think that you would be able to fix 13,000 lines in 75 days. Yes you can, probably if you get all the access to the database servers within 20 days. But, still you are heading on an edge to edge basis. There is no room for error, so chill and take it seriously as much as you can.
With the recession in hand the companies budget is also constrained. They also expect a peak performance from a couple of guys instead of a handful. There is already a sword hanging on another guy. So now, before even you get in others know who to eliminate. Do you think they are going to sacrifice their long term relations for a new guy? Noah…right. So now the juggle starts. Let’s say you start working on a module. Do you know why a file gets changed and gives you the same error everytime you fix it? 10days have already passed by the time you know it what is happening. Yeah, the other desperate team members are already replacing your files with the unfixed ones. Now a days with sophisticated tools a time stamp on your file can even be replaced. But, if you know digital forensics, you can figure out all this. How much time do you have in hand though, where are the energies going to to concentrated. Well, if you are from a different domain, the management is going to believe whom you already know. These are the SCAPEGOAT practices existing in the recruitment sector. I shall throw more light on the darker practices of recruitment.

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