True! We do recruit --- but why would guys be looking in this employment section if they were not interested in a move?
What is a recruiter's true success story? A developer - turned architect - turned team lead - turned CTO - that comes back to hire great developers from us.
Well, granted, that's one success story. And of the 20 some recruiter's I've dealt with, I'd say I know two of that opinion. I know plenty more who see a success story as:
1. Place a person
2. Place him/her again
3. Place him/her yet again
4. Goto step 1
Heidi, your profession is much like the user car bussiness. Quality gets you somewhere, but often you can get a higher return on investment with little effort on the recruiters part and rapid throughput of candidates. Much like used cars, often people don't know how to look under the hood, and can easily get mislead. With no regulation, plenty of yahoos show up, call themselves recruiters, and work for quick profit, with little concern for a candidate.
I don't know you, so I can't say whether or not this applies to you or your company. But more often than not I've found recruiters to be unethical, and I've seen naive candidates get placed according to the interests of the recruiter firm, and not their own. I post this simply as an FYI to the other members, to be careful when talking to strangers.
Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:
As an employer, I can tell you I never bother to look at certification. Given two otherwise absolutely equal candidates, I suppose I'd take the one that's certified, but in the 100+ interviews I did last year, that never happened.
All certification tells me is you didn't just read a book and put Java on your resume. It doesn't tell me if you are a good coder. After about 15 minutes of questions, I have enough of an idea about your Java knowledge and programming ability to make a rought judgement; because the results don't seem to have any correlation to certification, whether or not it's on a resume doesn't save me any time.
Originally posted by M Prembroke:
Not disagreeing with you, but would emphasize your own words that certification does indeed tell you a person hasn't merely read a book and put Java on their resume. This isn't a trivial thing-