Julie McCarthy

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Recent posts by Julie McCarthy

Honestly? Wow, I didn't realize. My time away is indicative of how long it's been since I last had the privilege of working with techies (not one myself).
If it helps stoke the fire, I can breathe on my monitor till it's all steamy and stuff.
p.s. Jim!!! :wave:
[ February 19, 2003: Message edited by: Julie McCarthy ]
17 years ago
Awwww...I forgot how much fun this forum can be.
While recommending javaranch to quite the accomplished geek today, I realized I haven't been here to dumb down the place in a long time. You'd have no reason to remember my name of course, but it makes me happy to see some familiar 'faces' at the ranch.
Rock on, y'all.
17 years ago

Originally posted by Shama Khan:
- Attacks are and were conducted because of Hatred.
- Hatred comes from Fear
- Fear comes from the Unknown (not knowing about ...)
- Not Knowing comes from Not Learning.
- We have to get out there and learn about each other so we
can see how alike we are and how little our differences are.


I've heard this argument many times, and I've finally decided - I ain't buying it.
I've done a bit of traveling in my time, and have been in some places where I look quite a bit different from the locals. Said locals weren't particularly well-educated, or knowledgeable about me - but that didn't translate into hate, only curiosity and hospitality.
Hate crimes seem to proliferate in areas where people are supposedly "civilizied" and "well-educated". I believe this type of hate isn't rooted in ignorance; rather from a deliberate choice. And people percieved as Muslim are the latest excuse for haters to tap into their reserves.
All of which, I suppose, is a case of semantics - a moot point when people are justifiably scared and in peril. But I wanted to express a different point of view about the cause.
18 years ago
Just be prepared to explain it. Lengthy gaps of employment are red flags to employers. I would suggest accounting for the time in the body of the resume. I did this when formatting my mother's resume, for instance - she took time off to care for a sick family member. In subsequent screens and interviews, the gap was never an issue and didn't overshadow her qualifications.
19 years ago
Pradeep - when I'm looking for Java Developers for server-side applications, I hope to see C++ on the resume because it increases the chance that s/he has OO skills. If you feel comfortable including C++ on your resume it might be a good idea, assuming you're looking for back-end programming. Nick's approach sounds very reasonable; just be clear about what you do and don't know early in the interview process.
19 years ago
Oh, I see. Well I wonder where the 8K figure comes from? Sounds pretty arbitrary. At any rate, I've never personally known of a company going after an employee for any kind of refund, but then I've also never heard of one including a bond clause in an offer letter like yours. Whether or not they come after you is probably an internal decision the company would make, I don't think there's one answer that applies to all situations.
I hope it turns out well for you though. Please let us know what you decide.
19 years ago

Originally posted by Jayawant Sharma:
[B](ps. I forgot to mention that i am a Green card holder of USA.) /B]


I don't know the answer to your question, but am surprised that a 'green' card holder is looking for H-1B sponsorship. In my experience it's been the other way around. In that case, do you really need to consider working for a place that could have an 8K bond hanging over your head?
19 years ago

Originally posted by Peter Lyons:
Here's a good one to know: www.webopedia.com
Check for definitions there!



Peter, you just made my day. I've been looking for a site like this for MONTHS and never think to ask you guys when I'm here. My sincere thanks for giving me a clue!
19 years ago

Originally posted by Patrick Krook:
Job hunting and recruiting are two full-time jobs.


Amen to that, brother! Job-hunting is exhausting on many levels and definitely, a job in and of itself. Hadn't done it for ten years, but now I've done it three times in the past five years. Getting to old for this #$@!...
At any rate, sincere congrulations! You must feel gratified and vindicated. Cannibals & their kinfolk can beat down your self-worth, but it sounds like you refused to be julienned.
P.S. I don't like Monster much either - as an applicant or an HR drone!
[This message has been edited by Julie McCarthy (edited October 19, 2000).]
19 years ago
Jayawant - sounds like everyone's already agreed that you don't have to sign the bond; it seems your primary concern is whether or not this company is reputable.
You got good advice from Mr. "Fiktishus", about checking with the BBB. If you had a chance to interview with several people within the company, perhaps you have the basis for a personal-enough relationship to tactfully ask a few questions.
If it IS a body shop, I deal with them all the time and understand your trepidation. But I also talk to plenty of programmers who started off in such an environment, but found other employment once they came to the USA. It's such a personal decision that I loathe to advise you, except to say I hope you do your homework and that it pays off.
19 years ago
Every company conducts phone screens differently. If your first contact is with someone like me (HR) then no, it probably wouldn't be very deep. But if a programmer calls you, it could be quite technical because bringing someone in for on-site interviews involves additional resources. An employer wants to make sure they're on the right track with an applicant. Also, some companies have made offers based on phone screens, so they can be rather involved.
This might be better in some ways than an on-site interview, for the applicant. You're not in the 'hot seat', meeting people and trying to make a good physical impression. Instead you can be at home in a comfortable, low-pressure setting. It's still nerve-wracking but not as much as the alternative.
19 years ago
What Michelle said.
19 years ago
Paranoid? I'm pretty new to the whole immigration side of this business, but my personal experience is that the talented native worker has little to fear. I get spammed daily by body shops with H-1B slaves working for them (poor coders) and they don't usually seem to have the skill sets of people who've been working in the U.S. for awhile because - I'm generalizing now - they haven't been exposed to all the same technology, or don't have many years of experience, etc. Communication skills are also an issue for many new to this country.
And H-1B's are a pain to obtain, partly because the INS is concerned about American workers being undercut by cheaper labor. You have to show what you're paying your current staff, and what you're going to pay the H-1B applicant, and the process is long and expensive and (again, my opinion only) prohibitive. Have you noticed how many companies say 'no H-1B applicants' or 'no sponsorship available' and stuff like that? It might seem rude but they don't want the hassle or the built-in wait time of ANY kind of visa sponsorship (there are a lot of categories too, H-1B's aren't the only way foriegn workers can be employed here). Plus, after you sponsor someone, the H-1B the company paid for can be transferred from under their noses, without their knowledge. Or another company can offer to sponsor the same employee themselves so they can still leave you fairly easily, no strings attached. H-1B'ers can move around like an American or "green card" worker, it just takes longer because of the paperwork.
Ageism is a whole other topic, but I haven't seen much of that in the hi-tech industry, personally. Still, workers over 40 are in a protected class under federal law; sad we need that to be legislated, isn't it?
19 years ago
NYC, or at least someone who represents the area. We need one or two people for a Wall St. engagement.
19 years ago
Does anyone know of reputable tech recruiters in NY? I'm trying to find a few, but I'm doing it from Cali so I don't have a point of reference.
If any Developers in NY have agency names they trust (for full-time or contract work), I'd sincerely appreciate the referrals. Thanks very much for your help!!!
19 years ago