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I thought I�d interject that anyone who is paying H1-Bs less is doing so in violation of federal law. When requesting and H1 visa for an applicant the employer must attest that he has made a good faith effort to fill the position with a domestic worker and is paying the H1 no less than a domestic worker with similar skills. And the IRS does audit employers on this. Are there abuses? I�m sure there are, but most of us live in such fear of any kind of government audit that we sure wouldn�t risk the six-figure fines to save a few bucks on payroll. Besides the INS is by far the most difficult government agency to deal with.
I wonder where all these highly skilled domestic programmers have been hiding? I�ve hired over 100 IT workers in three years and had to steal just about everyone of them from some other company, and pay five-figure placement fees to do so. What I often found was that many well-qualified domestic candidates were unwilling to relo while foreign nationals would jump at the chance. That probably explains why some companies ended up with so many. In my case, my company�s federal technology license limits me to hiring US Citizens or Permanent Residents in most IT positions, so it�s never been an option. Of course 2001 has been a different ball game, an employer is going to be hard pressed to establish that he can�t find a domestic worker with the needed skills.
19 years ago
The Madison Ave. Approach To Eliminating bin Ladin
A government funded media blitz throughout the middle-east, billboards, TV, radio, bumper stickers on donkeys, the works. All touting the virtues of �bin Ladin Smoked Hams and Bacon. Complete with lip-synced personal endorsements.
His countrymen will do the rest.
19 years ago
Jane, you're being a bit hard on Lady Thatcher. I heard her speak a couple weeks ago in Ft. Worth, she did a credible job. She's getting up in her years, but still one feisty lady.
I was surprised to hear that she has degrees in both engineering and law. In fact, she got her law degree, passed the bar, was elected to her first public office and had twins all in the same year. That's one tough lady, and still a real hawk.
Pres. Bush's predecessor as Gov. of Texas was an equally feisty lady who hunts quail and rides a Harley, named Ann Richards.
19 years ago
Ok, this one�s bit of a stretch, I�m sure the bartender will pitch me in the horse trough if it�s to far out of line. Knowing that many developers have different backgrounds and skills I thought I�d give this a try anyway.
QA Engineer II (Multilingual)
Will lead effort in Quality Assurance to test foreign language products prior to release, build test cases to include in the regression suite database, and advise Product Assurance Manager on product�s readiness for release. Requires 3-5 years in software development or quality assurance with notable experience in test case development, use of testing tools and working in a team environment. Strong oral and written communications skills are a must, knowledge of Java, Windows or UNIX helpful. Requires fluency in Korean in addition to English. Italian or Portuguese would be a plus.
Dallas area candidates preferred, US Citizens or Permanent Residents (�Green Card�) only. $50-65K plus full benefits from day-one)
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19 years ago
My daughter graduated from college and got married this year, my son in in 10th grade (just got his driver's license).
Sixteen was the rule when I was growing up but most kids seem to start dating younger these days. We permited our kids to "go out" with others to group activities in the 14-15 range. Since they can't drive yet, one set of parents or the other has to provide transportation anyway. Solo dating still coincides with getting your driver's license here (usually 16).

Although I never actually called any of my daughter's boy friends "Meathead", I think a little bit of Archie Bunker comes out in most dads when their daughter starts dating.
19 years ago
I have another good one if somene can give me instructions on how to attach it. (cut/paste obviously doesn't work)
19 years ago
Having done a little flying in both the real and virtual worlds, I can tell you that half the fun of a flight sim is doing stuff you�d never consider trying in the real world. I�ve �flown� any number of different aircraft between the WTC Towers, under bridges and even the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
For those who have a problem with MS FS 2000, all I can say is that they thoughtfully included their own offices on the terrain map and a nice selection aircraft suitable for Kamikaze missions.
19 years ago
I was told, some time ago when donating blood, that those with a history of blood-transmitted disease can still donate but their blood is marked and reserved research and other uses. This is valuable in that either frees another pint of blood for direct use or give researchers blood with a specific disease history they may actually be looking for. It's conceivable though that given the immediate need and long lines of donors, someone with such a history might be declined in time of crisis. I'd call your local hospital or blood bank and ask.
19 years ago
Hiring managers are a quirky bunch. Some consider the cover letter to be equal in importance to the resume, while others pay little or no attention to it. Hedge your bets, construct a carefully worded cover letter specific to the requirements of the job you're applying for. Summarize what you're looking for, and what experience you have that makes you a good fit for the employer's open position. Be sure to include any info that might relate to your situation (no relo assistance needed, require sponsorship, available in 30 days, willing to travel etc.)
Good Luck

Originally posted by Brandon Hill:
Is a cover letter important for technical resumes. I really haven't looked much for a job.

19 years ago
I have no problem with plain text resumes as long as they aren't too difficult to read. I'm looking for information not art work. Many employers are scared of attachments, so pasting it in the email text is your best shot. Look for specific instructions in the job posting as to the employer's preference.
I have observed however that some hiring managers do weigh the r�sum��s appearance. This isn't common in IT but it can happen. It doesn't hurt to offer a formatted resume in you cover letter or email text if you are submitting one in plain text form.
Good Luck

Originally posted by john gabriele:
How 'bout simply including a plain text resume at the end of the email rather than sending an M$-Word attachment?
Do you mind plain text or are Word docs preferable?

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19 years ago
I have a couple relatives in the US Forest Service who have been involved in fire fighting operations off and on for nearly 30 years. One died in a helicopter crash fighting a fire, the others have had close calls. Firefighting is dangerous work whether it�s in the woods or a city.

The recent tragedy points out just one of the challenges involved in fighting these large blazes. Coordination between agencies and the various jurisdictions fighting a fire can be a hair puller I hear. Inevitably �political agendas� can hamper their efforts, sometimes costing both lives and property.

I doubt if even the most rabid environmentalist envisioned that a water use restriction designed to protect a species which it turns out wasn�t even in the lake, would end up contributing to a loss of human life. This is however, a classic example of what happens when political zealots make rules to accomplish one purpose without thinking through the possible ramifications of them. Unfortunately our lawmakers and bureaucrats are great at this sort of thing.
19 years ago
We HR people are curious lot, we�re expected to be the resident expert on a library full of local, state and federal laws; know where every form the benefits providers produce is stored and when to use it; referee knife fights between employees, provide a sympathetic ear to everyone with a perceived social injustice, and explain all the above to management while begging for a budget. Oh, yeah, and in our spare time we are expected to fill a long list of IT positions needed with just a hand full of alphabet soup for job descriptions.
Here are a few ways to make sure you don�t hear from a prospective employer.
1. Format your resume in small type to give us eyestrain trying to determine if you�re qualified. (Most of us have vision coverage)
2. Send your resume to every posted job opening you find without reading the requirements.
3. Don�t give any employment dates so we have to guess at how much experience you have.
4. Send lots of copies of your resume to us, we have plenty of hard drive space.
5. Ignore submittal instructions to show how clever you are.
6. Follow up with lots of emails and phone calls to show how interested you are.
7. Hide the important stuff like relevant skills somewhere near the bottom of your resume so we have to hunt for it.
8. Don�t tell us if you need sponsorship, we love those surprises later in the process.
9. Exaggerate your qualifications, what are the odds we�ll find out?
10. Don�t bother telling us where you are located or if you have specific geographic preferences. We can tell all that from our crystal ball.

The above is not intended as criticism of anyone, hopefully it may help some.

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19 years ago
Jacob, check out my posting on the Jobs Open side. If it sounds interesting to you let me know.
Lance Anderson

Originally posted by Jacob Schuetze:
I am a senior Java developer with extensive experience in various Java related technologies. I also have extensive contracting experience. I am, however, searching for an FTE position, but would consider a contract position as well. I live in north Denver, Colorado and am not interested in relocating at this time, but willing to consider positions that require a fair amount of domestic and/or international travel.
My resume can be viewed online here
Thanks for your serious consideration.

19 years ago
Software Developer II & III (Java, OO, UML, UNIX) Dallas, TX
Must have 2+ years experience in object-oriented analysis and design of Java applications in Servlets. Familiar with UML, Patterns and UNIX. Knowledge of JProbe, JNI, HTTP, SMTP, JDBC, cryptography, Visual Age, ClearCase, or C++ are pluses.
Must have development and have full lifecycle and team lead experience.
Location: Dallas
Salary ranges; Level II = $70-85K Level III= $85-100K
Benefits: Medical, dental, life, LTD, 401K, Flex 125, ESPP
Please Note: The terms of our federal technology license restrict me to hiring only US Citizens or Permanent Residents (green card holders) for this position.

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19 years ago

Originally posted by Michal Harezlak:
I am a strong believer in one-page resumes. What do you think?

Don't get hung up on whether the resume should be one or two pages. I look at dozens every week, most hiring mgrs with a pile of resumes to review will spend no more than 10 sec. on the first pass looking over you resume. It has to tell them what they're looking for easily and quickly or it'll likely go in the reject pile. That means nothing smaller that 10 pt type, use bullets to highlight areas of expertise, or bold headings to direct attention to what's important.
A skill set list at the top is best because a hiring manager or recruiter can see quickly if you have the skill set needed. Assuming that you pass the first sort, you then need to have enough detail about what you've done and the tools you've used to further qualify you for the position.
Although I've seen a few resumes which would qualify as books (not desirable), I've probably passed on more because they didn't give me enough info to tell if the candidate was qualified or not. Two page resumes are the norm.

19 years ago