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27 January 2015 @ 10:27 am
A possible lead on a new job  
Just got off the phone with my first recruiter today.  That was a new experience.

She contacted me yesterday on LinkedIn, asking if I would be interested at a job in one of the Big DotComs in the area.  My reaction was What on earth do I have to offer that Big DotCom would want? I mean, I'm not a programmer.  I don't know the first thing about software and hardware. I don't have a degree in business, or marketing, or anything like that. But I said, sure, tell me more.

The recruiter sends me a description of the job, and lo and behold - it's actually something I am qualified for!  I have the background and the experience (or something quite comprable) that they want.  So I say yes, I'm interested, and I'll send an updated resume over tonight.  Which I do.

This morning when she called I didn't know what to expect.  Would I be doing a short interview?  Would she be offering tips for improving my resume?  I have no idea what recruiters do, except (I assume) they don't get paid unless I get hired so it's in their best interest to present good candidates.  But she didn't ask anything about my education or my work history.  She explained that as the job would be a one year contract, I wouldn't be eligible for paid holidays (fine) but I could get healthcare coverage.  Then she asked how much money I wanted.

This was something I had anticipated, but I wasn't sure what to say.  I mean, right now I make $15 an hour at RHA, but the jobs aren't really comparable.  I'd be doing much more actual work at Big DotCom compared to what I do now, so it seemed reasonable to ask for more money, but how much more?  I went online and the national standard for this sort of work seems to be in the 30K-60K range.  I figured we're in an expensive area, and Big DotCom is known to pay very well, so I said $25 an hour...but I have no idea if that's in the range Big DotCom was looking for.

Recruiter seemed to think it was reasonable, at least.  She said she'd file the paperwork that afternoon with that amount listed.  So there it is.

We'll see.  I mostly expect to never hear from her again, but who knows?  Maybe in the near future I'll be working an awesome (and intense) job at a Big DotCom.  That would so freakin' awesome.
kerokerotab on February 12th, 2015 04:03 pm (UTC)

When they asked me for my hourly for the position i have now, sean told me not to tell them.  I need more info about the position and ask them what they think is fair. They came back with an hourly far more than what i nearly suggested. Glad i kept my mouth shut! :-)

Suzik00kaburra on February 12th, 2015 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'll have to keep that in mind for next time
That is SMART.