re: Let's talk about recruiters VIEW POST


when i was looking for a new job a bit over two years ago, i got a call from a lady in my old home town. spoke a bit and it seemed like she had some things that fit my "expertise" (in quotes, because when i look back to the wernich from 2017, then i'm surprised at how little he knew), so i agreed that she can send me a couple places to check out.

before she sent me any jobs to look at, she sent me some paperwork to fill out. reading through that, i saw this bit:

"Consent to undergo a polygraph test, on request, in order to verify adherence to the terms and conditions set-out in this agreement."

i realised that there are tons of dev jobs in south africa (in case anyone is ever interested in moving here) and i don't have to jump through hoops to satisfy recruiters. if they end up placing me somewhere, they make a ton of money, so they should be jumping through hoops for me. ended up not communicating further with that place.

the company i work for now is awesome and i'm very happy, but i feel like the recruiters that placed me are now keen to get me moving to a new place, so after the fourth call this year i blocked their number. it makes for super awkward conversations in the office after the phonecall.

recruiters here tend to push the idea of "if you change jobs after 2 or 3 years, it looks good on your cv with all the experience you gained", but the general idea at our office is that it looks kind of terrible, because it takes you a good few months to learn the system you're working on and even more months to be comfortable with the code base. the company invests time and money in training you to do your job and after a bit of productivity, you run away. i wouldn't want to hire someone who will only be around for 2 years.

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