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Dear Recruiter: Help Me Help You

applicants,buildings,business,businessmen,businesswomen,females,help wanted,job hunters,job hunting,males,opportunities,people,signsAs we head into the second half of 2012, I average about 3 to 4 calls/emails from recruiters per week.  In contrast to the overall job market which is still not doing so well, the market for information technology professionals is quite lively, especially in and around the metro areas.  Hot skills include the following:

  • information security
  • unified communications
  • virtualization and cloud
  • mobile development
  • anything that has Citrix in it

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but I am contacted about these needs quite often.

For the record, I am quite happy in my current role as an independent consultant providing a broad range of services around Information Security and IT Operations.  That said, I am always ready to listen to a good opportunity – if not for myself, then for one of my friends or colleagues.  I’m also happy to connect with good recruiters, as the good ones are worth their weight in gold.

What I need, and what I’m finding hard to obtain, is a good job description.  Yes, I realize that as a job placement specialist, you’re trying to move as quickly as possible to address the ever-shifting needs of fickle employers, but you need to let those same employers understand that they’re not going to get suitable candidates when they can’t clearly articulate what the role is, what the compensation looks like, who it reports to, and what skills are essential to being successful in it.

Not only will I not bother to consider vague job specs for myself (and we have to have a very good relationship before I’ll violate that rule), I won’t pass them on to any of my colleagues or contacts either.  It just wastes everyone’s time.

Send me a solid job spec, and I’ll let you know if I fit, if I have friends that fit, and I’ll be willing to see who else in my network fits.  Nebulous job specifications will generate an entirely different sort of response.

It’s only reasonable.

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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 9:41 AM by Logik!

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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.