Transformation of eychar in Java of the developer

When I found out that I was looking for Java developers for two Minsk companies, I was delighted because I was tired of searching for rare strong iPhones, androids ... I think about, class, Java, hundreds of unexplored profiles on My Circle and LinkedIn, a rather large database of javists available , Now I will quickly send out mass letters with attractive offers, and the point is in the hat.

We want you

My enthusiasm subsided in a week or two. As it turned out, all this time, with the search for Javists who were ready to change jobs, there were problems not only with me, but with most of the eychars in Minsk. Eichars searched for themselves, at the same time turned to the services of agencies for hiring IT specialists, to freelance recruiters, were ready to pay for recommendations. Of course, my colleagues and I / I found who they were looking for, and sooner or later the vacancies would be closed, but the search and hiring process could last not a month or two. Studying and analyzing the demand for Java developers, the difficulties of translation and wanting to compare offers from companies, find out the chips and candy wrappers of HR that may not be enough in my job descriptions, I decided to conduct such an experiment: stay a week in the role of a Java developer considering proposals for work.

So, on the weekend I started creating a profile on My Circle and, from this moment on, let me reincarnate as my imaginary hero and continue the narrative on his behalf.

The medical history is as follows: I am a man (it would be better for everyone), studied at the metropolitan technical university, 4 years of Java development experience, from 2007 to the present I worked in 2 companies.

Exactly at midnight from Sunday to Monday, I put a magic checkmark on My Circle that I was looking for work, and went to bed. Later, on Monday, I still posted my resume on (the most job site in Belarus) and started to wait. I did not indicate a phone number, but left only an e-mail. I kept the resume active on and did not uncheck My Circle for 5 working days.

Some statistics

At jobs.tut.byI found about 60 offers for Java developers of the SE, SSE, TL levels, but keep in mind that often 1 ad means several vacancies (I know a company in which under an ad there are as many as (!) 8 open positions). From Monday to Friday, I received 35 job offers to my e-mail, 31 of them are unique, because 4 companies received offers at the same time: 1) from the internal HR and from a freelance recruiter, 2) from two internal HR (or they are not interact with each other and don’t agree on who writes to whom, or decided to starve), 3) from the internal eychar and from an agency hiring IT specialists. One proposal was from a well-known Moscow company. And only in 14 proposals from all received contained a description of the company, projects, requirements for a specialist, satisfying me, working conditions. In others, the information was not entirely complete, or it was completely absent, which deprived me of an idea of ​​what to work on and under what conditions.

My observations and impressions of the first communication with the eychar

1. And discard the resume! Some eycharas asked to send a more detailed resume without describing the offer of the company. Yes, my resume had a drawback - the projects and my role in them were minimally described. The technologies that I own were indicated. All this with the goal of not distorting information about projects in companies that I indicated as places of my work. I put these letters aside in my “expectation base” and was going to return to them if it didn’t work out with those 14 companies that described open positions in detail and tempting. I understand that in some companies there are several projects that are potentially suitable for me, and Eichar wants to orient myself, which is more to my liking, but with such a stream of letters, specific proposals look more convincing.

2. Write down the address!Several recruiters, also without describing the offer and without asking a single question, immediately called for an interview, which also confused me: I saw this as a sign that the company was ready to consider everyone in a row, but I was SPECIAL.

3. There is a questionnaire in the attachment! At one company I was asked to fill out a 3-page questionnaire, it consisted of 50 percent of what I wrote in my resume, and also had a number of eychar questions. I probably would have filled out such a questionnaire only if it was a company, into which you get FIGs, but EVERYONE WANTS THERE.

4. Unfortunately, I am an eychar.It was embarrassing that in 1 company, eychar focused on the fact that it does not own project information, because it is (!) Eychar. In general, her letter was quite pleasant, and I understand that there are sometimes reasons why project information is not available to the eychar, but you should not explain the lack of information by the fact that you are eychar. It is better to come up with another reason or get out if the information is still not available to you.

5. I am and so , I and SC. It is clear that eychar writes standard letters to everyone, sometimes copying information from different sources, but we programmers, technical people like that, and I, for example, are not attracted to letters written in 3 different fonts of different colors. Maybe in this eychar the graphic designer dies?

6. Flirt Detected.At the first communication with company representatives, a hint of flirtation (of which there is apparently a stereotype about it) was detected by 1 eychar in the form of winking emoticons and an appeal to become a victim of all kinds of poaching.

7. I work, if that. There was also a couple of impersonal letters: without addressing by name, in the style of “hello, we invite, our address is such and such”. In these cases, eychar, it seems to me, sent a letter for a tick (they say, I work, if that).

Remaining still in the role of Java developer, I want to say that, in the absence of other information (for example, reviews of friends, “what I’ve ever heard of, read about the company”) and form an impression only from the first letter from the eychar, first first of all, I will consider those proposals about which I have received exhaustive information. I do not ask for an individual approach (I, of course, have only 2 pages of my resume for you so far), I am not ready to flirt either. Here, of course, I speak only for myself, because I know that there are programmers who want to start acquaintance with lisp, in order, for example, to know: at least in your company there is waiting for a loud clue with you, it seems to them that one the goal is already scored. I want to know about the project, technologies, working conditions, additional information, for example, in the form of links, where about the company, ).

Here I come out of the role of my hero and take the guise of the author of this post.

Have I learned any useful information from the experiment? Well ... I realized how exhaustive and clear information about the proposal is important in such a stream of letters from eychars. In addition, I was once again convinced that indeed in Minsk there is an increased demand for Java developers: a stream of vacancies with a small number of candidates (from 0 to 2 per week) looking for work, on My Circle or on a job site. You will not surprise me anymore by inviting a candidate for an interview, you will find out that he has scheduled time for interviews for one or two weeks: for example, my hero will need two weeks to go for interviews in those companies that impressed him. As for the presence of eychar chips for attracting candidates for interviews, I did not find any special ones, they were rather based on additional company goodies. Then,

UPD:I thought that the whole story will end there (although there was a tempting offer from the guys of the colleagues who read the post, to pull me up for a dozen standard Java questions and send me for interviews for material for the next article). The link to the article quickly spread in narrow circles, someone made compliments from the familiar Eichars, and someone expressed indignation for such a “divorce”. However, after going to the mailbox after 2 weeks (and I still did not delete the account on My Circle), I saw a bunch of new letters with a job offer: 9 new and 3 letters from eychars, which we wrote earlier and now, after a week or two, they asked whether I will come to them in the end after all. A letter from Kiev smiled at me, in which the recruiter said that she was addressing my hero on the recommendation of a colleague from Minsk. And the fact that that some HR and recruiters did not find this post and did not know that it was a substitute. This may mean that they do not read thematic blogs, forums, perhaps even someone does not know about the existence of these or did not set out to find out. Well, either they went headlong to work and already closed all the vacancies while I try myself in the epistolary genre.

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