Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 11 September 2001
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From: Rob K For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: can't find employees! Bruce: After following your column for what, two years now? I've got to tell you... I hire computer people: SysAdmins, operators and proprietary application users. I can't fill jobs with competent people! I've got to get what I can and then train them to what I need to have... So don't tell me that people can't get jobs because there's no jobs... They have to go to where the jobs are. Several qualified people have flat out told me they wouldn’t move for a job. I'll give you an example: I had a Senior Logistics/Systems Administration job (UNIX, actually HPUX, and INFORMIX database). It paid moderately well for this area (about $55K USD per year). It took FOUR MONTHS to get someone to fill it that was either a qualified Logistics Analyst or a qualified HPUX SysAdmin. And I've still got to train the person I hired in the specifics of the job and work on the HPUX. Face it; WinNT server people are out there...there's only a hand full of UNIX people. And HPUX is reliable. So... What am I getting at? I had people send in resumes that said they knew all kinds of flavors of UNIX, but had no logistics experience. I had all kinds of logistics people, but they either had no computer skills or they were "box kickers" and not global logisticians. Most of the applicants couldn't write a complete sentence or use words in the proper context! I had a "letter of supplication for position" vice a "letter of application for position" (at least I'll assume the person wanted to apply for the job and not grovel for it!). What are EMPLOYERS supposed to do?! Rob K Baton Rouge, LA From: Bede For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: work in nz After having left my employment a few months ago its taken awhile to get job offers but they have all of a sudden started stacking up like crazy! the work is out there and there are interesting sites left to do, how ever they seem to always fall under the budget range big web business such as advantage netbyte etc are willing to even look at. how ever for a contractor like me its easy money with most sites taking 1 - 2 weeks, which is a nice turn around. also some inquires i had related to work in progress with other companies, They basicly wanted a knowledgeable person to prevent them getting ripped of and making sure that projects where running on schedule and where actually at a decent price (not all ceo's understand the work involed and like to have some one actually confirm yes it is hard work and they are actually doing a decent job.. and like wise when some ones dicking them around) there is room for good programmers and it staff. Nz being what is, jobs are dished out by ppl who know. call it the old boys network if you will but thats how jobs get handed out. example: me and a good friend of mine where sitting in wendys queen st eating lunch, he got a ring from a guy needing some work and was offered considerable money for it. unfortunitly he had to turn it down because he had plenty of work already, the other person asked if he knew one of the other canadates, he said yes and that he had worked with him before and that he was a good guy to work with. then he turned to me to say he could have given me that job if i had a ccne (I do programming not novell support) in a way you could say its an anti cowboy mechanisim built into the new zealand computer workforce. of course the odd smart one who knew what to say gets in every now and again but in short the work is there for good quilified workers that work well with there collegues. From: dominic For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: We're discovering something I read your column with interest. I'd like to use an analogy: a book. If I think of the Net as a book, I wouldn't be surprised if I find myself coming to an ending....there is a limit to how many pages I could write. If our population were a 1/10 of what it is now, I think the Internet would be a lot smaller. However - entering reality - an Internet page varies in it's size and what's on it. And it's content can change, hourly. I don't think humanity wants to make a book that has no ending. We have a need to stop. Take a break. And do something different. I think the Internet has a second life to lead; we've completed the first. I think this will be the more interesting part of building an "internet". As for the web design industry. I think the industry has changed in relation to the state of the Internet and it's involvement with life. The Internet has a formal side. I've met people who judge people on the basis of their credibility. If someone wants to do something serious on the Internet, they'll go to a company that has a track record. And some do. In 1995, "cowboy" web designers were able to exist. Remember what the Internet was like back then? Informal, undeveloped, etc. A lot of people were happy to work with those with similar credential to that of what they were using. The Internet has a different relationship with business nowadays. Call it what you will, the "dot-com bursting" is a merely an expression for a phenomenon we're experiencing. The Internet is at a point of maturity for a level of technology. I think we're also realising that a billing system is required, and that payment for content is an idea backed by reality. Nothing is free. To me, one thing has changed: any interaction with anything Internet always involves dealing with people across the world. I can't remember a time when I was always dealing with the rest of the world. I'm happy to pay 2 cents for a visit to a web site. How can a safe method be set up?Now Have Your Say
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