I am an avid journaler but an extremely sporadic blogger at best, but now is a great time to catch up. There are so many things going on right now that I am both excited and passionate about. I joined Women Who Code’s Meetup a while back and happily lurked during online events, learning about the community and doing my best to stay current on Coding/Development trends. Over the past few months, I’ve become more active in my local community with the desire to apply my knowledge as a recruiter and IT professional to help WWCode members in their career search. I cannot recommend WWCode enough. I have met some amazing IT professionals in varying stages of their careers and found a welcoming community of people dedicated to fostering a positive environment for learning, growing, and sharing. I am delighted to be starting my volunteer journey with them. Check them out at https://www.womenwhocode.com/.
I also did a bit of traveling recently to check off a few Want To Do’s from my always-growing list of interests and drove to Florence AL to attend Alabama Chanin’s School of Making workshop. This was a goal about 10 years in the making when I first read about Natalie Chanin’s Project Alabama in WWD. It was one of the most creatively fulfilling experiences I’ve ever had. I spent three days surrounded by creatives in a lovely workspace/retail space, being fed twice a day and learning how to craft slow-stitch garments. After feeling stagnant for a while (like…a WHILE), it feels great to be moving in a direction that brings me so much joy.
That just goes to illustrate a point.It’s not that hard to take the time to read up on the particular job description you’re trying to fill.The more knowledgeable you are about your field, the better your BS detector gets and the easier it is to screen for these positions.You don’t have to be a 1337 h4x0r to get the basic concepts of a skillset or even just know what the names of languages relate to.That’s what Google is for.It takes no more than 15 to 30 minutes a day to grow your knowledge base and research the basic requirements for a position.
I’ll tell you a story to emphasize this point.A friend of mine got contacted by a recruiter for a Scrum Master position.Said friend didn’t even know what Agile methodology was yet, but he was game, why not right?Because he’s personable and smart he managed to game the system by talking the recruiter into giving him all the information he would need to make it through the initial screening and through subsequent phone interviews.It was an exquisite example of benign voice phishing.A few weeks later he’s flown out for a large corporate interview, travel, meals and hotel all covered by the interviewing company.Imagine the discomfort of everyone involved when it’s discovered that their prodigy candidate knew absolutely nothing about what it takes to be a Scrum Master.Had the initial recruiter known more about Agile methodology and cared more about a good placement over meeting metrics, this whole situation could have been avoided.Don’t be that recruiter.Don’t be the one left catching all hell because you didn’t do due diligence. Take the time to read up on what you’re selling, I promise, it will make a difference.Besides, do you want to be lumped under whatever top 4 Google results for “recruiters are…” returns?