[ubuntu-uk] Where to find good labour

Mark Harrison Mark at yourpropertyexpert.com
Thu Sep 6 21:41:12 BST 2007

Michael Holloway wrote:
> Am i the only one who thinks this, or is it a linux geek prerequisite?
I can understand (these days) a Windows support person no longer needing 
to understand subnetting, but a Cisco one??????

> Additionally, if anyone knows of good recruitment methods for the 
> above, i would love to hear it! 
Personal contacts. The last few hires I've made have been on that basis.

If you are a potential employee looking to get these contacts, then 
network (not in the IP sense) - go along to local LUG / PHP Mongers 
meetings, etc. ... join (and participate) in trying to help people on 
this and other lists... if need be, find a local company and offer to 
work over a summer at "Vac student rates" (I did, and was still their, 
as UK Operations manager, 5 years later.)

However, realise that programming skill is only PART of what a typical 
employer is looking for - ability to work as part of a team, rather than 
adopt a "primadona" attitude. If everyone else in the organisation wears 
suits, don't expect to show up in jeans a T-shirt... on the flip side, 
if everyone is wearing polo shirts and chinos, don't be the only one in 
a 3-piece suit :-)

Wearing a suit doesn't make you a "suit", and if you claim that wearing 
a suit stifles creativity, consider that Einstein and Money seems to do 
quite well in them.


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