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how did you find your current job?

How did you find your current job?

-, et al (which one)
- recruiter
- personal referal
- other

just curious about what has really worked for most people

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Nepotism!  It's the only way to job hunt.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Campus Comp. Sci. department mailing list.  My employer is about 1 mile from where I graduated.

Myron A. Semack
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

J/K -- it was a flattering recommendation from a friend on the inside (that's not true nepotism, is it?).

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Company website

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

They were next door to the pub.

(and several people who I used to work with worked there and told me about the job)

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

monster/dice (not sure which of the two the recruiter saw me on, but those were the only places I posted)

- former car owner in Queens
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

A friend of my mom works here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

University web site.  I looked because I was already taking classes here, and one of the job benefits was free tuition.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

1. Went to the website of a company I wanted to work for, searched their job database.
2. Applied for an open position, had a great interview, and was waiting for an offer.
3. The position "went away" due to internal politics.
4. Another recruiter at the company snatched my resume off someone's desk and called me up about another position.
5. Interviewed for that position, and got it.


Mark Bessey
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Friend of a friend of a former coworker.

Chris Tavares
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Saw an add in and phoned the company to inquire. Got an interview and the job shortly thereafter.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

What job?

Sam Livingston-Gray
Tuesday, March 23, 2004


name withheld out of cowardice
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

A friend got me in the door.  Then standard interviews followed by 90 days of hard work and nail-biting.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

A friend told me about this job, I now work for a former co-worker.  Hopefully I'll be starting a new job in a few weeks, got that from a former boss (I'll be working for him again).

Sad to say, I found most of my jobs via friends.  And I really hate networking.  There has to be a better way.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I have my CV posted on the internet along with a friendly mobile number.

Ignore my ignorance
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Ad in the newspaper.    Actually every job I've ever gotten has been from just answering an ad in the paper and sending in a resume. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

started by own business :)

The job before that was gained through nepotism.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

College buddy.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I got the interview selling Programming Internet Email--if you can believe it. I was having a boring day so I approached a guy in the computer book section of a super bookstore where I first worked when I moved to Toronto. Chatted up a storm about it and ended up working on one of the largest online CRM/marketing campaigns the world's ever seen.

Li-fan Chen
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I drove by and said "Hey a software company, I should go work there"  (this is while moving my, now wife, down here)....

A year later I moved down with her, submitted my resume got the job the next day.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I posted my resume to a local technology site ( and the company requested more information and eventually hired me.

Chris Winters
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I got my current job just by thinking that it was a company where I wanted to work. No vacancy, just a matter of the right time... I'm still surprised ;-)

But I'm not in the US, I'm not sure if this is a difference.

Andreas Sikkema
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Someone found the resume I'd posted on my website and wanted me to work for him. I couldn't at the time (already had two jobs, and was in college), but he referred me to the president of where I currently work. I got an internship, and now work here full time.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

And I brought another refugee with me.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I saw the posting on monster.  About the same time four recruiters from four companies emailed me about the position.  I got absolutely no traction from them.  About a month later the same position was STILL on monster and I got a couple more recruiter emails.  I chased one of the recruiters down and hounded her into submitting me for the position.  She finally got me the interview and the rest is history ...

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I "followed" a collegue from one company to another more attractive company.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I posted a resume to craigslist.  Got "interviewed" on
a cellphone while on vacation in the Grand Canyon.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

My husband's group needed a part time person with my skills, I was between contracts. Benefit for them is that when we travel on site (the office is across the country), they only have to pay for one hotel room and rental car!

All (2) of my previous contracts were acquired through my professional network. A previous full time job was also through the network.

Nothing like a busted-up to flesh out the network!

Lauren B.
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I worked at the company as an intern in college and was hired after graduation.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Job board at uni.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Sexual favors.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

From a touch screen in a social security office - the only time I went in and the only job I applied for after being laid off.

Jack of all
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

A recruiter who had my resume circa 1998 emailed me last December.

fool for python
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I started the company and then hired myself.

Is that nepotism?

Mr. Analogy
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Last job I got, I compiled a list of companies checked their websites for jobs. Those with Job's I sent a taylored CV to, those that did not I sent a general CV to. That was in 1999, it has not worked in 2003 :(

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

A friend of my wife's works there.

Aaron F Stanton
Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Answered a newspaper ad.  The position ended up being rather different than I expected, but I'm still here.

(Mr. Analogy, why the name change?)

Wednesday, March 24, 2004, consultaning company found my resume. I was a perfect fit for the position and had a great interview. worked a contract then went "perm" when the contract ended.

michael sica (
Wednesday, March 24, 2004

It was year 2000...

1) Grad student from my college was spotted by MSFT recruiter who saw her conference paper on something software related;
2) She was not interested in the job, but passed contact to her friend;
3) Her friend got job at MSFT and was asked to find more good candidates if possible;
4) She posted a topic on local BBS;
5) I saw it, contacted recruiter, got interview and offer;
6) I moved to US :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

9 easy steps

1) Saw job on job board (, advertised by recruiter.
2) Submitted my CV to rectruiter.
3) Different recruiter called me about another job, asked my who had my CV.
4) I told her, "some company in London that does ..."
5) She said, "ah, that must be *******"
6) Ha! I thought.  Checked their website, loads of jobs.
7) Rang original recruiter, she told me they weren't interested.
8) Rang the company directly, argued with the receptionist until she gave the phone to someone in the company.
9) Sent my CV straight to him, got interview and hired! No recruiter fee!

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

By being a wargamer.

No, really.

I've moved into ECW gaming, so I decided to make proper terrain, so I phoned round looking for a supplier for polystyrene. Found a nice nearby handy supplier.

Supplier turned out to be in the throes of moving their systems from Windows to Linux, because they're fed up of the control systems crashing. {The cutting gear is sharp, hot, hundreds of volts and moving...}

Their experience is good enough they want to expand into selling Linux IT systems, and have teamed up with a hardware reseller.

So they're after software engineers to produce the customisable apps for their clients...

And so, here I am. Writing a Yacc-based compiler that produces the stored SQL to produce LaTeX reports from a Postgres database. Yumyumyumyumyum. This is first job in yonks I've really enjoyed working at.

Katie Lucas
Wednesday, March 24, 2004

> Writing a Yacc-based compiler that produces the stored SQL to produce LaTeX reports from a Postgres database.

???? *faints*

Li-fan Chen
Wednesday, March 24, 2004

My last 4 contracts since 2001 were obtained by sticking my resume on Dice and Monster and getting calls from recruiters. 

I've found that responding to postings on Dice and Monster yield absolutely nothing.

DICE is so expensive to businesses both to post ads and peruse resumes that many recruiters have told me they only have access to the dice summary blurb that people like me fill out. 

So spend more time wording your dice summary than the resume -- they'll just ask for a new email resume anyway.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

45 responses, and almost every one was on topic.  That's certainly a personal best for me, if not a board record.

When I get a sec, I'll tally the responses, but it looks like networking/personal referral wins out by a large margin.


Thursday, March 25, 2004

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