I have received 8 phone calls and as many emails in the last 4 hours (Wednesday afternoon) looking for a senior Xojo contractor. They started at $50/hr to work on site in PA. After I was reluctant the rate finally escalated to $140/hr. I think I could have gone higher but it got to the point it was crazy and I simply declined.
If you get any calls I suggest you are not shy about your hourly rate. Apparently lots of recruiters are very desperate to fill this job with a major pharmaceutical company.
I suppose senior Xojo skills are hard to find but I am insulted that they started at $50/hr but obviously had more available.
One recruiter told me that HCL America is the “implementor” and Merck is their customer. They were trying to fill the job for HCL.
Yes in the “old days” a recruiter actually did some vetting of the candidates but now it is just a game to gather up as many resumes as possible and just “throw” them at a job and hopefully one will “stick”.
Well, I get requests often for ads on my website.
I always respond, that unless they want to spend $5000/month on me, I am not interested.
Keeps them at distance
For such a job hunter, I would ask for a meeting with client to discuss job.
And let they pay in advance for traveling cost.
Either we would find something like me consulting from home or if meeting ends after an hour, just a nice little holiday somewhere
For anyone using google services for their email, make sure to hit the Flag as Spam button on the webmail interface.
The message gets sent in and they analyze it for key factors and it will help sort out similar messages meant for you or other google users in the future.
I rarely answer my phone if I don’t know the number. If it’s real and important there will be a voice mail and I can call the person back immediately.
Yesterday my phone rang ‘off the hook’ for a few minutes. It was accompanied by a half dozen emails.
Guess what it was about
I tried calling one “recruiter” back to ask if the client would consider remote work and the guy could barely speak any English. The guy calling from “Windows” about “viruses on your computer” is more polished and professional.
I would say winning the lottery has better odds than this job existing.
Merck outsourced their IT department to HCL years ago. So, that part is true. HCL is an Indian company, so I’m not surprised that their recruiters speak terrible English. They are probably not used to talking to Americans. Is it possible that Merck doesn’t know or care who HCL hires? Maybe. If you want to work in the Merck IT department, do you have to go through India? Maybe.
Last time around when they called me, I said “I’m sorry, but I can’t understand your English. Can we please continue this conversation via email?” They guy kept on talking, and I just had to hang up. They stopped calling me. This time around, I haven’t heard a peep out of them.