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Old July 16th, 2008, 03:30 PM   #1
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So, I get this email today:


07/16/2008

Hello Michael, my name is Tyler Gold and I am a technical recruiter with the Computer Merchant, LTD.

We are among the top 34 Information Technology Services Companies nationally with revenues approaching $200 million for 2008 and provide a variety of information technology consulting assignments, permanent placement, managed staffing and project services to our mature client base that include state, local and federal organizations as well as Fortune 1000 companies. We have over 5,000 consultants working at our clients today.

I am contacting you because your resume looks excellent for a technical position with a prestigious client for which we are currently sourcing. Id like to speak with you at your earliest convenience and can be reached at 1-800-617-6172. If you prefer to contact me via email my address is tgold@tcml.com.
If youd like, please also visit our website, www.tcml.com. It will be very helpful in having you learn more about us. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Sincerely,
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Sterling Heights, MI
Contract to hire

RESPONSIBILITIES:

* Participate in Design, Software Install, Network Configuration, Performance Monitoring and Troubleshooting of Linux server installations
* Participate in projects including the launch of new data centers worldwide, system upgrades, disaster recovery planning, and ongoing operational improvements.
* Maintain documentation for system configurations (Visio, Excel)
* Participate in on-call rotation for emergency problems

REQUIREMENTS:

* 5+ years experience supporting Linux/Unix server operations in a High Availability environment with degree in Network/Communication Management or Network Systems Administration
* Knowledge and experience with System Monitoring & Troubleshooting Tools
* Knowledge of Squid, MySQL, Cisco network gear, with Network Security techniques and operations beneficial.
* Must be self-motivated, work well in a fast paced environment and possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
* Must be authorized to work permanently in the United States
* Up to 20% domestic/international travel may be required

* Responsibilities included response to an average of 500+ unique alerts per week and take action to fix the alert immediately
* Delivered outstanding customer support, worked with a variety of technologies, and provided some off-hours and weekend support for multi-task, changed priorities based upon business need
* Worked successfully under pressure during production outages
* Performed and validated software installations and upgrades to various operating systems and layered software packages
* Performed Installation, maintenance, configuration and day-to-day support of AIX v5 Solaris 8/10, and Windows 2000/NT systems
* Performed routine operational system administration duties include troubleshooting of AIX/Solaris/UNIX/Linux and Windows operating system issues, daily monitoring of system health, backups and optimization as required
? Determine OS and File System issues and take appropriate action to restore functionality
? Duties includes create, implement and follow standard processes (Change Management processes and procedures), plan effectively to complete tasks on schedule, and clearly documented results


Note: Please allow me to reiterate that I chose to contact you either because your resume had been posted to one of the internet job sites to which we subscribe, or you had previously submitted your resume to The Computer Merchant, Ltd. I assumed that you are either looking for a new employment opportunity, or you are interested in investigating the current job market.
If you are not currently seeking employment, or if you would prefer I contact you at some later date, please indicate your date of availability so that I may honor your request. In any event, I respectfully recommend you continue to avail yourself to the employment options and job market information we provide with our e-mail notices.

Thanks again.
Tyler

The Computer Merchant, Ltd.
95 Longwater Circle
Norwell MA 02061
..............................


and I chuckle. This apparently is one of those job pimps that collects resumes off of monster and stuff and then tries and get business because they have "over 5000 resumes to search through". No where on my resume do I come close to meeting the requirements the guy lists. Feel free to contact him though if you do and are interested.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 03:37 PM   #2
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I meet those requirements, but his use of buzz words and recruiter speak are a big red flag. Not to mention his name is Tyler Gold

This is how the job is listed on their site
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The Computer Merchant is currently seeing a Lead Architect for a contract opportunity in Sterling Heights, MI. He or she will be responsible for all aspects of the technology infrastructure design. He or she is also responsible for gathering the client requirements, translating these into technical solutions and designing the infrastructure solution across from Conceptual to Physical configuration. During this process the Architect will be responsible for selecting component pieces of the technology solution and ensuring that these component elements integrate with all other aspects of the technology solution. The right candidate will have experience working within an infrastructure environment with large platforms including Mainframe, Wintel, Unix, Linux or Storage as he or she will be responsible for choosing all hardware and software. He or she will also be interfacing with upper level management, vendors and service providers. The right candidate must have excellent written and communication skills in addition to an extensive architectural background.
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yeah, I've had two or three of these pimp emails.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 03:46 PM   #4
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where did you list your resume?
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Old July 16th, 2008, 03:49 PM   #5
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career builder for general. I also have it out on usajobs.gov and a couple other federal sites since I am a GS12 rated intermittent with security clearance.
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I'm 90% sure this position is with CSC. TCML is the contract house they use.

Either with me at Chrysler, or at General Dynamics. It doesn't mention security clearance that I could see (I didn't read over it very well), so probably Chrysler. If you need a recommend, and find out it's CSC for Chrysler, send me a PM. I know all of the OS team leads, so if you're not an idiot, you shouldn't have much trouble getting in.

edit: they're a good company so far, and their story is that they don't like contracting people for long, unlike EDS, IBM, HP, etc... I can't 100% say they'll stick to their guns on that, but that's the line they're giving our contractors that transferred over.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 04:06 PM   #7
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i'd apply, but its so far out of my experience area I'd not be the best qualified although I'd learn fast.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 04:55 PM   #8
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this obviously is not a 40 hour work week position...

" Up to 20% domestic/international travel may be required

* Responsibilities included response to an average of 500+ unique alerts per week and take action to fix the alert immediately"


that's an average of one every 4.8 minutes... out of a 40 hour work week... with zero travel, and obviously doesn't count for peak/higher volumes, nor the 20% travel...

(unless my math is wrong, which it could be after enduring a 55 minute commute in bumper to bumper traffic with the top down, and the sun baking me...)

and yeah, the verbage at the bottom is verbatim of what I still see hitting my inbox for GIS related job search I had posted at Careerbuilder.com last year.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #9
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this obviously is not a 40 hour work week position...

[I]" Up to 20% domestic/international travel may be required


Driving to data centers, mostly in the local region... which is a max

* Responsibilities included response to an average of 500+ unique alerts per week and take action to fix the alert immediately"


sounds like bogus HR-speak, like those people that say "15 years Java experience"
Don't see many IT job descriptions that are actually indicative of what you're going to do, after the description makes its way through HR AND a contract house...
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damn.

I could do about 75% of this, but I don't have my degree yet and no 'actual' experience beyond messing around building servers and networks with the junk I have around the house.
Seems I may have been wasting my time training since I have yet to find an IT job with no experience requirements.
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damn.

I could do about 75% of this, but I don't have my degree yet and no 'actual' experience beyond messing around building servers and networks with the junk I have around the house.
Seems I may have been wasting my time training since I have yet to find an IT job with no experience requirements.
You tend to need the experience, the degree, and the certs anymore. Unless your willing to move out west, or start at 20k a year somewhere. A lot of my CS friend got hired into silicon valley companies right out of college with just their BA's. This was in 04-05 though.

When I graduated high school in 99' I was already A+ certified, and I was working on my CNA. At that time Netware was big and I could have taken a job right out of high school. I decided to go to college instead.

That may or may not have been a good idea after the IT sector failed. I worked in my field for 5 years while I was going to school and in that time got so burnt out on computers and politics that I started the 4x4 thing with Brian.

Even on bad days I'm a lot better off I think. If I ever go back to finish school I will finish up my CIS degree, but I could never work in the field.
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Yeah, I was banking on Linux taking off bigger than it has. It's still the dominant OS on servers, but doesn't seem to require an army of techs to keep it going.

Major fail on my part.

I may shift my focus to network security, if that isn't already filled up. I need to find a career for after my back gives out....
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Yeah, I was banking on Linux taking off bigger than it has. It's still the dominant OS on servers, but doesn't seem to require an army of techs to keep it going.

Major fail on my part.

I may shift my focus to network security, if that isn't already filled up. I need to find a career for after my back gives out....
As a network administrator I'd rather deal with linux systems any day over MS systems.

Linux is still growing at a rapid pace. The poor economy is actually fuelling the growth. No license fees, stability and abundance of free software make it an ideal solution - even to existing Unix systems. The job I currently have had about 12 windows servers, two linux servers and two AIX servers when I started less than a year ago. The physical windows servers have been moved onto VMware ESX servers (which are based on RedHat) and we have added another 6-8 virtual linux servers to fill various needs. We are migrating our ERP software from AIX to a virtual linux server later this summer.

Once an exchange killer steps forward and open office or something else becomes (more) friendly to the masses the desktop market will start making a move (thank you Vista for spurring people on).

But, this is coming from a linux zealot....
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i'd apply, but its so far out of my experience area I'd not be the best qualified although I'd learn fast.
WTF

You would rather sit on GL4X4 and piss and moan about not having a job rather than call this douchebag up and get an interview? At the VERY least take the interview for interview experience if nothing else.

You must not be "hurting" as bad as you say, if I were unemployed I would take every opportunity I could get.

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WTF

You would rather sit on GL4X4 and piss and moan about not having a job rather than call this douchebag up and get an interview? At the VERY least take the interview for interview experience if nothing else.

You must not be "hurting" as bad as you say, if I were unemployed I would take every opportunity I could get.

End rant.

Thank you, now I dont have to type that.
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As a network administrator I'd rather deal with linux systems any day over MS systems.

Linux is still growing at a rapid pace. The poor economy is actually fuelling the growth. No license fees, stability and abundance of free software make it an ideal solution - even to existing Unix systems. The job I currently have had about 12 windows servers, two linux servers and two AIX servers when I started less than a year ago. The physical windows servers have been moved onto VMware ESX servers (which are based on RedHat) and we have added another 6-8 virtual linux servers to fill various needs. We are migrating our ERP software from AIX to a virtual linux server later this summer.

Once an exchange killer steps forward and open office or something else becomes (more) friendly to the masses the desktop market will start making a move (thank you Vista for spurring people on).

But, this is coming from a linux zealot....
Linux zealot here too, how many people do you know set up mail servers for fun? I had an uptime machine (all it did was sit there connected to the internet, being a firewall) that ran for 4 years without ever being shut down. The power supply eventually failed.

If I could get part time evening work, even 'grunt work' like cableing or OS installs, I would do it cheap for the experience. I do need to work on my C++ skills, not too good of a coder- but then the instructor I had didn't teach the way I learn, I'm more of a visual person and he was a talker. I did much better in shell scripting and still can write in BASIC, even though there's not much call for it.

I need to get back to working on the command line again, I've found several nice GUI tools to do admin work and I've gotten lazy.
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Linux zealot here too, how many people do you know set up mail servers for fun? I had an uptime machine (all it did was sit there connected to the internet, being a firewall) that ran for 4 years without ever being shut down. The power supply eventually failed.

If I could get part time evening work, even 'grunt work' like cableing or OS installs, I would do it cheap for the experience. I do need to work on my C++ skills, not too good of a coder- but then the instructor I had didn't teach the way I learn, I'm more of a visual person and he was a talker. I did much better in shell scripting and still can write in BASIC, even though there's not much call for it.

I need to get back to working on the command line again, I've found several nice GUI tools to do admin work and I've gotten lazy.

seriously get a life
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Linux zealot here too, how many people do you know set up mail servers for fun? I had an uptime machine (all it did was sit there connected to the internet, being a firewall) that ran for 4 years without ever being shut down. The power supply eventually failed.

If I could get part time evening work, even 'grunt work' like cableing or OS installs, I would do it cheap for the experience. I do need to work on my C++ skills, not too good of a coder- but then the instructor I had didn't teach the way I learn, I'm more of a visual person and he was a talker. I did much better in shell scripting and still can write in BASIC, even though there's not much call for it.

I need to get back to working on the command line again, I've found several nice GUI tools to do admin work and I've gotten lazy.
Well, since the thread has been pretty much hijacked..... Setting servers up at home is great experience. It gives you an idea of what works and what breaks stuff. Can't help you with the work situation (thank you Michigan economy), but if I were you I'd stick with mastering shell scripting and consider learning perl instead of C++ (unless you plan on being a programmer).

CLI is where it's at. If you can use and understand CLI then the gui will come naturally.
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Don't take educational requirements seriously. Experience and recommendations are still far more valued in the field. Again, this is after HR gets their hands on the job description. I don't have a degree, and it hasn't hindered me one bit, although I have better experience than most.
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WTF

You would rather sit on GL4X4 and piss and moan about not having a job rather than call this douchebag up and get an interview? At the VERY least take the interview for interview experience if nothing else.

You must not be "hurting" as bad as you say, if I were unemployed I would take every opportunity I could get.

End rant.
how about the fact that its nearly a 2 hour commute out there for me in rush hour traffic?

The fact that the guy grabbed my resume off CB and then says I'm a perfect fit which goes to show he didn't read my resume at all. You think I'm an idiot for not applying for a job I have no qualifications for? Why dont I apply for all the circuit board and EE jobs that fall under the "systems" category while i'm at it I guess. Who care's if they require a BS in ME or EE and 5 years experience with circuit board design etc...
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