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Previously on "State of the Market"

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  • PerfectStorm
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    Originally posted by _V_ View Post
    • Youthful and energetic workplace - Even the CEO has acne, and dresses like a 14 year old. Grey haired types need not apply.
    * everyone works til 10pm cos they're too terrified of peer pressure to leave at 5

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  • _V_
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    • Youthful and energetic workplace - Even the CEO has acne, and dresses like a 14 year old. Grey haired types need not apply.

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  • PerfectStorm
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    Originally posted by SussexSeagull View Post
    I do at times wonder if some contractors are in the same universe as me. I get they might be in more demand than me but time of year or broader economic situation not ever effecting the range of roles on offer or rate? Ok then.
    I mean, it does a bit, but once you've been rolling for a while, the strength of your CV opens doors that are shut to you at the start of the career.

    Much as I apply for roles, the ones I actually get are from agents finding me (details harvested from roles applied for previously) and telling me about them. This happens regularly enough that I don't really have to look as such. I've turned down 6 verbal offers this year and said no to many more that weren't paying market rate or wanted something permielike like office presence.

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  • SussexSeagull
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    I do at times wonder if some contractors are in the same universe as me. I get they might be in more demand than me but time of year or broader economic situation not ever effecting the range of roles on offer or rate? Ok then.

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  • edison
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    Originally posted by CheeseSlice View Post

    We need a Job Spec De-coder thread for these.

    e.g.
    • exciting opportunity = the last contractor left for something better and we're hiring a replacement
    • fast moving company = impatient client, or utterly toxic with high staff turnover
    • world leading company = probably a global toilet roll manufacturer you've never heard of
    • competitive rates = we want the cheapest contractor
    • excellent work environment = Standard office. Free coffee and tea, good luck finding a spare mug
    • strong attention to detail = client likes to micromanage
    I think you've got that pretty nailed down! I'll never look at job ads again in the same way

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  • CheeseSlice
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    Originally posted by PerfectStorm View Post

    The "funky and vibrant" description of anything is usually a warning of "crap money/conditions incoming"
    We need a Job Spec De-coder thread for these.

    e.g.
    • exciting opportunity = the last contractor left for something better and we're hiring a replacement
    • fast moving company = impatient client, or utterly toxic with high staff turnover
    • world leading company = probably a global toilet roll manufacturer you've never heard of
    • competitive rates = we want the cheapest contractor
    • excellent work environment = Standard office. Free coffee and tea, good luck finding a spare mug
    • strong attention to detail = client likes to micromanage

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  • edison
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    The usual quiet periods of the market either side of xmas or summer holidays never seem to apply to me for some reason. I'm on my 8th contract role since I switched from perm 10 years ago and four were secured in December, the rest were in July/August. Conversely I've often found lean pickings when looking during what theoretically are peak months of say, March -June and Sept-Nov.

    I've had three approaches in the last couple of weeks so maybe things are still ticking over as we head into xmas.

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  • ladymuck
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    I've had a few enquiries here and there. I'm not looking at present anyway but it's not entirely dead.

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  • WTFH
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    Since learning my gig was finishing at the end of the year, I've had 4 agents and one consultancy contact me about different roles. My next pitch is later today.

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  • PerfectStorm
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    Originally posted by KentDogWalker View Post
    Hi XXX are you still looking for a role?

    I am working with one of the funkiest and vibrant agencies in the UK

    The "funky and vibrant" description of anything is usually a warning of "crap money/conditions incoming"

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  • KentDogWalker
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    followed up with


    Tell LYNX to stop spamming me with useless roles

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  • KentDogWalker
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    Hi XXX are you still looking for a role?

    I am working with one of the funkiest and vibrant agencies in the UK

    They are looking for a Frontend Developer to come in and own projects from the start

    The company are offering a hybrid environment, they are based in the heart of Sheffield and are offering a salary of £30 - 40,000 plus other benefits


    For a full overview please send me a copy of your CV and a good time to speak

    my reply:



    wth, do your homework

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  • KentDogWalker
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    Originally posted by ResistanceFighter View Post
    Getting quite a few calls for Inside Roles. Usually for consultancy firms, with an end client in an undesirable industry, needing to be on-site. Yuck.

    Big difference to this time last year when phone was ringing off the hook
    looks like ill sit in this perm tech lead role a bit longer - at least i avoid most of the grunt work

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  • PerfectStorm
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    Originally posted by ResistanceFighter View Post
    Getting quite a few calls for Inside Roles. Usually for consultancy firms, with an end client in an undesirable industry, needing to be on-site. Yuck.

    Big difference to this time last year when phone was ringing off the hook
    You mean you don't fancy doing 4 days onsite with a pensions company in Slough with Karen from HR noting how many times you go to the toilet?

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  • ResistanceFighter
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    Getting quite a few calls for Inside Roles. Usually for consultancy firms, with an end client in an undesirable industry, needing to be on-site. Yuck.

    Big difference to this time last year when phone was ringing off the hook

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