Advice to Domino Pros: Get Java experience
Earl, a 20-year veteran of IT recruiting, spoke with SearchDomino.com about the client's wish list and how he filled the job.
The job: Domino application developers (two) on a three-person team responsible for developing and maintaining Domino workflow and Web enabled applications in a large telecommunications company. "The client had to replace two people that left. They seem to be comfortable with three people and aren't planning to expand the team that I know of."
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Typical local pay range: $40-$55/hour contract rate or $65,000-$75,000 salary plus bonus for a senior developer with three years' Notes/Domino experience and eight to 10 years' IT experience. A signing bonus was not offered for this position.
How you filled the job: "We posted notices on our Web site, http://www.itechconsult.com, on ComputerJobs.com and on Dice.com. We sent up three candidates, and the client hired two of them. It took about a month from first identifying the candidates to getting them started on the job."
The winning candidates' winning attributes: Full-lifecycle Web application development experience.
The bottom line on:
- Certification: "The customer requested certification on this one, but backed off that. None of the people interviewed or hired had it. I haven't seen certification make a huge difference."
- Soft skills: "There's such a demand for Domino people now that I have seen candidates who had poor soft skills still being picked up readily."
- Specific industry or business/functional experience: "I haven't seen a demand for functional or industry expertise. Most of our customers are going for the technical knowledge and abilities."
Observations on the current Domino market: "It's business as usual for Domino professionals -- they're not being hit by the end of the Y2K projects like the Cobol folks. All the Domino folks are very busy."
Leslie Goff is a contributing editor based in New York.