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Job spotlight: Senior Domino developer

Job spotlight: Senior Domino developer

The job: Senior Domino developer to work on Web-based e-commerce and workflow-related applications for Fortune 500 clients.

Requirements: Three years minimum Domino development experience, including in-depth LotusScript and JavaScript expertise; strong analytical skills; experience gathering end-user requirements; full development lifecycle experience with e-commerce and workflow applications; solid communication skills; and project management experience.

Certification: A big plus. "We understand that it is costly to get, and if your employer doesn't promote it, it can be tough. But some candidates will say, 'Oh, I don't need certification. It's not important.' Well, we think it is, so if you don't have it, you should have a better reason."

Complementary skills: Java; integrating Domino applications with Oracle or SQL Server.

Compensation: $75,000 to $90,000 annual base salary; monthly incentive bonus and annual bonus programs offer up to an additional 20% of base salary.

Perks: Training (10% to 20% of each consultant's time annually); reimbursement for cell phones, laptops and ISDN or DSL connections at home; no travel required (except for training).

The winning candidates' attributes: An offer went to someone who has demonstrated Web development experience, significant management experience, real LotusScript experience versus only formula language skills, plus the CLP in applications development. "And he had just awesome interpersonal skills. He communicated very well and presented himself in a positive, professional manner. He was relaxed and not afraid to be himself."

Hardest skill to find: "A combination of senior-level experience in LotusScript coupled with the desire to relocate to Seattle."

Outlook for 2000: "Very positive. Companies are finding that there are things you can do in Domino that you can't do with other packages because it has all the tools bundled with it."

Advice to Domino pros: "Branch out into other technologies besides Domino. If you have Oracle or SQL Server or Java in addition to Domino, you will be so much more in demand."

Leslie Goff is a contributing editor based in New York.

Deb Dietzen, senior technical recruiter for The Cordada Group, in Bellevue, Wash., has been seeking four senior Domino developers since January. The IT consulting firm, a Lotus Notes Premium Partner, provides custom software to Fortune 500 clients and dot-coms, and it typically hires about 20 Domino professionals each year. By the end of February, Dietzen had one offer on the table and was closing in on the remaining three slots.
This was last published in March 2000

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