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.
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.