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reach4thelasers
6th September 2011, 17:25
I'm a highly experienced .NET developer but not getting any responses from my applications.

I had a big fall out with my last recruitment consultant who tried to withhold my pay for a month - resulting in him getting dragged down to the office and getting a total bollocking from the CEO who threatened him with dissolution of their professional relationship.

I'm kinda worried he blacklisted me or something out of spite. I've heard there's an underground illegal blacklist that all recruitment consultants share.

Or am I just being paranoid - is the market slow right now? I'm really worried to be honest with you.

Zippy
6th September 2011, 17:40
Yes, you are paranoid and the chances of you encountering this guy again are quite small.
There are hundreds of recruitment businesses and some of them are actually quite good.
Move on.

EternalOptimist
6th September 2011, 17:48
I have no idea what the market is like at the mo. I know nothing about .net

but I do know that when you are strugging to get an interview all sorts of worries cloud your mind. They are unfounded
just stick at it, get methodical and develop a '**** you' attidude


good luck mate



:rolleyes:

Clippy
6th September 2011, 18:00
Wondering the same myself - different skillset though.

From past experience, there is normally a spike in roles in September and wondered if that is the case at the moment.

Peoplesoft bloke
6th September 2011, 21:03
The market's shite at present.

Being placed near useless and shouty resourcing dept at clientco (posts passim) has been both ******* annoying and slightly informative.

The head shouty, a hair-gelled tosser, was shouting only yesterday to some bloke on the phone that there is no such thing as a blacklist - and there isn't - it would require less shouting and more work and that'd never do.

Peoplesoft bloke
6th September 2011, 21:05
Yes, you are paranoid and the chances of you encountering this guy again are quite small.
There are hundreds of recruitment businesses and some of them are slightly less shite than others.
Move on.

Appropriate repairs administered.

thunderlizard
6th September 2011, 23:07
The head shouty, a hair-gelled tosser, was shouting only yesterday to some bloke on the phone that there is no such thing as a blacklist - and there isn't - it would require less shouting and more work and that'd never do.

Its maintenance would also require recruiters to cooperate with each other, rather than stab each other in the back at the slightest sniff of a fiver. Whatever the reason for your lack of success, a blacklist isn't it.

MarillionFan
7th September 2011, 05:46
If he's added you to the agency grey list then yes you're going to be blacklisted. Use the search facility on here to find how to get taken off.

TiroFijo
7th September 2011, 06:15
.NET = .NOT

Learn Java.

Scrag Meister
7th September 2011, 07:04
Yes, you are paranoid and the chances of you encountering this guy again are quite small.
There are hundreds of recruitment businesses and some of them are actually quite good.
Move on.

WZS

minestrone
7th September 2011, 07:49
Market is pretty strong just now I find, few of the big hitters are on their usual 'hiring freeze' drives but those who are hiring are struggling to get experienced bodies in. The industry cheap fix of hiring bobs for the last 10 years rather than train local staff has strangled competition.

As zippy says, paranoid.

eek
7th September 2011, 07:55
Rates are rising by the looks of it. Its proving hard to find interesting contracts but finding contracts is not difficult at the moment.

matei
7th September 2011, 08:37
It appears that there is work out there.

Permie-wise, I was able to score a decent paying permie gig about a year ago, and recently interviewed for one paying slightly more. :smile

However I'm leaving permidom for a 3-month contract in the Big Smoke, according to clientco manager and agency bod that there is a very good chance at renewal. :happy

Prior to getting this contract, I had a few calls for contracts based in/around London. Sounded legit, but I wasn't prepared to make the jump just yet.

The team I used to work with at one of my previous gigs was decimated recently by cost-cutting/outsourcing to Bobland. Almost all of them soon found gainful employment, a mix of contracts and permie roles. Granted, some of those guys were quite good at what they did - but even the mediocre team members found something.

The only ones who haven't are the relatively older and somewhat lazier guys. I'm sure at a push though they'd find something as well. At least for their sake I hope they do.