I recently put out a few posts on the job market and may have sounded negative. The market is depressing, but I don’t want those of you who just got ousted due to no part of your own to get depressed. IT is still hot, while salaries may be frozen. SharePoint practices are definitely still being built and those with skills are finding work. Here are a few recent samples that have come to me via linkedin that with a bit of research you can find these people. I’ve abstracted their contact information, cause I don’t want them to get spammed from screen scrapers that hit my blog.
SharePoint talk is still very up beat. The SharePoint team has missed layoffs at Microsoft.
Someone really smart mentioned the layoffs don’t reduce the amount of SharePoint work. That work just shifts hands to outsourcing to higher paid consultants (ironically), so the consulting market is actually expanding!
INMAIL: YOU HAVE A NEW MESSAGE
From: XXXX XXXX
Subject: Production Engineer (SharePoint) Opportunity with Microsoft
My name is XXX XXXX and I am a Staffing Consultant with Microsoft. I am currently working on a search for a Production Engineer (SharePoint) based in Redmond, WA. Based on your profile, it appears that you are an authority on SharePoint and may know someone with the skill set we are looking for. A synopsis of the job description is below (as well as a link to the full job posting).
The Production Engineer will be responsible for designing and creating the content authoring and publishing pipeline to streamline internal processes, integrating workflow scenarios into the portal, and supporting all tools, production, and technology-related aspects of LCAWeb. Additional responsibilities include designing, building, and implementing the infrastructure for a scalable and robust Self Help system. The ideal candidate is someone who has strong experience and expertise using SharePoint, possesses strong technical skills, is a strategic thinker, and can build strong relationships and collaborate well with others. This person will work closely with a broad community of content owners, key stakeholders, external vendors, and IT partners to evolve LCAWeb as the portal for an enterprise-level content management solution to meet growing business needs, with opportunities to expand into the broader strategic Information Management space.
I look forward to speaking with you soon!
Date:January 28, 2009
Category: Career opportunity
I have an immediate fulltime permanent position for a SharePoint Architect working directly for EMC ( www.emc.com ) in our Microsoft Application Consulting Practice. The project is 1 year in duration and based in the Philadelphia, PA area; you must be located with in a commutable distance of Philadelphia for the duration of this project. Upon project completion you can relocate yourself to anywhere in the US and be available to travel approximately 50% of the time to other consulting engagements if desired.
This project is with a major Pharmaceutical company, they’ve contracted with EMC to migrate their existing Lotus Notes Applications (1000’s) into a SharePoint MOSS environment.
If you’re interested in pursuing this direct employment opportunity please answer the following questions for our hiring manager; the responses are required with each candidate submission.
***Please include a Word version of your resume with your responses***
How many years of Microsoft SharePoint development / architecture experience do you have overall? (Please specify the versions you worked with)
Do you have experience specifically with the Quest Notes Migrator Tools or similar? (If so how many years of experience)
Do you have full lifecycle software development experience including software architecture, software development, software testing and deployment / delivery?
Have you managed or lead a development team of software engineers? (Please explain)
What is your current availability, how soon can you actually start a new assignment?
What are you looking for in terms of compensation, please provide an annual salary or salary range?
I was reading your blog – getting up to speed on Sharepoint.
I am recruiting for an amazing new startup – Topaz Bridge. We are just getting started.
I would love to network with you and connect with candidates that have .Net, Sharepoint, InfoPath, C#, SAP skills. We are looking for multiple developers, testers, biz dez, marketing – this is a big ramp-up and we have aggressive deadlines. The company is moving to brand new offices in Bellevue, WA and our goal is to make offers within 48 hours of the interview process.
This is great news in this economy. If you know of foks that would be interested in this opportunity, I would love to hear from them!
I’d love to hear from you – any ideas are helpful!
Thanks so much!
Topaz Bridge Recruiting Team
I represent a specialized SharePoint resourcing organization called SharePoint Global. Please visit our niche website at www.SharePointGlobal.com . I have noticed a rapid increase in activity in the SharePoint over the past 6 months and expect this to continue with the release of MOSS 2009. I saw your organization could also be involved in this. I am interested in linking up with companies that have a vested interest in the SharePoint market. The purpose of the connection would be to develop mutually beneficial working arrangements. Feel free to contact me.
Microsoft Practice Director