Hollywood principle

May 21, 2007 at 9:14 pm | Posted in Over There | 2 Comments

When you work in software development you might have heard of the Hollywood principle. The basic message of this principle is “Don’t call us, we’ll call you!”. This is what actually happens to me at the moment. Mid of last week I put my resume in Monster.com. Around two hours later recruiters started to call to let me know that I might be a good fit to a position they offer. I really didn’t see that coming. Unfortunately half of the positions are governmental jobs that require being a US citizen. However, there’re still a lot of vacancies that I may a apply for. You can’t actually compare the German and US job market. It’s unbelievable how fast it theoretically is possible to get a job. You could even schedule an interview for the next day. Normally companies seem to start with phone screen interviews. These interviews don’t take longer than 20 minutes asking technical questions about your background. Since last week I manged to have one phone screen interview and one face-to-face meeting with a recruiting company. Let’s see how this will turn out. How exciting! I didn’t even do much to get in contact with the companies…



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  1. […] far more interesting and entertaining than the above mentioned tv series. try out the stories about the hollywood principle for finding a job or the garbage […]

  2. I recall that the only technical question I got from an agency was “how many years of experience in …. do you have?”
    Also, most of the unsolicited job calls did not materialize because of geographical boundaries, differences in actually required skills, hourly rate and so on.

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