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November 19, 1999
Silicon Valley IT Recruiting Gets Even Sillier
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ruiters trying to fill an ever-increasing number of IT job openings have been known to be pretty darn creative about how they get the job done. But now the race for technical recruits has turned into even more of a free for all. Here are some of the recent tactics being used in the Silicon Valley, as reported in a recent New York Times article.

Calling every name posted on a rival company's web site. Drawbacks: one receptionist was recently amused when her company's black Labrador, Nevil, got a call from a would be recruiter.

At restaurants and other business establishments, pulling out business cards from free drawing fish bowls.

Networking at weddings, or even better, scanning the paper for wedding announcements to scour for new candidates

Getting up at dawn to examine new Internet job postings before the competition contacts them.

Poaching new recruits as soon as they are trained, and using big sign on bonuses and hefty raises to lure them.

Getting copies of company and organizational rosters; then contacting everyone who seems remotely qualified.

One industry expert, Eric Campbell of Docent Inc., was quoted as saying that industry salaries for highly specific jobs like web programmers and designers have gone up 18 - 20% since last year.

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