RE: Hiring Publications Managers

Subject: RE: Hiring Publications Managers
From: "Jane Carnall" <jane -dot- carnall -at- digitalbridges -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 11:31:58 -0000

Kelley wrote:
> Also, as I said, I, personally, refuse to hire contractors unless
> desperate because they made a choice to contract. It's a market. I
> make decisions. You make decisions. Our firm makes decisions. We get
> disciplined by the market. In my role, I'm happy to discipline
> contractors. That means they go at the bottom of the "Yes" pile. :)

Bruce Byfield added:
>Incredible. Honest (full points there), but incredible. An employer is,
>of course, perfectly free to select job candidates on any legal
>criteria. However, eliminating people who need to be resourceful to
>survive hardly seems in the interest of any company.

Kind of weird. I've been contracting twice. Both times the contract led to
permanent employment. The implication that contractors are necessarily a
worse choice for the job than permies just doesn't compute. Taken literally,
I think Kelley's statement would suggest a company more interested in
loyalty than competence.

But what Kelley said in background:

>People who contract for
>the reasons you mention would be not be ignored, likely because like you,
>they're probably smart people who'd directly address their employment
>history and explain _why_ they'd contracted despite preferences otherwise.
>I'd imagine they'd especially do that when replying to an ad that
>said, "contractors need not apply".
>But, fact is, despite that qualifier in our ads, contractors do apply and
>they don't tailor their cover letter to address why.

If a company doesn't want to hire contractors, that's their right: it's
their ball. If a company says in their job ad, no contractors, that's fair,
honest, and upfront. If despite this a contractor then applies for the job,
the contractor must then justify why they would be a good pick even though
the company is looking for a permie. It's like any other job ad: if you
don't fit the ad, you have to justify why you're a good pick even though you
don't fit - and you know that you may not get picked, even though that's the
company's loss because obviously you *are* the best person for the job. <g>

I'm assuming that a contractor who *had* tailored their cover letter would
not be put at the bottom of the "Yes" list... but then again, who wants to
work at a company where they discipline contractors? <g,d,rvvvf>

Just my tuppence ha'pennorth.

Jane Carnall
Platon: modo fac. Apologies for the long additional sig: it is added
automatically and outwith my control.


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