Many members of the Groupstudy mailing list, in addition to seeking Cisco certifications, are also interested in the internetworking job market. While this subject is of interest to many readers, it unfortunately is off topic and messages regarding jobs adversely affect the signal-to-noise ratio.
Glad you asked. The idea is to have a forum where recruiters and employers interact with potential employees. Yes, job postings are encouraged, but the successful recruiter will have to do more than just post jobs to be effective. Recruiters, in exchange for free access to top-of-the-line job candidates, are expected to offer guidance and assistance. This'll include questions about specific job postings and the companies offering them, as well as general questions about resume writing, interviewing skills, relocation, etc. This should lead to some interesting conversations and be a great learning experience not just for candidates, but for recruiters as well. Job postings should be related to internetworking, of course, and should by and large be jobs in which Cisco certification is desirable. As in any such forum, a popular recruiter will have more leeway in this area than one who never participates. Which jobs get posted is ultimately up to the moderators. Popular recruiters will also be more likely to have offlist candidates referred to them, so there is plenty of incentive to participate :-)
Excepting job postings, the Jobs list is a place to discuss all manner of topics related to employment in the Cisco internetworking world. Typical topics might include, but are not limited to:
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That's pretty much it, but here are a few things you might want to keep in mind:
This is an informal forum. With the exception of job postings, all information should be considered unofficial. Opinions of recruiters are not necessarily those of the employers they represent.
Be nice. Negative behavior, such as rudeness or flaming, is not acceptable.
Please keep the 'my company is better than your company' stuff to a minimum. These conversations typically boil down to opinion and speculation, both of which are undebatable. If you want to make a case for your company, make your case in a positive way that reflects the company on its own merits. For example:
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