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I almost didn’t take my turn at the front of the room.

I watched as 10 other people went before me – both agencies (like myself), and also some companies with vacancies to fill.

The first person to go up was giving away a Kindle Fire.  “Connect to me on LinkedIn,” he said, “I accept all LinkedIn Invites.”

“Yes,” I thought, “me too.”

Then went one of my long time competitors, someone that I know and like.  “I’ve been doing this for 15 years,” she said confidently.

“Yes,” I thought, “me too.”  (And then I silently freaked out as I thought to myself, “OH MY GOODNESS – I’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR FIFTEEN YEARS!!!)”

Another competitor said, “We place people in clinical, and also people outside of clinical.”

Me too.  Ditto.

“We place full-time, contract-to-hire, and contract.”

Yup.  Me too.  Ditto.

Here’s the truth:

  • Simply because you are a SAS Programmer, you can get a job any time you want one.
  • You can (within reason) get paid whatever you want.
  • Even if you stay in one place, you will get regular raises and promotions (assuming you are proactive, and ask).
  • It is okay to pass up a great offer because you can get another one any time you want (I probably shouldn’t admit this, but it’s true).
  • If you ever do need another job, you don’t need a recruiter to get one.
  • If you ever do decide to work with a recruiter, it really doesn’t matter which one you choose (pick me, pick me!).

You are a SAS Programmer!  You are a rock star!  You are a race car driver… There will always be work for you!  And that is a good thing!!!

Here’s the thing. There are other recruiters who do what I do.  And there are other good recruiters who do what I do.

But, if you do decide to work with me, I will always be honest and ethical.  And I will do my best to entertain you along the way.  So, here’s something that I found funny…

Dance Lessons for Mathematicians


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