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BALUG "Working in the Business" (Linux/...) panel discussion

This wiki page is primarily for some general information and tracking status of and planning for the panel discussion.


2009-03-04: mention of the idea
2010-03-31: "announced" (but specific date not set yet)

Some potential topic/question areas:

  • up and down economies:
    • finding great jobs in a down economy
    • finding great candidates in hopping (e.g. dot com boom) times
    • retaining good employees in hot fast-moving economies
    • what needs to or should change when the Linux/IT job market is up/down/sideways/strange and what does or should stay the same?
  • "hot"/growth/emerging areas in Linux and open source?
  • Bay Area / Silicon Valley
    • How does it compare to other locations/markets?
  • How do IT and/or open source careers compare to, e.g.:
    • other scientific
    • other technical
    • other professional (lawyer, doctor, mechanic, plumber, …)
  • How do different sectors/areas compare, e.g.:
    • biotech
    • medical
    • financial
    • start-ups
    • government
    • academia
    • Linux vs. proprietary
    • sysadmin vs. DBA vs. network admin vs. programmer
  • best places to get started, get the work experience
    • education/training/certification recommendations?
    • types of opportunities to seek?
  • relative advantages/disadvantages being/using:
    • employee(s)/consultant(s)/contractor(s)
    • outsourcing/offshoring/insourcing
  • what's most commonly requested/required by hiring manager that candidate lacks?
  • in all that hiring/contracting process:
    • things companies do right/wrong
    • things HR departments do right/wrong
    • things hiring managers do right/wrong
    • things agencies/recruiters do right/wrong
    • things candidates/employees/contractors do right/wrong
    • advantages/disadvantages of using recruiters/agencies
  • finding the good (or good fits), and sorting out the bad (or bad fits):
    • companies/"opportunities"
    • agencies/recruiters
    • candidates
  • in recruitment/hiring process, most excellent/horrible/strangest/funniest things you've ever seen done by:
    • company/employer
    • hiring manager
    • recruiter/agency
    • candidate

status tracking (may not be up-to-date)

2009-03-04: earlier mention of the idea
2010-03 created email contact:
2010-03-22: survey form for potential panelists/moderator - began creation
2010-03-31: "announced" (including contact email above) - but specific date not set yet
2010-04-07: survey form for potential panelists/moderator - relatively near to final form - will solicit feedback (and adjustments as appropriate) before going "live"
2010-04-22: "survey"/application form draft - feedback solicited (and here)

balug/working_in_the_business-panel_discussion.1272562205.txt.bz2 · Last modified: 2010-04-29T17:30:05+0000 by michael_paoli