=== NYC Ruby Job Fair – April 25th
The NYC Ruby meetings lately have looked a lot like middle school
On one side of the room is people saying, “Gee, I wish I could work
full-time doing Ruby or Ruby on Rails.” On the other side of the room
companies saying, “Wow, those Ruby people sure look cute, I wish they
all come work for me.” The music is playing, the love if flowing, but
The April 25th meeting will be a Job Fair where companies or recruiters
feel safe to talk about what they need while Ruby aficionados can hand
resumes to try and get their dream gigs.
For this one night and one night only we will be sacrificing the
purity of the Ruby community to the god of CASH. If you have a problem
this, then please don’t come. The next Ruby meeting will be the nice
lovable communist group you remember. But April 25th is all about the
== The Location
If the group is small we’ll still have it at the EastMedia offices like
normal. If the group is large we’ll be looking to move the meeting to a
larger location near by. If we need a larger location then we may
the job fair until a later meeting so that we can get sponsorship.
== The Details
The general plan is to keep things loose and let companies or recruiters
give a short pitch about what they need. After all the companies have
talked about what they need we’ll have a 30 minute refreshments break
people interested in the company can give out their resume and chat
To keep things smooth we’ve come up with a few rules:
- There will be NO PROJECTOR. Last thing we want is a 30 minute power
point. If you want to show people something then bring a laptop for
your presentation. There is wireless internet.
- Try to keep your pitch quick and to the point and shoot for the
- Be prepared to answer some difficult technical questions and
about the company. This especially applies to recruiters who are
for not being allowed to say anything about the company.
- There will be a bunch of talk about Canada on Rails after the Job
You may not be terribly interested in it, but if you’re serious about
a Ruby person you might want to stick around and listen.
- Many programmers have been burned by the dot-com bust a few years
Be prepared to talk about benefits, expected work hours, whether people
paid for working extra, and longevity.
- Be fair to other people and let others talk to the representatives
- Don’t be mean or insulting to representatives because of where they
or whether they are a recruiter or not. We want everyone to have a
- Make sure your resume is clean, has your required information, and
you bring enough copies.
- Don’t run around like a whore giving your resume out to everyone with
business card. It’s degrading.
- Don’t talk salary at the meeting, save that for later. This tends to
make everyone uncomfortable.
- People interested in talking more after we start to go over Canada on
Rails should probably go hit a bar, restaurant or coffee shop in the
talk shop more privately.
These “rules” are open for suggestion since this is our very first job
If anything makes you uncomfortable or you think should be done
then feel free to e-mail me (see below).
== Representatives RSVP With Zed
In order to judge what kind of space we’ll need we’d like the
representatives (companies or recruiters) to RSVP. After we have all
requests we’ll determine a time limit and maybe possibly look for a
Send a short e-mail to me (Zed A. Shaw) with what company you’ll
or whether you’re a recruiter for many companies and if you’d like a
blurb in the listing we’ll post later.
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
== Interested Rubyists RSVP With Francis
You don’t have to do this but we’d like to judge whether we have
space. Please send a short e-mail to Francis H. just saying you’ll
attend. This is mostly for a head count.
Francis’ e-mail is email@example.com.