RE: C++ Developer needed in Houston

Kelly,

I just plain like you. Maybe you’re right about being too young to be jaded
yet. Whatever the case, you haven’t lost your moxie. That’s in your favor.

Here’s what passes as my current resume. If you can think of a good
description for the last four years, speak up! I don’t think your boss is
going to be as bright-eyed as you are, but never say never. Yes, my time at
Shell proves I can hang in there.

Scott

—–Original Message—–
From: Kelly Marcus
Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 9:22 AM
To: ‘Scott Royall’
Subject: RE: C++ Developer needed in Houston

Scott,

Thanks for sharing with me. I personally like to give people the benefit of
the doubt-you never know who they are, who they know, or what they know.
Maybe that is atypical, but so be it. Maybe I have not been in the business
long enough to become jaded yet! πŸ™‚

As from you, I am wowed and impressed with the hardships and roadblocks you
have overcome. It is amazing what people can do when they put their minds to
it.

That being said, feel free to send over an updated resume in Word. I can
definitely talk to my Account Manager about your skill set and see if you
can fit the needs of our client. If not this client, you never know what
other opportunities I may come across. That fact that you were with Shell
several years-that alone says great things about your skills sets.

Thanks,
Kelly

Kelly Marcus
—–Original Message—–
From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2006 6:27 PM
Subject: RE: C++ Developer needed in Houston

Whaoh, did you ever just open yourself up for a huge flame! πŸ™‚ But, it’s ok,
I realize you’re simply ignorant, as your client will be.

Sigh. Where to start?

First, please allow me to call your attention to
http://spaces.msn.com/adayinthelifeofaperson/ and
http://conchbbs.com/xpress-it.shtml. As you appear to be quite atypical for
a recruiter, I’m going to allow you those windows into my life so you can
reach your own level of understanding of who I am, and what I can do. It is
fair to note that the first link is to my blog, and involves significant
reading. Very few recruiters would bother with investing the time. Yet, if
you sincerely want a clear picture of what I’ve been doing, there’s your
answer in all its unvarnished glory.

The two-cent version is that roughly 50 IT recruiters have contacted me over
the past four years, each apparently very interested in my resume and eager
to interview me. Of course, that’s the point where I have to reveal my
disability, that I am in a wheelchair and speak via software (that I wrote)
on my laptop. The most common "response" is that that recruiter never
contacts me again or responds to my attempts to reach them. The only other
response I’ve received is the terse statement that I wasn’t "right" for the
position. That’s correct, not a single recruiter has bothered to even hear
me talk. They don’t realize that I make Dr. Stephen Hawkins sound like a
robot with a head-cold! πŸ™‚ I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about why
recruiters don’t review me.

As you’ll realize quickly, it’s incorrect to say I’ve been "out" of IT at
all. I don’t know of many other "C++ groundpounders" who converse regularly
with people like Robert Scoble (let’s see how current YOU are in IT >:) ).
The issue is that my various current efforts to market Xpress-It, and simply
survive financially do not codify well into a tidy little paragraph on a
resume.

Lastly, I need to close with a sincere apology to you for my slow response.
As you can deduce, I wasn’t really expecting to hear anything more from you
so I have my laptop doing other tasks today. My bad, as the insipid saying
goes. You do seem to be quite unusual for a recruiter, and I owe you the
benefit of any doubt.

—–Original Message—–
From: Kelly Marcus
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2006 10:18 AM
To: ‘Scott Royall’
Subject: RE: C++ Developer needed in Houston

Scott,

I have a few questions for you about your work experience. I know this
client and have worked with them before, so I sort of know what he is
looking for. πŸ™‚

1) Why do you think you have not been getting interviews?
2) If you have been interviewing, have you been made any offers?
3) If not, why do you think that is the case?

**) What have you been doing since the layoff in 2002? Any contract work or
side projects?

I will be very honest-I think this client’s biggest concern is going to be
the fact that you have (if you have been) out of the IT market for 4 years.
With technology constantly changing, if you have not been working, I can see
that being a concern of his.

Let me know what you think..

Thanks,
Kelly

Kelly Marcus
IT Recruiter
—–Original Message—–
From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2006 9:37 PM
To: kmarcus
Subject: RE: C++ Developer needed in Houston

Here’s a little more honesty. Shell laid off most of its IT staff in 2002,
and not a single recruiter has dared to interview me since.

—–Original Message—–
From: Kelly Marcus
Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2006 3:34 PM
To: ‘Scott Royall’
Subject: RE: C++ Developer needed in Houston

Scott,

I appreciate your honesty. The way I look at it (like I would treat any
other candidate) if you can meet the qualifications of the job, then it is
worth discussing the job with you.

I noticed in your resume you were with Shell for a long time. Are you still
there or looking to leave there?

Thanks,
Kelly

Kelly Marcus
IT Recruiter
—–Original Message—–
From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2006 2:35 PM
To: ‘Kelly Marcus’
Subject: RE: C++ Developer needed in Houston

I’m in a wheelchair, are you still interested?

—–Original Message—–
From: Kelly Marcus
Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2006 2:28 PM
To: royall@conchbbs.com
Subject: C++ Developer needed in Houston

I have a C++ permanent position located near Downtown Houston.
This position entails modifications and enhancements to existing
applications, working with end-users, and designing, programming, and
testing new applications. We need someone with heavy experience in C++,
NOT
C#!
Oracle DBA skills and Unix would be a great bonus, but are not required
skills.

If you are interested in this position or know anyone that is, please
call
or email me ASAP. If you are not interested but know of someone else
that
is, please feel free to pass this on. If your referral gets hired, we
have a
great referral bonus!

Thanks,
Kelly

Kelly Marcus
IT Recruiter

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