Engineers’ salaries rising in Poland

Seems like I left Poland only to learn that engineers’ salaries have dramatically risen there. I’ve read something almost comical about Polish headhunters. Usually, headhunters work in opposition to each other, fighting for candidates. However, in Poland, headhunters cooperate.

(…) They don’t do that in opposition, but they exchange candidate contacts instead. “Few months after recruitment, my colleague [from another agency] gives a new job offer to an engineer that I recruited. I do the same with another engineer that was recuited by my colleague. Specialists are will just swap places, each one will get higher salary, and we [the recruiters] will have the orders of our clients’ nervous managers fulfilled.” – says Jacek.

The article (in Polish) says that the guy went from PLN 3k up to PLN 14k. Taking into account costs of living in Poland, it’s like earning €14k per annum in Ireland, and the guy is quite fresh on the market. Am I coming back?

No, I’m not. It’s not about the money. It’s about an interesting job.

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Excuse me, we got a fire alarm

An engineer from Google was supposed to call me on Tuesday but he didn’t. Recruitment coordinator apologized and rescheduled the call to Friday. On the scheduled time I’ve sat by the table gripping firmly my fountain pen and staring at my mobile phone’s display. The phone kept silent. After a quarter I’ve e-mailed the coordinator telling her I’m ready and waiting. The mobile rang few minutes later and I got grilled.

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Code over the phone

Two weeks of waiting for it have built it up pretty much. When the phone finally rang, for some reason it felt surprising. No more waiting? Interview begins?

“I would like you to dictate me some code” said the engineer. He was describing tasks and asking me to write code that solves them. They were not daunting; could be easily decomposed into basic operations. Recruiters surely understand that people get nervous when being interviewed. The fact that one is being interviewed, not “just” asked to write some code, makes them make stupid mistakes all the time. Interviewers try to give simple tasks to people. It’s also interesting that the questions were not strictly theoretical, but more like “how would you…” followed by something to find out or to calculate.

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Reason for me not to apply

Today’s letter to a recruiting agency.

Dear Mr/Ms XXXXXX,

I am not writing to apply for the advertised position. I would like to point out excessive number of typos in the advertisement, including a mistake in the title: it’s “programmer”, not “programer”.

Other mistakes include:

  1. industties (industries)
  2. solutins (solutions)
  3. diffrent (different)
  4. qalification (qualification)

Low quality of English in the advertisement is repellent. It’s also the reason for me not to apply for this position. I believe that you can significantly improve the feedback once you correct them.

Kind Regards,
(my name)

Leaving out articles

Joel Spolsky has written an article about how does his company deal with resumes. One of the points is the quality of the language in resumes.

That said, we try to be considerate of non-native speakers who are nonetheless excellent communicators: leaving out articles in that charming Eastern European way, or starting every paragraph with “So” in charming Pacific Northwestian way, is not a showstopper.

That’s a relief. However, the rest of the article made me take yet another look at my CV.