First and foremost I apologise if this is in the incorrect section!

I am a recruitment consultant..... DONT turn away just yet. I am a Drupal Specialist and work exclusively with clients and ultimately candidates who are experts in Drupal.

I come here not to sell to you or even to persuade you go for a role I am working on. I am hear to learn and develop strong relationships within the Drupal community.

I have more than likely spoken to a number of you already.

The feedback I receive on the following questions will shape how I continue to conduct my practice, I find it vital to not only satisfy my clients requirement but ensure each and every contractor I place is happy with the service i provide.

- Generally, how do you feel about the recruitment industries knowledge of Drupal and Drupal companies?
- Do you see the need for a Drupal focused recruitment consultant such as myself?
- Would you be more willing to work with and develop a working relationship with a specialist than a generalist?
- I have read quite a bit about Drupal and i would be interested to know where you think Drupal 8 will take Drupal. Will it continue to grow rapidly?
- Any practices which you like and dislike in a recruiter, please do tell me.

I am all about honesty and credibility, I work in London and if you are a Drupal Developer who would like a quick discussion with me, drop me an email. I pride myself on an extremely strong professional network.

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Jaypan’s picture

- Do you see the need for a Drupal focused recruitment consultant such as myself?

I see a Drupal-specific recruiter as potentially being beneficial. I had a hard time with my last hire, I just couldn't find someone who with Drupal experience in my region to hire, and ended up hiring a programmer to whom I've been teaching Drupal.

- Would you be more willing to work with and develop a working relationship with a specialist than a generalist?

I generally don't want to work with any recruiters if I can help it. It's a dirty industry. But sometimes they are a necessary evil.

- I have read quite a bit about Drupal and i would be interested to know where you think Drupal 8 will take Drupal. Will it continue to grow rapidly?

Drupal 8 will take Drupal to the enterprise level, making it suitable for big corporations.

- Any practices which you like and dislike in a recruiter, please do tell me.

Recruiters are focused on placing people, as that is how they get paid. Fair enough, but that means that sometimes candidates are placed in positions that aren't necessarily right for them, due to the needs of the recruiter to support himself. Two of my very close friends have been recruiters, so I know the industry quite well, and I'm always skeptical of recruiters. I basically ignore the words coming out of their mouths, and look at numbers/facts and let them speak for themselves.

Adam_Johnson’s picture

First and foremost, thank you for your response.

I see a Drupal-specific recruiter as potentially being beneficial. I had a hard time with my last hire, I just couldn't find someone who with Drupal experience in my region to hire, and ended up hiring a programmer to whom I've been teaching Drupal.

I think your experience is one of the reasons why I personally chose to specialise in Drupal, my interest in this area initially came about after I had numerous chats with a Drupal developer based in London and on the back of his colourful explanations of Drupal I felt it was an area I could specialise in.

In any walk of life, i think a specialist will always be more beneficial than a generalist.

I generally don't want to work with any recruiters if I can help it. It's a dirty industry. But sometimes they are a necessary evil.

I don’t think you are the only individual to think that, It is something I entirely understand and in one sense i believe the previous misdemeanors of recruitment consultants have somewhat tarnished the industry.

Recruiters are focused on placing people, as that is how they get paid. Fair enough, but that means that sometimes candidates are placed in positions that aren't necessarily right for them, due to the needs of the recruiter to support himself. Two of my very close friends have been recruiters, so I know the industry quite well, and I'm always skeptical of recruiters. I basically ignore the words coming out of their mouths, and look at numbers/facts and let them speak for themselves.

I understand, however I and I believe a growing amount of other recruiters understand that our role is not just about placing people, it is about meeting the clients requirements perfectly because if we don’t we will undoubtedly sour a relationship with a client. Forcing a move is something I would never dream of, even if that will hurt my own ambitions in the short term.

When you say numbers / facts talk for themselves, what specifically are you referring too? Depending on the data in question I would be happy to discuss this with my current and future clients to ease any worries or apprehension they may have.

Any further responses would be fantastic, particuarly of those based within the UK where I operate.

Drupal Specialist - Spring Technology

DD:0207 634 0721
E-mail:adam_johnson@spring.com

I work exclusively with Drupal, from both a candidate and client perspective. I am always looking to strengthen my professional network! Get in touch!

John_B’s picture

I saw the post. Still not sure whether to respond. A lot of facts and figures are in the public domain. Almost everyone who is worth hiring and not a beginner cares about Drupal (conflicts in the community notwithstanding) and those who care have left pretty clear footsteps on the Internet and especially on this site (though some have poor or non-existent sites of their own, as most of us are busy). Then there is the question of what people have done in the past. It is not hard once you have spent some time getting into the community to work out facts, figures and indeed informed judgements even about people you have not met.

In numbers of sites Drupal is in decline. Nevertheless Drupal 8 IMO is pitched to compete in the enterprise market and will probably do so well, so there will probably be as much or more money in Drupal in future.

If a client is looking for a front-end expert who can also do sysops and high quality backend programming they are looking for the proverbial unicorn. If a potential recruit says they are that person, they are the proverbial unicorn (unless they can show some pretty unusual evidence). And as for being a project manager too, that is a skill in itself.

Your wonderful domain, spring.com seems underutlised; your company's www.spring-technology.co.uk/ (and apparently http://www.adecco.co.uk/) are quality sites but aging: why not rebuild them in Drupal :-)

matoaoj’s picture

Well I thought about giving my opinion since I have a slight different experience, I have had recruitment companies contacting me for my Drupal background.

- Generally, how do you feel about the recruitment industries knowledge of Drupal and Drupal companies?

I feel at least in my experience they are sub-par compared with other technologies, it is definitely beneficial to have some one that for example knows what Views is and understands how having experience working with it may affect a specific job requirement.

- Do you see the need for a Drupal focused recruitment consultant such as myself?

In my region Drupal is quite a niche market so I don't know about the market volume, however I would prefer to work with a specialist.

- I have read quite a bit about Drupal and i would be interested to know where you think Drupal 8 will take Drupal. Will it continue to grow rapidly?

What I think is that is that Drupal 8 is positioning itself differently going after the enterprise, I personally believe that it will have what it takes to succeed. Having used Drupal 7 to build enterprise applications and despite the initial attrition from costumers the end results ware clearly satisfactory, I think that Drupal 8 will be even better equipped to compete in that space.

- Any practices which you like and dislike in a recruiter, please do tell me.

I don't like the "mass talk" sometime the rhetoric is so standard that anyone with half a brain clearly feels he/she is being fed the latest "See how amazing and sparkly this his and don't think much about what I'm saying".

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JM

Adam_Johnson’s picture

Thank you for the replies, an interesting read and I have taken note!

@John B - If I was in a position to suggest a redevelopment of the website, I certainly would :D

As ever, I always look to strengthen my network amongst the Drupal community. I have created a group on Linkedin, which of course is a networking opportunity for myself and everyone else but it brings together all the Drupal related roles that are live within Spring Technology. Both permanent and contract

Please join and invite colleagues or friends

Drupal Specialist - Spring Technology

DD:0207 634 0721
E-mail:adam_johnson@spring.com

I work exclusively with Drupal, from both a candidate and client perspective. I am always looking to strengthen my professional network! Get in touch!