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Friends (at the same workplace)
  4067 votes / 20%
Friends (at a different workplace)
  2744 votes / 13%
  3470 votes / 17%
Cold Calling
  1060 votes / 5%
Just fell into it ...
  4570 votes / 23%
Who says I have a current job?
  3755 votes / 19%
19666 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • by gapagos (1264716) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @10:25AM (#41095119)

    They pay (much) less than the position deserves, for only temporary contracts, with usually no benefits, but hey, they find the job for you.
    Some companies / government departments recruit almost exclusively through agencies nowadays.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 23, 2012 @01:21PM (#41097919)

      It used to be the other way around. You used to (back in the 90s) get paid MORE becuase you were temporary and did't get ANY benefits.

      We are sliding back into the 19th century when it comes to worker's rights, compensation, and being treated like human beings. But that's the markets for you. Labor is now a very cheap (and getting cheaper) commodity. Thanks to extremely cheap telecommunications and whatnot, you can be replaced by someone cheaper by going overseas and it's dragging our standard of living down - except for CEOs. They have their buddies on the boards to give them a shit load of compensation to fuck up a company.

      Marissa chicky is trying to rescue Yahoo! by making it a Google clone - she will fail. And they will kick her sever so sweat ass out the door with tens of millions of dollars for her troubles.

      In the meantime, the underlings and engineers who tried to put her plan in action will get canned with maybe a couple of months of severance.

      Suck it peons! You got a refrigerator and a TV! You're rich!!! Just keep telling yourselves that.

      • by waspleg (316038)

        Completely agree, outside the Yahoo comments I know nothing about.

      • by SwedishPenguin (1035756) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @02:30PM (#41098955)

        Yup, in the past decade or so these despicable companies have taken over a large part of the employment market here in Sweden, especially for younger people. Companies use it as a way to skirt employment laws by stacking multiple short-term positions on top of each other, meaning the employee is never covered by the employment protections and can be fired without compensation without reason or notice. There have been multiple instances of idiotic leaders (presumably MBAs) firing the entire staff only to rehire them through these companies with essentially zero employment protection. They charge the company about the same as they would pay for a regular employee but pay the employee much less and take the difference for themselves.

        Sweden used to have really good employment protection but the past 20 years of neoliberalism (subscribed to in varying degrees by pretty much all parties except the left party, including the social democrats) has changed that, employees are now disposable cogs in a machine and nothing else.

      • by Muros (1167213)

        We are sliding back into the 19th century when it comes to worker's rights, compensation, and being treated like human beings. But that's the markets for you. Labor is now a very cheap (and getting cheaper) commodity. Thanks to extremely cheap telecommunications and whatnot, you can be replaced by someone cheaper by going overseas and it's dragging our standard of living down - except for CEOs. T

        Bullshit. Standard of living has nothing to do with telecomunications. Standard of living is about what a society is able to produce and/or do, and whether it is willing to actually produce/do it. Most of the problems with modern society are that we have people willing and able to do things, but are not allowed to do so due to undercutting if they are in america/europe, or "intelectual property rights" if they aren't.

    • by c0lo (1497653)
      My experience is better described by the "stuffing agency" term - valid for both ends of the employer-employee relation.
    • by Osgeld (1900440)

      Thats how I got my current job, staffing agency sent me for a 1 day assignment, got there and its an electronics contractor and I sold myself to them. It was a win win, I got work in something I love to do, and they got a no strings attached 4 month trial though randstad.

    • I get paid around 2x than a normal employee doing my job and I'm going through a contracting agency. It's temporary, no benefits but they found me a job and I didn't have to do anything and I get the same rate as I would if I came off the street into a different company (the place I'm working at only hires through agencies.) If they didn't pay the same they wouldn't get the same quality of applicants.
    • by kiehlster (844523)
      I agree. This missing option sticks out like a sore thumb. I got my job through a temp/staffing agency, contract-to-hire. Most of my friends at the time were either out of my field or attempting to start their own one-man companies (because they hated their jobs). So they may have known of new positions opening up, but the seats were still warm by their own bottoms. I'd venture to say temp agencies are one of the best ways to find a job for anyone in their early career because, more likely than not, yo
    • Gosh, it's been the 10th poll about employment / job position, and never there's a possibility to answer: I'm the boss, you damned ass!
  • Selfemployed (Score:5, Interesting)

    by dingen (958134) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @10:27AM (#41095145)

    So... which option is that?

  • by gestalt_n_pepper (991155) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @10:36AM (#41095305)

    That was a long time ago back in 2001, when dinosaurs, CRT monitors and flip phones roamed the Earth.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      A scant 2 years ago I was job hunting and thought I'd give the local paper a shot. Holy $hit was that a useless option. Unless I wanted to do babysitting it was pretty useless. Not to say that I don't do a fair amount of babysitting in my current position, but the pay is a hell of a lot better and the diapers are fewer.
      • It's a similar situation in my town. The single largest employer is the hospital, and there's a huge population of geriatrics in town. So if you check Craigslist, or the paper, most of the jobs are for RNs and adult homecare professionals, essentially underpaid servants to the infirm old.

      • Not to say that I don't do a fair amount of babysitting in my current position, but the pay is a hell of a lot better and the diapers are fewer.

        But the clients are just as full of... felgercarb.

      • by Altanar (56809)
        Around here, babysitting jobs go for $3 or $4 an hour over minimum wage, so they're better paying than most jobs around.
    • For whatever reason, my current employer insist on posting all open jobs in the local rag. Craigslist gets a far better response and is free. The fish wrapper wants $600 for a basic job ad.
    • by Ja'Achan (827610)
      Hey, I still have a flip phone, you insensitive clod!

      Calender only goes to december 2016, though, might have to "upgrade" after that :-/
  • I picked "advertising", but that doesn't quite feel like the right answer. I posted on a job site and they found me.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 23, 2012 @11:23AM (#41096129)

      Same here... but I voted cold calling... it was winter time when they called me.

    • by rwa2 (4391) *

      Word... I pretty much got all of my jobs over the last 12 years by maintaining a profile. All of the headhunter / recruiting firms pull from that database to match you up with their clients... after getting a job and setting my resume back to "private" I still get a few emails per day for jobs in various places for quite a few weeks afterwards. I've also been direct hired by large companies as well.

      It works pretty well, since you can sort of play all of the employers against each other after a

  • by NixieBunny (859050) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @10:53AM (#41095601) Homepage
    I got my first job, in high school, through a family friend. The next job came through my father's work connections at the University. Those folks spun off a company, I worked with them for 20 years until it was sold, then back at the University (different department) through the same friend network.

    It sure beats having to compete with other people for a job.
    • by tedgyz (515156)

      I totally agree. Most of my jobs were a result of friends or family putting my resume on top of the stack. Those jobs then led to other jobs. That's why I actually participate in linkedin, despite a natural aversion to such sites.

    • by Whorhay (1319089)

      I originally started where I am at now as a Contractor because a friend told me about the position and recommended me for it. I was close to starting terminal leave and just reaching the panic stage when a friend I hadn't heard from in years emailed me to ask if I was looking for a local job when I got out. Only one other person had interviewed for the position and wasn't interested at all. From there I just waited until a regular position opened up in the same office, applied and got the job.

  • by Myself (57572) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @11:22AM (#41096111) Journal
    I got my current job because another guy at the local hackerspace [] saw me working on stuff and figured I'd be a good fit at the place he worked. No big deal, makes sense, okay. But the sheer number of times this has happened, still astonishes me. With a membership of about 70 people, I can count 9 who've gotten jobs through connections made at the hackerspace. That's noteworthy.
  • by Elky Elk (1179921) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @11:28AM (#41096215)

    I have my job because I couldn't find a real job.

  • I was happy in my previous job, and in a marriage that had been good except for a couple months. I was led to believe things in my marriage were going to work out when the Ex pulled the rug out from under me. I struggled to find a place that I liked in the town of my last job, but to no avail. My backup plan was kicked into gear with friends. I begged them to give me places to apply. They scored me big with an interview in their company. When asked why I was leaving, I was honest with the interviewer

    • things in my marriage were going to work out when the Ex pulled the rug out

      A man who managed to find and persuade a woman to marry him, and then can just throw her away?? What is he, a rock star? Athlete? Couldn't be a geek.

      leaving a perfectly good full-time job in lieu of a contract position

      But, but ... this display of independence is supposed to tell potential slave drivers/employers they should hire someone else!

      friends ... scored me big with an interview in their company.

      Oh, right. It's not what you know, it's who you know.

      converted from contractor to full-time

      That still happens?

      I hope all the hard work lands me some stability and a long lasting career.

      Are you joking? Well, maybe that still happens too. But don't count on it.

      • by realsilly (186931)

        He was no rock star, just a narcissistic, pathological, compulsive lying, cheater husband, who showed his true colors when he decided that having an independent, financially successful, voluptuous, supportive, no kid baggage, loving wife was not going to let him go out and F*$@ anyone he wanted to when he wanted to simply because he wanted to. So he kept up a lie until he was finally able to support himself and dumped me. His mother once told me they considered him the family gigolo.

        My friends of 20 years

  • by riverat1 (1048260) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @11:36AM (#41096375)

    I checked "Just fell into it". The company called my school for recommended students for a job they had. I was recommended and interviewed and got the job. Been here 27 years now doing mostly sys admin and DB admin work with some programming. I'll be retiring in 4 or 5 years.

    • Similar situation here. I went back to school to brush up some skills and get some certifications. The onsite tech guy at the school quit during my last month as a student. Three weeks later, I had his job.
  • Myself, including others I've known, have been able to get into positions otherwise inaccessible through asking our professors about any potential job openings at their other employers. Part-time professors commonly are not just being a professor for fun and working as a McDonalds manager for pay; they typically have job titles that reflect what they teach in class, and that means they have the position to put people in places, or at least have a strong enough reputation at their job to give their recommend

    • by HappyHead (11389)
      As someone who used to be one of those part time professors, I completely agree - I quite frequently recommended quality students either to my own employer, or to our clients when they were looking for someone with related skills.

      I'll also add that even though I was in Computer Science, one of the biggest things I looked at before even considering recommending them was written communication skills - if their emails to me tended towards "Cn U Hlp Me?" there was no way I'd be putting them forward as a candida
      • Verily. That's kind of why I skimmed past mentioning about grades specifically in my wording and referred to other elements like classroom ethics. Professors will look beyond the scores they give their students and will take into consideration their presentation. If the student is willing to show a professional attitude in the classroom, they will most certainly display it in the workplace.

  • by HappyHead (11389) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @11:46AM (#41096551)
    Out of University, I stupidly started up a business with one friend, and one backstabbing scum-bag, and along the way, wound up back at the U teaching as a side job - I'm still not completely sure how that happened. One day, after having a particularly heated disagreement with my boss at the U, he asked me "Oh, while we're talking, you do Unix sysadmin stuff, right? Have you got a resume handy? I work with a group that needs someone..." Which lead to me getting a job that pays more than twice what I was getting before at my previous day job, doing work I'm better at, and enjoying a lot more.

    Apparently, as a Philosophy PHD, my boss really enjoyed a good argument.
  • I got my current job because of my opensource work. A major contributor to a project I maintain founded a startup and hired me there. The project is used by the startup, but remains "independent" and is still opensource and alive.

    Imo, major opensource contributions really do help getting an interesting job.

  • Bes thing ever.

  • Checked 'just fell into it'...could have also gone with advertising perhaps, as I fell into it at my university career fair. Decided I wasn't going to waste my time with the usual big names -- not much point in spending an hour in line to talk to Google/Cisco/Intel/IBM/etc when I'd almost certainly not get the job. Instead I was talking to anyone who was free. Paused right before leaving the room to glance quickly at a company two booths over, and the woman from the company right in front of me noticed 'com

  • Created it myself.

  • by Zontar The Mindless (9002) <plasticfish DOT info AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday August 23, 2012 @01:11PM (#41097795)

    ...we all work for CowboyNeal.

  • I picked cold calling as when I was last looking I sent out resumes and what not to various headhunters and job placement companies, one of which called me back with a position they were trying to fill that matched what I was looking for.
  • I found my last 5 or 6 jobs that way, seems a common method in IT to me...
    • Amen. Every full-time job I ever had was found through headhunters.
    • by Erbo (384)
      That's what I did for this job. I didn't even have to call him; I just announced my availability on LinkedIn and Dice and he called me. In fact, I had two headhunters with competing job offers, racing each other to the finish...
  • I left to never come back to a great paying job of 2 yrs as the sole graphic designer staring at a monitor for 9hrs/day in a room with no windows, with lots of overtime and no chance of me actually getting to take my 2 weeks paid vacation. I got in my truck, drove 4500 miles over 4 months (stopped at 27 different national parks/forests) and finally arrived and landed a job on a whale watching boat in Juneau Alaska for the summer. After the summer, I boarded a jet and traveled to New Zealand where I stayed f
  • In the last 20 years, I've worked for about 12 different companies. Throughout that time, I've had a total of 4 bosses. I've worked for my current boss for about 12 of those years, and 5 of those companies.

    I'm very loyal to people, not organizations. As much as a bad boss is worth leaving a company for, a good boss is worth following.

  • I made my own collectively managed workplace with some friends. Works great, you should try it.

  • Shockingly for a kid in college, one of the people at my work saw my resume and called me out of the blue. I had not even technically applied. They were doing a lot of work with FreeBSD and I had listed it on my resume (having used it as my primary desktop for 4 years in College) and they needed someone who knew their way around the system.
  • Specifically "stranger" networking. Getting your jobs through friends is a form of networking too but the mechanics are completely different.

    I am currently working two contract gigs: A part time contract (which started first) which came about because I talked to the right person at a trade show.
    The full time contract came when a headhunter contacted me through LinkedIn.

    Job fairs aren't what they used to be but they still exist. Surely somebody has managed to land a job that way recently. Last time it wo

  • I have actually started this job twice. First time, I temped with the company for several months (fell into it), then after moving to a different temp assignment the company added a permanent position, which was advertized in the local paper (Advertizing). Several years later I left for greener pastures that turned out to be less green. 18 months after leaving, a former co-worker called me to let me know that my two replacements had moved on and my old job was available again (same workplace or different

  • by metlin (258108)

    I had a finance and econ blog where I talked about regulatory policy, economics, and finance. One of my regular readers' wife was working at a top i-bank, and she was part of a management consulting firm that specialized in these things for them. He liked my blog and my analyses so much that he passed it along to his wife.

    So, next thing I know, I get a call asking me if I'd be interested in a job. A phone screen and two case interviews later, I switched gears from R&D to go into management consulting. I

  • Me? (Score:5, Funny)

    by gman003 (1693318) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @04:01PM (#41100519)

    I killed the last man in this position, thus assuming his title.

  • My current employer found my resume on and called me. I voted for "Advertising", but I could as easily have chosen "cold calling"...

  • Jobs are for people who can't figure out how to make a living on their own.

  • I started my own business and now I employ others, you insensitive clod.

    And for what its worth, I only ever hire through agencies. Mostly for risk mitigation reasons.
  • Most of my jobs have been through headhunters calling me, often via Linked-In.

  • I voted "I fell into it", but actually the job found me. I was looking for a position and was in a conference, I put a "I am looking for a job" slide in my presentation and got an offer.

  • I am retired. Thus: "Who says I have a current job?"

    In my 40+ year career before retirement, I had six jobs. Three of them, I found by networking, which involved both "Friends (at the same workplace)" and "Friends (at a different workplace)". Together, both forms of networking resulted in over 75% of my years working.

  • I got my first job on my sixteenth birthday by walking into the manager's office and saying "I've just left school, I'm going college in September, I want to work the Summer." Ten minutes later I had a work uniform and a purchase order for a pair of toecaps and for the next three and a half years, I worked a warehouse floor. Got trained on a highlift in the process. Carried on weekends during term time and paid my own way through college with money to spare.

    My last job I did sort of the same thing. Walked i

  • I am a member of a professional organization for people who do work like what I do. I posted my resume there and was recruited to apply for a job.

    Better than headhunters, for sure.
  • I kept getting called by recruiters. All of them promising the moon, sometimes offering to send my CV to the same company. In the end, I have gotten my current and my previous job through recruiters that contacted me. Most of them, however, seem insincere and and seem like low-grade telemarketers. I doubt that much skill goes into the recruiting profession. That said, the ones that DID manage to land me my jobs were quite professional, and actually found me good solid companies to work for, so it's not all
  • I was applying for a research job in Canada, one of their requirements was a recommendation for some (notable) people. So I asked my late professor for that. He wrote one and send it to the Canadians, however, he also offered me a research job at his new location. And in the end I went there. My next job, I organized in cooperation with other researchers.

    So I opted "just fell into it ..."

  • by ifdef (450739)

    Although most of you guys were still in diapers back when it was worth participating in. :-)

    Now get off my lawn!

  • Royalty has its perks.

  • I was called by my favorite recruiter and was placed without looking for a job at all. I haven't looked for work in years. When I come on the market the recruiters around here start looking to place me. Isn't that how everyone does it.
  • Was browsing on Kijiji for a used cd drive, found a guy selling it for cheap, went to his house, we started talking, I was recently laid off looking for a job fresh out of college. He said he was a manager at a small publishing place that needed a programmer to start bringing their publications on the web, and asked if I wanted to come in for an interview. Met the whole crew (was about 9 people working there), they loved me and offered me the job on the spot.. pay was very low (28k), but I was excited about
  • by pubwvj (1045960) on Saturday August 25, 2012 @09:23AM (#41121767)

    None of the above.

    I created my job.
    I built the company.
    I own my business.
    Very carefully planned.
    Very long term.

    These surveys really need an "other" choice.

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