I moved to Pittsburgh this summer, now that Mr. Neville has gotten a faculty job with the University of Pittsburgh. I’m looking for a job here, specifically one doing Unix or Linux system administration.
I’ve been working with some recruiters, and I have heard from them that it’s not in my interest to apply twice (once on my own, once through a recruiter) for the same job. They have told me that that makes it likely that the HR people looking at the resumes will notice my duplicate submissions and throw both of them out. Does anyone know if that’s true, or are they saying that because it’s in their interest to submit my application to a particular employer?
Does anyone have any experience working with this kind of recruiters, or any helpful advice? Anybody know of any particularly good or bad recruiters in this area?
Does anyone know of any companies (or any of the universities) that are looking for someone in my line of work in this area?
My specific situation is that I was in a more specialized job of installing and managing software for a few years, and now I want to get back into the system administration side of things (the place where I worked valued programmers more highly than system administrators IMO, and there was some pressure on me to go more toward writing code, which I do not want to do). Any advice on breaking back into system administration, or on making it clear to prospective employers that that’s what I want to do?
Any job-search advice in general? The last time I looked for a job was the summer of 2001. I really hate the process of job-hunting, so I tend to stay in a job for a while.