I receive calls daily about my availability as a SharePoint developer. Are you seeking employment? Are you presently available? Can you talk? All of these questions I am sure are a result of my continually updated resume on Dice.com. As a SharePoint Consultant, I am always interested in talking to people about new opportunities. It’s how I make my living. I love talking to people about SharePoint and I spend quite a bit of time developing a network of personal and professional contacts.
I employ many different techniques. From social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, to writing on this blog or living blogging at different events, I try to promote my interest in SharePoint. I like to help people discover the exciting world of SharePoint and so I participate in User Group meetings and attend different conferences. Most recently, I attended the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas. You can read my post about that experience here.
Inevitably, the question comes. Are you willing to relocate? Now – I have to ask you. If you are recruiting for a SharePoint Developer position in Chicago, are you telling me that there are not any SharePoint developers in the Chicago area willing to look at an opportunity? Will a company actually move a person just to fill a developer position? Maybe I’m naive. I was just talking to someone about a couple of positions in Washington DC. I continually see positions out there. Are there no developers in the DC area? Now – for short-term projects, I will travel – no problem. For a long-term situation – I would need to be able to telecommute. But please don’t ask me to move my family to New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, California, Seattle, Denver or St. Louis. I’m sure they are all nice cities, (I’ve visited most of those), I’m just not interested in moving there.
But – if you want me to move to the Springfield, Missouri area – then let’s talk!