Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Looking for a DBA? Looking for a New Job?

Ryan Recruiter meet Dave DBA…

As a contractor and consultant I get to speak to many agents and recruiters and over the years I have built up a relationship with several agents that I have worked with on several assignments. I constantly get phone calls and emails  about jobs that for one reason or another are not right for me at that particular time. These are usually permanent roles and working as a contractor and consultant means that I end up turning these down and moving on with my day.

Earlier this year one of my clients got in touch and asked if I would help them look for a new permanent SQL Server DBA. For one reason or another they haven’t always been successful in getting good candidates to apply for their job vacancies.  The company in question are based in the South West UK. They had tried going to agencies directly but they had not had any luck finding suitable candidate. I said I’d happily post something out on twitter and LinkedIn and maybe a post on my blog and we’ll see if we get any responses. As I was typing into Tweetdeck I noticed a post by @FatherJack about the user group he runs, that gave me the idea that someone at the user group might be interested. I was also certain that if there were any interested candidate and  they were taking the time to attend a user group then probably had all the skills and drive and needed to fill the role at my client.

I pinged an email over to Jonathan who kindly agreed to mail the job description out to his user group, he also retweeted my tweet, Jonathan’s wife (@mrs_fatherjack)  also kindly retweeted my tweet and between us we found someone interested enough to apply in a very short space of time.Who woo! I’m not naming any names but the person who applied for the job following our little effort ended up being the best candidate for role and got offered the job. All from my initial tweet and the kind help from the SQL community.

I guess that’s the power of twitter blogs and social medial in general.

Anyway back to my story, one of my agent friends phoned up yesterday asking if I would be interested in Job. It was right on my doorstep (I live in South Wales in the UK) but it wasn’t right for me. So I passed. My agent friend then asked me if I knew anyone who would be interested  I initially said no and then I thought about how well this worked out previously and I said I would ask around. I thought there might be someone out there on twitter, LinkedIn or just reading this post that would be interested. I have worked with this agency previously and I know a few the guys, my agent friend asked if I knew anyone who might be interested…I said I’d mention it…Let me know if you want more details on a SQL Server BI developer  job in Newport South Wales UK, drop me an email


  1. Unfortunately, SQL Server DBA roles are scarce in the South Wales area ?! You've often got to travel over the bridge for a decent job description and a decent salary......

  2. Hi Gethyn, see you in June.


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