Hiding from recruiters

I'm a (fairly) technical person with a computer science degree and a Web application development background. I want to see what's out there without being hassled by every recruiter.

Dear Adviser,

I'm a (fairly) technical person with a computer science degree and a Web application development background.

I want to see what's out there without being hassled by every recruiter, never mind letting my own company become aware I'm looking. Is that possible?

Hiding Out

Dear Hiding Out,

Being a "fairly technical person" you have the world at your finger tips. The Internet is an obvious source of information on vacancies available.

There is an expanding number of job sites worth visiting including IDG's own JobUniverse, and if you use a New Zealand Web directory and search under employment, this will give you access to many more New Zealand-based roles. Although information on specific roles may be sketchy, you can maintain your anonymity.

Alternatively, you could choose to work with one recruiter (the non-hassling kind), and ask to be kept informed of any roles that match your skill set and career aspirations. I would recommend that you set-up an independent email address or ask to be contacted by phone after hours.

Readers with career questions can have them answered in this column by IT recruitment specialists. This month Auckland-based Itec Recruitment answers your queries. Send questions via Computerworld journalist, Darren Greenwood, with "Dear Adviser" in the subject line.

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