Jawad Yaqub jaez at
Fri May 4 14:14:55 BST 2007

kitlin: a northern irish phrase meaning 'to have kittens'... as in: the recruitment agents are kitlin because they can't find the right person for the job...


good post by the way, and you're right.


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Datum: Fri, 4 May 2007 12:55:07 +0100
Von: Nicholas Clark <nick at>
An: at
Betreff: Bonkers

> Yes, I'm mailing this to the main list, quite deliberately.
> Something is bonkers here:
> 1: There are (at least) 12 companies in and around London trying to
> recruit
>    developers with strong Perl skills
> 2: I know of 5 people who are sufficiently dissatisfied with their current
> job
> 3: The recruitment agents are having kittens* because they can't find
>    anyone to interview for these jobs
> 4: Last night there were around 25 people at the social meeting;
>    There are hundreds of subscribers to this list, and at least 100 are in
>    London.
> There must be some intersection between those companies seeking to
> recruit,
> and some people on this list. Yet no-one at any of these companies says:
>   "Yes, I know no job is perfect, and this one does have its warts. But on
>    average it's fun, and you should at least interview here"
> Why not? Is everyone at these dozen firms all sufficiently dissatisfied
> that
> they too want to move on?
> If not, lets have some de-lurking. Because without it nothing is going to
> improve.**
> Nicholas Clark
> * Because currently having kittens is easier.
> ** Because I know that those 5 don't move because whilst they aren't that
>    happy with where they are, they know that there is worse, often through
>    personal experience of it, and so they stick with the devil they know.
>    Recruitment agents are slaves of mammon. They have no reason to be
> truthful
>    in any recommendation.

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