I got back from 5 days in Las Vegas and that kind of thing is never easy. I did get a lot of work done though and did a ton of networking. For five days, I hung with recruiters and people very interested in learning more about the industry. Recruiters love to talk about business and tricks of the trade. I learned a lot about the city of Las Vegas and the recruiting challenges taking place there every day. It was very interesting.
Itâ€™s also a privilige for me to spend time with certain people much smarter than me and Iâ€™ll tell you, I am very fortunate that time and time again, these same people continue to share their wisdom and insight with me. All of this stuff helps justify to me why spending 5 days in Vegas is a good thing.
The other thing that I realized that is kind of interesting is that winning a pot in poker is easy when you have the best hand. The same is true with recruiting. I mean, sometimes in a hand of poker, you have the best hand and you know it. Sometimes you have the best client and you know it.
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I remember I had a client that hired every single device driver engineer I could find and pay them 40% more than what they were making and relocate them from wherever they were. Itâ€™s real easy when itâ€™s like that. Same as in poker, when you flop the nut straight and someone flops three of a kind, things work out just fine. Now of course, sometimes things go wrong but they are far and few between.
In most cases though, itâ€™s not easy and the outcome is not obvious. Itâ€™s why when recruiting, you always need to be on the lookout for the disaster card. Thing is, youâ€™ll never see it coming and you certainly wonâ€™t see it when it hits if you donâ€™t ask the questions constantly from the beginning. Itâ€™s the pair on the river, but that oneâ€™s easy to see.