Consider this, whenever there is an unfilled “req” (requisition) for a big customer, there are quite a lot of services companies trying to fill it. Recently, I have been working with a customer that is large and put out a “req” that illustrates this as well as an other would.

When one of these “req”s comes out, those of us who either work with that specific product will be contacted by somewhere between five to twenty recruiters, depending on a wide variety of factors, including the scarcity of the type of resource. Sometimes, recruiters will contact people who are not actually related to the type of skills being asked for, so this means that each of us gets yet more contacts.

So, think of it — there is a single position open for some amount of requested consulting time (often, six months to two years) and industry people are getting possibly five to twenty contacts on the very same position. This obviously does not mean there are five to twenty spots open. Usually, there is a single position open. However, it is not always easy to know that. In this particular case, because I was already working with the customer and also because of the timing of the contacts, happened to know that all the contacts were for the same spot. If I were not privvy to the details, I might not have known this, because the details recruiters gave me varied. If I were not connected with the project, I might have though there were at least two to four different spots open because that’s how much some of the information varied in these contacts.

Thus, whenever there is a resource crunch, SampleManager or otherwise, it is not easy to determine exactly how short of resources the industry currently is. That is to say — how many more people would it take to fill all open spots? In that, while many consultants are working extra-long hours and many customers are getting their needs filled, this way, we cannot guarantee this will fill all the needs, either.

Bottom Line: Most people don’t actually need a resource, right now. They are taking care of their needs internally or they already have their external resources setup. Or, there are plenty that have stable systems and no need to change them, right now. Most people aren’t seeing the crunch. And, of those out looking for resources, many are either finding the resources or finding creative ways to get what they need. Most people probably neither know nor are affected by this. But, to those who are affected, it seems extreme.

Gloria Metrick
GeoMetrick Enterprises

4 Thoughts to “Is the SampleManager Resource Crunch as Bad as it Sounds?”

  1. Nancy Ridenhour

    This also happens when a company forces contractor time to end at their company. Some are watching the IRS rules and only allow contractors to stay on site X number of months. Suddenly one hears about the IT jobs in the area and the increase needed.

  2. All of this sounds like the classic life cycle for contractors. It is a case of feast and famine. Now is the time to feast, for surely, famine is to come. The trick is saving up for that rainy day regardless of when it happens but be assured, it is going to happen.

    Most individual consultants simply cannot diversify and do not want to so you have to get the work when you can or rely upon the spouse in the thin times or that rainy day savings.

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