Every once in a while, I'll put my resume up on Dice.com just to see what types of offers come my way. I'm beginning to think I might be a masochist. Perhaps the thing that peeves me the most is when recruiters/headhunters call me and kind of nonchalantly ask my graduation year.
Yes, I'm 24. But I've been doing web work since I was 18. At 20, I was better than a lot of the guys I've worked with in the last few years who've been doing development "professionally" for 5+ years (I use that term loosely). At 22, my knowledge of XML, ASP, and SQL were strong enough that a sizeable engineering company would hire me as a consultant to do the work that their internal developers couldn't do.
"So when exactly did you graduate?". I despise this question. It's a ludicrous question to ask, of course. I've been doing the same type of work (and getting paid) since I was in college. So what's the difference between the for-money work I did the day before I graduated and all the work I've done since I've graduated? Nothing. Not only that, in fact, the work that I did for my high level computer science classes? Leaps and bounds above the typical work that most developers do in their careers.
Oy. It makes the whole exprience so frustrating.
I had enough of it today when Renee called and started asking me to doctor my resume. I've never hung up on any recruiter (I've been hung up on a few times). I just couldn't handle it any more.