Finding a Good DBA
I put a page together for this blog to help people understand how to find a good DBA.
I often hear people lamenting the fact that they cannot find a SQL Server expert. Many times this is a result of the people trying to find an expert by conducting a job search using standard methods (recruiters, online ads). The job description lists everything under the Sun as requirements and sometimes even list more than one job title (Sharepoint administration, Exchange administration, etc.), but those jobs rarely pay equivalent money. In short, employers want to find someone willing to do everything for less money than they are worth.
Guess what? You’re going to have a hard time finding those people.
I think part of the problem here is that most often a good DBA is nothing more than an appliance for most shops. Managers and IT directors have little understanding of the true value for a DBA so they are considered to be the equivalent of a toaster. They sit there and work on demand when you need them most. But for most of the day you don’t need them at all, but you know you want to keep them around for the next time.
If you want to find a SQL Server expert you need to stop thinking of them as a toaster. If you are serious about finding quality people to hire for your staff then you need to get out of your office and start meeting quality people that you would want to put on your staff.
Sitting in your office and posting ads for jobs or hiring recruiters is going to give you the same rate of success as if you were ordering a bride from Russia. It’s a crapshoot. Better you understand that now and start laying the groundwork to expand your network accordingly.