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When PPMD/SM’s/M’s say they’ll “keep you in mind” for any open opportunities for staffing. Are they lying or just being polite? I need to know.

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A little bit of both

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I’m not staffing projects 100% of the time. In fact I’m rarely staffing projects. If someone sets up a networking call with me, great. I’ll keep you in mind for the next project I staff. That could be in 9 months.

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YES

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You have no way of knowing until you know them as people.

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I usually ask around a bit initially to see if anything sticks. After that though I don’t usually expect them to be available when I finally do have an opening. The exception is when they make the effort to stay in touch and the timing just happens to work out down the road.

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Most are giving false hope, based on my experience.

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I've said the same thing to friends who have been on the bench when I heard of their situation. Sometimes I'm able to refer them to something, sometimes nothing comes up and I'm unable to help. Think it comes down to your value prop, reputation, networking efforts, timing, and sometimes just plain luck!

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It's not always in their hands, depending on how staffing works. I was promised potential engagements and because of timing or other reasons I wasn't staffed.

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Yes

Lying and polite. Staffing is a joke. Should be centralized

What do you mean by centralizing staffing?

Yes, and it’s the responsibility of the [potential] candidate to keep in touch.

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