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I am particularly interested in India, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine.
That means the whole process of inviting applications, getting CVs, negotiating contracts etc etc.
But where can you go to advertise such a vacancy, and hopefully ensure you waste as little time as possible? Has anybody done this? If so where did you post your vacancy and what was the outcome?
If their email isn't exactly as specified delete it. My company ended up with 30 really good candidates, selected a Romanian and we're really happy with his work. He's been with us for 6 months and as trust builds we've relaxed a lot with him. For instance he now has access to more servers, can leave for errands, etc. just like a local salaried employee. He's now salaried, not hourly and after he's with us for 12 months will qualify for paid vacations.
Treat these folks as professionals who are part of your team and they'll appreciate it, going the extra mile when you need to. Too often offshore guys get treated like crap... and people wonder why they have no loyalty.
If you don't take care in selection, you may get someone with multiple full-time or part-time "jobs". Certain monitoring kinds of tasks can fit this model; others that create a lot of visible output make it hard for someone to hold more than one job at a time.
It's just my opinion but I don't think US designers have too much to worry about in the long run. Using offshore help may sound cheap and easy on the surface but I have spent a lot of money finding the right people. I've gone through many 1/2 done and abandonded projects and many headaches in communication and time zones. There is also a lot of work on my end to make sure every aspect of every task is spelled out clearly and in great detail with mock ups and graphics to explain some of the more complex database requests and design elements.
At times I think it might have been easier to go with a US design firm for our needs but now that I have found my offshore team I wouldn't give them up for the world.
As for how to find them, well, I don't know. Maybe you can call some of the companies that are mentioned in the book. They're also featured on CNN.
I hope this helps you.
You have mentioned India, Ukraine and other counteries..but not Pakistan? :)
I am saying this cuz I am from Pakistan and my company has been providing offshore services to clients in USA and Europe so I do have solid references to give you :)
Anyways, if you are still looking for some solid offshore team for your work, I am interested.
I would also like to mention here that I have over 18 years of computer related experience and I am running my company since 1998 so we do know what we are doing :)
I was wondering if you'd like to discuss further on the possibility?
Let me know
P.S. I registered on this forum only after looking at your post as I wanted to reply :)