Clueless job ads

» 13 June 2003 » In Rants »

This must be the most ridiculous job posting I have ever seen. So let’s see, the potential candidate needs to know Cisco equipment by heart, handle firewall software from several different vendors, be an accomplished network engineers, administrate Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, and Sybase, support Windows and Linux servers, write programs in PHP, Perl, Python, HTML, SQL, and JavaScript, and create graphics in Fireworks, Flash, Photoshop, and Illustrator to boot. All for a $50k salary. Good luck. They’ll still be looking when the Halley’s comet comes around next time.

I’ve seen a variation of this kind of silly ad, where the requirements are something like this: 10 years of Java, 7 years of .NET and C#, ability to eat UML for breakfast, and write compilers for dinner. No wonder there is a perception that the job market is incredibly tight. I don’t think that’s necessarily true; it’s just that both sides need to have more realistic expectations.

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  1. andrei
    Dan Kalowsky
    13/06/2003 at 3:47 pm Permalink

    I’d have to disagree with the bit about the job market not being incredibly tight. I know that while I was searching a few months back it was no easier than it had been 2 years ago at the start of the economic crash.

    There are still plenty of individuals that I know whom are unemployed and searching.

  2. andrei
    scott johnson
    13/06/2003 at 6:50 pm Permalink

    I’d agree with that; the market still blows imho. Lots of good folks w/o jobs right now.

  3. andrei
    Andrei Zmievski
    13/06/2003 at 6:59 pm Permalink

    And that’s because the job boards are overflowing with the job postings?

  4. andrei
    Dan Kalowsky
    18/06/2003 at 11:49 am Permalink

    Overflowing with jobs yes, but not with responses when applied for. I know for awhile I was sending 30-40 resumes a day with no response. I think it’s a two fold issue, where companies want to appear to be growing, expanding, in essence being prosperous in a time when others are not. To do this, they become slightly misleading on the potential for new oppertunies.

    In either case, I’ll be back to the job hunt in a few months. I’ll let you know how it is then 🙂

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