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    The Hack Recruiters are at it Again!

    I recently ran across this advertisement for a job with the description of minimum requirements. HR and recruiting hacks and managers who don’t understand what their technical employees actually do are at it again asking for qualifications that cannot exist. The are using buzz words they don’t understand and encouraging dishonesty in the hiring process. Basically they are asking for something that is impossible to deliver so they are encouraging job seekers to lie.

    ——– Original Message ——–

    Subject: System Analyst – San Antonio, Tx
    Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 20:05:35 -0000
    To: launchpadjobclub-jobs@yahoogroups.com

    We are seeking a System Analyst – San Antonio, Tx

    Minimum Requirements:
    • 8 Years -Systems Analyst on Windows and Unix systems
    • 8 Years -Unix and Unix-like operating systems
    • 4 Years -Demonstrable experience in migration of IT from Windows to Unix/Linux cloud computing

    • 2 Years -IT Consulting for medium to large organizations

    Though we have had hosted applications, On-Demand and SaaS for much of the 2000’s, none of these really qualify as “cloud computing”. The job description below is asking for a MINIMUM of 4 years doing migration of IT (not apps) to a cloud! I suppose someone who has experience migrating a company to Sales Force or some other SaaS application like Callidus On-Demand might qualify, but that was actually never “cloud computing” unless you define all on demand hosted and SaaS as “cloud computing”.

    Unless you are a technical guru you must understand a bit of the background and history of cloud computing to see why this is so wrong.

    • Amazon started making its infrastructure available externally in 2006 so programmers and software companies could start to develop cloud apps (4 years ago) since resource utilization averaged about 10%.
    • Google, IBM and a number of universities started a cloud computing initiative research project in 2007 (incidentally, Callidus started OnDemand in 2006 and the first customers went live in 2007, but that is SaaS and not really cloud computing).

    I remember during the Internet bubble from 1999 to 2001 when Linux, Java and open source had been around for about 5 years and I was reading ads for jobs requiring 10 or 15 years of Linux and Java experience and certifications. To clarify it a bit more, at the time experienced Unix hands were highly qualified to administer Linux and had probably used Linux at home quite a bit, but didn’t bother to get the newly available Linux certs. Only newbies who didn’t have Unix experience since you couldn’t get production Linux experience got the certs. At that point there were no Java certifications and these qualifications ruled out programmers with 20 years experience using C or C++, but only two or three years with Java. Thus, there was almost no one in the world qualified to run a production Linux system or build a Java application and apply for these jobs without lying. It was similar to demanding an MCSE for a position supporting PCs used to be in the early days when much of the MCSE information in the tests was just plain incorrect. Just goes to show you that you have to understand what the person in the job does to have a clue in hiring.  Would you want to work for an organization that had this little understanding of the technologies or what you would actually be doing in the job and didn’t know or care that they were promoting dishonesty?

    What do you think about this situation?

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