Morbid Curiosity: “XML Manager”?

March 24, 2009

I’m a little baffled by this posting for an ‘XML Manager‘.  Well, I feel like I should be baffled, but unfortunately, it just seems like another symptom of the pervasive technical recruiter disease.  A posting created by someone who doesn’t really understand the industry.  But, hey, if I’m wrong, and you’re an XML manager who feels like I’m slighting your chosen career space, do feel free to comment.


It’s “Business Intelligence”

March 20, 2009

Unless you want to be mistaken for an queer sort of equal-opportunity employer, I firmly suggest using the full term ‘Business Intelligence’ in job posting titles.  Almost anyone qualified for this position will understand what ‘BI’ is, but still.

And, yes, pun intended.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


Morbid Curiosity: Developer with Max 5y Exp, Self Testing

March 13, 2009

An unspecified company is looking for a developer with:

  • Absolutely no more than five years experience.  You have six years?  We don’t want you.
  • Ability to self-test.  “Developer, are you operational?” “Let me check … yes, all systems report back operational.  Stomach reports desire for additional food, temperature level slightly low, and somewhat nauseous from party last night, but all within normal parameters.” “Thank you.”

Unspecified: Contract Technical Lead

February 20, 2009

Is it just me, or does this role not sound like something you could do as a two-month contract?  I’d say at the very least they should be doing a much better job of describing it like a contract, rather than describing it like a full-time ongoing position.

This week’s been pretty slow for me — there was a statutory holiday, two days of vacation and a new laptop occupying my time.  I’m trying to get back on track.


Morbid Curiosity: ESDI and SUE II

February 3, 2009

When I see job postings like this one, that assumes you know what ESDI and SUE II are, I wonder what percentage of the potential candidate pool this destroys.  Do you only get people who know ESDI and SUE II, or do you only end up with people so desperate for work that they’ll apply to anything?

I haven’t even been able to make a lot of headway in casual searching to find out what these are, so if you know, feel free to comment.  I’m assuming the posters of this job aren’t having a lot of luck — I wouldn’t expect them to.


Morbid Curiosity: “The Latest Email”

January 31, 2009

A job that asks for qualifications “along with one of the three areas that were mentioned in the latest email” is perhaps the result of a recruiter who’s good at cut-and-paste and less great at proof-reading.  The job’s been making the rounds for a good chunk of the week without having been fixed.


Seven Years JSF Experience

January 31, 2009

I’m always amused when job postings ask for more years experience in a technology than is really feasible.  For instance, if you ask for seven years experience in JSF, the specification for which was basically released around the beginnning of 2004, you’re probably guaranteeing that anyone who applies has decided to ignore your requirements — because your requirements cannot be met.