RE: funny job postings redux

Subject: RE: funny job postings redux
From: "Earl Cooley" <shiva -at- io -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 10:48:43 -0500

Keith Cronin wrote:
> Greg wrote:
> >
> >
> > So, all you *fluent* German and English speakers (who live where you
> > can take this position), who are *also* ASE-certified mechanics
> > (hands-on repair experience), with specialized knowledge of European
> > automotive systems, what are you waiting for? ;)
> When I see ads like this, I hope/assume that they've been written to
> describe a specific person they're trying to replace, who in the course of
> his or her life had amassed that skillset and found ways to use it in this
> job.
> I've known and worked with unique people like that, and they are VERY hard
> to replace. So you can't blame the company for trying, even if it does
> make for an odd laundry list of requirements.

One of my most memorable job interviews was a case like that; the
former job holder had escaped his position through departmental
transfer, leaving behind a teetering, Gormenghastian legacy database
system. Management wanted to migrate to a more modern system, but
the mission-critical database required daily twiddling to avert
disaster, and the former expert was getting tired of it and trying
to get them to stop pestering him. So, what might have been a fairly
straightforward db conversion job would have turned into six-month
plus experience of dealing with a leaky dike and running out of
fingers. I helped them rewrite the job specification so that they
could find someone with a heck of a lot more experience in that
legacy system than I had. It was for their own good. heh.

e=sc^ (shiva -at- io -dot- com) Earl Cooley III

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