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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dear Job Poster

Your recent job posting really gave me a good chuckle.  You want a "Programmer Analyst" - which is a junior programmer title - with the following:

Master's Degree or foreign equiv. in CS,Comp.Engng,Computer App.,or related field, plus 2 yrs of exp.in job offered,S/W consultant, engnr or related

an expert in...
HTML, DHTML, CSS, PHP, XML PERL, CORBA,  C, C++, and JAVA;

and then
Oracle, SQL, and MS Access

So, overall expert in DOS/Windows and Linux technologies.

I'm not sure why you think someone with a masters in CS will want a junior programmer job, or what you gained by shortening engineer to engnr.  I also don't know what you mean by SQL, there are MySQL, MSSQL, Sybase SQL Server - or do you just mean the general concept of the structured query language? 

This is what happens when HR people try to write job postings with no understanding of what any of it means.  In reality, this looks like a Java web programmer position.  I'm not sure why anyone with a masters degree would be interested in this for more than an afternoon, as this kind of work is very mundane and repetitive. 

I may be unemployed, but I do enjoy a good chuckle.

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Bryan Valencia is a contributing editor and founder of Visual Studio Journey.  He owns and operates Software Services, a web design and hosting company in Manteca, California.

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