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Adrian (66)


The hats I wear at work include: accessibility consultant; information architect; software developer (of the agile/XP/TDD breed - mostly in Perl); usability consultant; web site designer. I'm very dull:-) . []

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Friday August 19, 2005
07:40 AM

Bad job adverts - #2 in an ongoing series

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Process consultants urgently needed. To work in London. Excellent oppertunity. Must have Prior experience. UNIX, Perl, NT Architecture, Leadership experience. This role comes with an excellent salary and excellent bennefits package. Only apply if you genuinely believe you have what is required. NO CHANCERS PLEASE.

It's that last sentence that cracks me up. Because, y'know, nothing deters shoplifters more than a "no shoplifters" sign. Really!

They could, of course, put enough information down the job so that it's harder for people to go "yeah, I can bullshit that". But that would require actual effort wouldn't it.


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  • You see the same thing in real estate listings. "Serious buyers only, please," and stuff like that.

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • Only apply if you meet the spec we can't be bothered to describe properly because we are too lazy to earn our fee.

    Sounds like yet another poor excuse to not respond to enquiries and generally expect something for nothing.

    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;
  • You know, I consider it basic courtesy to at least spell things like these correctly.

    If someone is too incompetent to either a) spell correctly or b) use a spellchecker, what are the chances that they’ll a) be able to tell chancers from solid candidates and b) actually be able to appreciate the expertise and judgement of a solid candidate?

    That advert is basically crying out from miles away that you’re going to expect unreasonable things. I’d be surprised if anyone *but chancers answer