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  • Some time ago we decided to expand the team. Trying to keep the buzzwords out of the job description was almost impossible. HR wanted to add silly phrases like "team player", "eye for detail", and other such meaningless, and refused to allow me to say "Perl hacker with good Linux skills": which is what we wanted.

    Then the agencies, start sending in CVs, almost all of them having been written or re-written by an agency monkey with little or no technical skill, and it comes out as utter drivel. You have no idea if a given candidate is suitable at all, because the CV is so terrible, yet the agent says they are so perfect.

    In the end I placed an "edited" advert on [] and got an unfiltered CV. We had a quick round of interviews, and got what we needed, no agency fee changed hands. Alas he was then made redundent later on, but that's another story.

    There are days I worry that if I loose my job another time, I have no idea how I'd find a job, seeing as the whole process is so inefficient from both the employer's and employee's perspective.

    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."