Jeff Moden wrote: Steve Jones - SSC Editor wrote:
When I see that list, I'm not at all scared. I've seen many descriptions, not just in tech, but in medicine, legal, hospitality, etc. where a job ad is created by a committee. It's a chore, so the person doing it asks others, and ends up with lots of "wishes", but not requirements.
I've always told people if you hit 50% of the skills, apply. Likely they would like someone to have them all, but they know it's not possible, so they can train you on the things you don't know if you are a good candidate.
Likely any project you are on contains only a portion of those skills, so this isn't any different than many descriptions I've seen. If that kind of things scares you, likely you are letting opportunities go by.
The point is, such litanies keep even good people from applying for one of two reasons...
- The list is overwhelming to people that don't know it's a wish list.
- Other people look at it and say that if they can't properly distinguish between requirements and "nice to haves", they might suck as a place to work for because they can't define what they actually need are so they take the shotgun approach.
Even knowing it is a wish list it is a bit overwhelming. Makes me nervous the expectations are way high.
On the topic of not being able to distinguish requirements from "nice to haves" this is a shining example. There is both a "Desired Experience" and "Requirements Qualifications" sections. But then under the requirements you see "Experience with TDD is a plus". It's on the wrong list which is another potential warning sign.
So to Steve's point, maybe this would be me missing a good opportunity. Or perhaps Jeff is right that it scared away a good person. There is no right or wrong here, I just gave my opinion that it made me shy away because it seems to be looking for too much.
Sorry to pick this one apart Luis. I know you were posting here hoping to find some leads, not a critique of the posting that you didn't write. Hopefully you are able to find somebody soon.