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Old Oct 19th 2010, 7:05 am
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I do laugh sometimes when I look through the job search sites and see that every agency advertisement is looking for 10+ years of experience usually in a very obscure specialisation of an unpopular profession. I often wonder if they can find anyone at all who is an expert in, for example “Wear and stress testing on grade B, type 33 pump sprockets in redox environments” in Australasia, my guess is zero (probably in part because anyone who encountered the same problem has solved it and since move on with their lives).

Is it any wonder people lie or misrepresent themselves on their CVs now? Companies expectations have got ever more unrealistic and the market has adapted by realising HR departments and recruitment agencies really have no idea who they are looking for and couldn’t tell the difference if you lied about being an expert in type 33 sprockets anyway .
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Old Oct 19th 2010, 7:58 am
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I don't know.
If you fibbed about being a plumber and then couldn't plumb , I think a leak or two might appear.
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Old Oct 19th 2010, 5:06 pm
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Three and a half years since I fixed a plane, and got an email yesterday offering me long term work in Blenheim for the RNZAF.

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Old Oct 19th 2010, 5:13 pm
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I do laugh sometimes when I look through the job search sites and see that every agency advertisement is looking for 10+ years of experience usually in a very obscure specialisation of an unpopular profession. I often wonder if they can find anyone at all who is an expert in, for example “Wear and stress testing on grade B, type 33 pump sprockets in redox environments” in Australasia, my guess is zero (probably in part because anyone who encountered the same problem has solved it and since move on with their lives).

Is it any wonder people lie or misrepresent themselves on their CVs now? Companies expectations have got ever more unrealistic and the market has adapted by realising HR departments and recruitment agencies really have no idea who they are looking for and couldn’t tell the difference if you lied about being an expert in type 33 sprockets anyway .
I agree - it seems to be the same everywhere (ever since "HR departments" evolved into tools for corporate Management as opposed to being "Personnel departments" designed to support the company staff?) - but that's a different rant - however I'd probably be more worried again if I actually matched the skills criteria and got that job! (Apologies to all type-33 sprocket enthusiasts out there.....)
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Old Oct 19th 2010, 5:18 pm
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Originally Posted by hazeandsteve View Post
Three and a half years since I fixed a plane, and got an email yesterday offering me long term work in Blenheim for the RNZAF.

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erm, where do they train/fly? I'd like to move somewhere safe-ish - no offence to you and yr skills, but that does sound odd.....
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Old Oct 19th 2010, 6:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Charismatic View Post
I do laugh sometimes when I look through the job search sites and see that every agency advertisement is looking for 10+ years of experience usually in a very obscure specialisation of an unpopular profession. I often wonder if they can find anyone at all who is an expert in, for example “Wear and stress testing on grade B, type 33 pump sprockets in redox environments” in Australasia, my guess is zero (probably in part because anyone who encountered the same problem has solved it and since move on with their lives).

Is it any wonder people lie or misrepresent themselves on their CVs now? Companies expectations have got ever more unrealistic and the market has adapted by realising HR departments and recruitment agencies really have no idea who they are looking for and couldn’t tell the difference if you lied about being an expert in type 33 sprockets anyway .
Dang! I only did type 32's and 34's....
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Old Oct 19th 2010, 8:30 pm
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Default Re: Obscure job listings [rant]

Originally Posted by Charismatic View Post
I do laugh sometimes when I look through the job search sites and see that every agency advertisement is looking for 10+ years of experience usually in a very obscure specialisation of an unpopular profession. I often wonder if they can find anyone at all who is an expert in, for example “Wear and stress testing on grade B, type 33 pump sprockets in redox environments” in Australasia, my guess is zero (probably in part because anyone who encountered the same problem has solved it and since move on with their lives).

Is it any wonder people lie or misrepresent themselves on their CVs now? Companies expectations have got ever more unrealistic and the market has adapted by realising HR departments and recruitment agencies really have no idea who they are looking for and couldn’t tell the difference if you lied about being an expert in type 33 sprockets anyway .
I think you've got a good point. You've got to be careful in software development though - even though it's easy enough to learn some of the skills on the run if you're given the chance, an increasing number of companies are making you take a competency test in advance.

The years of useful non-marketable skills like surviving in a corporate environment, learning negotiation, working with difficult people, time management, self-organisation, effective multi-tasking etc. seem to be irrelevant in technical job hunting.

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