We have all seen terrible job postings while looking for our a position ourselves. Several people have already written articles on this including Robin at Shore Street Software. Some of the issues resolve around how job postings are formatted, what words they use and what programming languages they are asking for. In this post, I will be discussing something else: Timing.
I have experience developing Flash in both AS2 and AS3. I started toying with the software back in high-school and got serious about it when I found a position at my university. This was a quick transition and I evolved my skills just as the software evolved as well.
Having this information posted in my LinkedIn profile immediately throws me advertisements for job postings which are Flash related. After browsing through several pages of posting here is a major failure which I notice:
Entry-Level AS2 Experienced Programmer
Whats wrong with this posting you might ask? They obviously are looking for someone to continue development on their product which was developed in AS2. The problem isn’t that part, its the rest. AS2 has been out since 2006 when Flash Player 9 came out and supported AS3. People still use it but the new kids aren’t picking it up. Anyone knowing AS2 has been at Flash development for probably at least 5 years. If you’re looking for an experienced AS2 programmer, you might be looking at someone who has 7+ years of Flash work in their pocket. So altogether, with all that experience and wealth of deprecated knowledge, you are looking at an entry-level job. Say what?
This is simply another great example at a failed job advertisement. Employers need to make an effort when posting job ads and not simply let their HR department write the requirements. Don’t agree? Post a comment!