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There are two problems in high tech hiring:
1) companies think they can hire technical people with every skill under the
2) companies are not willing to accept anyone who may need to "learn"
(however quickly) another skill set.
Here is an example of what I mean, an ad pulled at random from the June 16th
Financial Post ...
"... financial and tactical planning and forecasting ... degree or diploma,
preferably including MCSE ... knowledge of security practices, LANs and
WANs, Alpha and Compaq servers, VAX systems, and VB, C+, HTML, ORACLE,
Windows 95/98/NT/2000, PKI, and Entrust. A willingness to travel is
They don't want much, do they?! These ads are placed by HR and marketing
people, by the way. "Well, let's put in everything, and see what we get." Of
course, they will never find anyone with that many skills, so they will
bemoan the lack of "qualified" candidates.
I wrote an more detailed article at my web site you might find interesting
The industry has evolved into one with completely unrealistic expectations.
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