Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Why Hackers Hate Headhunters

TheHackerCIO hates headhunters. The Hateful quality is not inherent in recruitment -- the job -- per se.   It's because Headhunters don't love their craft. They treat technology as if it were a hash of buzzwords and their job as one of matching buzzword-desire (from companies) to found resume-buzzwords.

The typical knowledge of Headhunters is so dismal and abysmal, that they have no conception of the ridiculous "requirements" they post.

Here is one example.

And in case the link goes away, here is the relevant "requirement," preserved for time and posterity:

Hiring professionals for Gurgaon(Delhi/NCR) based organization; Skills: Predictive Modeling with Bigdata hadoop, Exp: 7-12yrs; mail me your profile at [editorial snip]

So, here is a requirement for a person with Hadoop experience of 7 - 12 years. Unfortunately, Hadoop was  released in 2005.

So they need a person with as at least as much experience as is physically possible, and ideally with 4 years more experience than the product has existed. The creators of Hadoop,  Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella, are poor candidates, for this position. They only have worked with Hadoop since the moment they created it.

This is why people read Dilbert. Catbert posts similar requirement, such as this.

I remain, Irritatedly,



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    Note that the comment above is pure, hideous spam, in the newer form (i.e., that of comments rather than email) Observe that there is no shred of relevance to the subject or theme of this posting. Clearly "Jhon Mick" googled Hadoop, which is mentioned here and then felt perfectly free to post meaningless buzzword stew to try to get people to look into his Big Data Hadoop Training in Chennai. That earns them a big roasting, from TheHackerCIO. And probaly, the comment will be deleted, so I preserve it here, without the repulsive link, which I certainly don't want crawled.