Thursday, July 17, 2008

Job Posting Irritations

My philosophy about job postings is (like everything else) well documented online:

- Guidelines to Make Sure I Throw Away Your Resume As Quickly As Possible


- Hiring the Best Employee

But every time I post an ad for a new position, I am inundated with irritating people.

I can easily handle people who say "I don't have any of the qualifications, but it sure sounds like a swell job."


The really irritating people are the ones who don't want to apply for the job, but fill my mailbox with commentaries on me, my hiring practices, the wages I offer, why I'm evil, and how they've know $100/hr MCSE's who screwed up an SBS install.

There's also an easy answer to this:

If you don't like my hiring practices,
don't apply for the job.

If you don't like the wage being offered,
don't apply for the job.

If you you think I'm evil,
don't apply for the job.

If you just want to tell stories about incompetent technicians, buy me a beer, but
don't apply for the job.

The most irrirating one is the schmuck who tells me to stop "clogging up the boards" with a job that only pays $50,000 a year.

Schmuck: I paid for that advertisement. If I want to use it to reprint the lyrics to "God Save the Queen," that's my right.

If you just don't like the ad, please don't apply for the job.

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I'm posting this here because I don't want to dignify any of these morons with an individual response.

Who checks the job boards every day and posts commentaries on the job postings they don't like? Answer: An unemployed, under-certified (or over-certified and under-experienced), under-skilled loser who spends the rest of his day watching Jerry Springer reruns.

Please just turn the television back on, crack open another Bud Light, and

don't apply for the job.


  1. Sir, do you understand that you are under oath?

    Yes. I Vladimir Mazek did not write, assist in writing, approve or participate in any way in the process of writing this blog post.

    While I find the commentary rather harsh, I have to thank my lucky stars that they are at least out in the market looking for a job. The alternative, as we see too often in this space, is that they become SPF consultants who combine their lack of experience, expertise and business acumen to destroy one small business at a time and take full pride in their inability to build a company. Given the tradeoff, I'd rather them piss you off on than make the rest of us IT Businesses look bad.


  2. YOU think the commentary is too harsh?

    I'm going to tell my friend Vlad that someone is posting comments using his name.


  3. Well... yeah.

    I mean, I beat people up in public but I beat people who are stupid and don't take their business seriously.

    It's one thing to be an IT business and spend all your day eating Cheetos and bitch and moan about how others aren't making your life easy.... and quite another to be unemployed and bitching about the same thing.

    You should have some tollerance for those. After all, if they had things going on they wouldn't be trolling the job board looking for a job. Gotta cut them some slack.

    Compare that to the SPFs trolling the boards in search of a clue and best practice.

    Not the same bunch. Some deserve to be abused. Others you get what you pay for, in this case a $50K MCSE.


  4. I've seen this with my previous company. Someone was giving my ex-boss a bunch of crap, back and forth, because of the pay being offered was "way too low".

    After a year and a half I came to realize that while the back and forth was wasteful and foolish, it was true that the offer was too low. It's hard to find good people who will work for 50k or under.

  5. Anonymous12:23 AM

    So essentially you operate on a FIFO basis. 'Fit in or **** off.'

  6. KPE, the IT Consulting Axis of Evil?? I thought that was somewhere down in Orlando :-)

    Good post Karl. I love the God Save the Queen comment

  7. Anonymous7:05 AM

    The 20-somethings, a.k.a. Echo Boomers or Millenials, have an unrealistic sense of entitlement. They expect high pay and demand unlimited access to My Space and text messaging while working. This is why I generally hire techs who are 30+.

    They have never lived through a recession when jobs are scarce and you have to take what you can get. A big wakeup call is coming for them.

    Also hiring techs for our industry is much different than hiring at system admins for other companies. We can't afford to pay techs $80K per year because we would have to charge customers $200/hr.

    I only interview candidates who have worked in our industry, not these lone system admins working for large companies who mastered their network and are bored surfing the web all day. They just want a cush job sitting around and collecting a paycheck. It's a waste of time to even read the resumes of these guys.

  8. Interesting Jake that you wont hire techys from the corporate sector. I spent 10+ years in that sector before setting up my own business and atm I wouldn't discount hiring someone from there.

    Saying that, we're still very yound and atm don't have the need for another tech. I do agree the 30 somethings are a better bet than the 20 somethings, but you'll have to pay more for the former.

    This is a pain we're yet to feel, but suffice to say I'm not looking forward to it...



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