[rescue] FrameMaker FYI

Joost van de Griek jvdg at sparcpark.net
Fri Mar 26 03:54:50 CST 2004

Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:

> The hiring people are foxued on buzzwords, not raw skill.
> They also have this brainwashed idea that an IT person can
> only do one job.

Ain't that the truth...

I started out about eight years ago, doing development on IBM mainframes. Then, I did a 1.5-year stint on Tandem, only to find that afterward no-one would hire me to do IBM mainframe work anymore. After all, I was now a "Tandem-specialist". Never mind the 3 years of experience on IBM mainframes.

The past year, I have done mainly Java (web) development. Now I'm going back to Tandem work. Guess what the first question was in the interview last week...

"Think you can still work on a Tandem? It's been so long..."


At least I could now counter that with, "why, I have a Tandem at home!" ever mind that it's just a rebadged SGI Indy. It's not as if Mr. I-Control-The-Hiring-Budget-Now-Grovel-In-The-Dirt-Before-Me knows the difference, anyway.

> Getting past HR to a hiring manager, especially a technical
> manager, is a black art.

Hear, hear.


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