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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Job-hunting is Funny

A Facebook friend of mine had a job listing sent to her detailing a position for a test pilot in the Midwest. Not only is she not looking for a job, she chooses not to fly even as a passenger. And she lives on the East Coast.

No, I cannot commute from the Seattle area to Richland WA for a three-month contract job at half my current pay. Not only am I looking for longer term work than a single quarter, Richland is about a four-hour drive from my place, over hill, over dale, and over a mountain pass. In good traffic.

Who do they think they're kidding when they describe the prospective employer as "a major aerospace company in Everett WA"? Do they really think that prospective employees - especially locals - don't know about whom they speak?

Same goes for "A Redmond-based software giant". Let's call a spade a spade, shall we?

These are the silver linings involved in job-hunting online - the funny little quirks in the listings. It's similar to renting a new apartment or buying a house really - you have to know the code.

Needs love =  Needs work
Quaint = Outdated
Nearby Richland = Across a Major Mountain Range

Like that.