Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Job Search

I happened to check the internal job postings last night while I couldn't sleep and found a Web Developer position at our office downtown. Working downtown would be cool. Being able to walk to places for lunch, just taking a stroll down by the river or perhaps fishing with Rob. Not too mention its a shorter commute. Oh sure its the same company, but when you're company has 90,000 employees, getting a job in another side of town in a different department is pretty much like getting a whole new job anyway, except you don't have to fill out all of the insurance enrollment forms or go to orientation.

Usually, all of the jobs available internally that I would want to do are in Charlotte, corporate headquarters for the bank side of our company. These are all eCommerce and other web related positions. Everything IT in Richmond is usually system administrators, help desk (been there almost killed myself), and other assorted project managers and "analysts". So, when this posting appeared I was surprised to say the least.

It has a weird requirement though, one that I can honestly say I have never seen for a web developer position: Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.

Are you kidding me? I can guarantee you that if I had a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering web developer of human resources web sites would NOT be my first job choice. Or my second. Or third...

Here are the other requirements: ASP.NET, SQL, HTML, and JavaScript.

Oh well, damn, I can write JavaScript while hepped up on goofballs and sometimes when I talk SQL comes out of my mouth instead of English, like my grandmother speaks Franglish. ASP.NET. Jeez. Duh. HTML? My daughter is learning that in kindergarten.

Ah, but that elusive Master's Degree. I guess I will continue to slave away in Double A.

I can only assume it was a typo. Some intern copied and pasted from another job posting, right?

10 comments:

EssBee said...

I think you should apply anyway. What's there to lose? ANd maybe they'll consider you for something else because they know you're interested and can speak their kooky languages.

skape7 said...

Precisely what I was going to say.

dbageek said...

dude, where do you live anyway? probably ought to reply via email :)

dbageek said...

um, never mind ... should have checked your profile first!

so, move to charlotte! lots of jobs there! we have openings for .net devs! :)

gagknee said...

i know. i look longingly at all the jobs i find in charlotte...

i just bought a house and don't want to uproot the kids...again.

David said...

I gave up on degree requirements around 1999, after realizing that education level seemed to have no relation to the skills and productivity of my group. And after interviewing a guy with a MSCS who told V and I about how he "built web-based firewall computers in VB" to protect banks from hackers. Huh?

Here's my guess... someone copy&pasted into a previous job description and forgot to change the degree requirements. Unless they think you're going to build a custom web-based job posting rack mountable pizza box appliance out of old mainframe parts, I can't see where an MSEE comes in to web development. Just apply and get the hell outta there.

Rob said...

We could car pool.

Heidi said...

dude- you should totally go for it.
you have nothing to lose.

Anonymous said...

You have the advantage of already working for the Co. If the degree is a real requirement, they may overlook that for work history and and other qualities that are more important that a degree.

gagknee said...

hahahahahaha.

"built web-based firewall computers in VB"

and I laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh...

that's funny.