Job title: "Senior Unix and NT System Administrator". That seems pretty clear, right? We posted it to Monster, along with some pretty clear descriptive text about strong Unix and NT skills being a requirement. I need somebody who knows Unix and NT... no ambiguity there, right?
I got lots of resumes-- no surprise there, since the job market is a vast wasteland right now. I'm not really surprised that I got over 200 resumes. What I am surprised about is how utterly wrong for the job most of the hopefuls were. In no particular order:
- A former VP of operations
- Two recent grads with no experience at all
- People who had 1-2 years of basic NT desktop support, and no Unix background at all
- Web developers
- Java programmers
- Somebody with 20 years of mainframe experience, and no Unix or NT listed
- Someone whose resume was entirely in French, and who was looking for a company with over 1000 employees
- Several people with two years of tech support and no other industry experience
Jayzus F. Keerist. I know people are desperate, but why waste time on a job you're totally unqualified for? I have 200 resumes in front of me-- I'm not going to suddenly pick some schmoe from Texas who has never had a root password in his life and put him in charge of millions of dollars of equipment. What are these people thinking?
Of the 90+ resumes I read today, five got flagged for a second look-- and that only because I was pretty liberal at first.