Two days ago, I received an inquiry from a Fortune 500 company looking for a contractor to perform system administration work. I read the email and sat befuddled trying to figure out what this employer wanted an applicant to do. This solicitation read “LINUX Admin Wanted”. Perhaps you can figure it out. Here’s the job requirements.
Looking for UNIX candidates only. Skills: Sun and/or HP expierence; Solaris 10 experience; Clustering experience, Veritas or Sun Cluster; Domain experience, preferably on a larger sun system; Back up experience - HP/Solaris; EMC a plus; LVM Tools.
Here’s the job description:
Responsible for installing, configuring, and maintaining operating system workstations and servers, including web servers, in support of business processing requirements. Performs software installations and upgrades to operating systems and layered software packages. Schedules installations and upgrades and maintains them in accordance with established IT policies and procedures. Monitors and tunes the system to achieve optimum performance levels. Ensures workstation/server data integrity by evaluating, implementing, and managing appropriate software and hardware solutions. Ensures data/media recoverability by implementing a schedule of system backups and database archive operations. Supports media management through internal methods and procedures or through offsite storage and retrieval services. Develops and promotes standard operating procedures. Conducts routine hardware and software audits of servers to ensure compliance with established standards, policies, and configurations as defined by Customer.
Now, I must lack something because I couldn’t do this job. In fact, I cannot even guess how many people the employer would need to do this job. My guess: many people.
Aside from the the items above, the letter also had this information request:
Please complete the details below to enable us to submit your resume:
1 Primary Contact Number:
2 Secondary Contact Number:
3 Citizenship (If non-US, please indicate work status):
4 Please confirm if 12 months contract (extendable) duration is acceptable:
5 Please confirm if 44.1/hr (W2 hourly and all-inclusive rate) pay rate is acceptable:
6 Availability to interview (pls. indicate 2 days with 2 time slots each day):
7 Please confirm if you are willing to work at the following address: 2501 S. State Street, Lewisville, TX 75056 OR 100 Witmer Rd., Horsham, PA 19044-2319
Click here to get directions to the above location. This position does NOT offer TELECOMMUTING.
8 Earliest possible start date:
Anyone who wants this job can have it. In fact, if you want it, you can fill out another lengthy database form that will take you somewhere around two hours. I won’t fill out those ridiculous forms where recruiters accumulate data and spit out forms to send potential human resource customers.
Here’s some advice from someone who lives and breathes this business. Figure out in a sentence what you want a candidate to do and ask that. Stop sending out form letters and make a call. You stand a better chance of finding the person you want.
Also, stop putting in the key word “Linux” when the only thing you have listed says Linux experience a plus when you really want a Microsoft MCSE. When I get letters from recruiters like that, I also see some phrase like “if you know someone with these credentials, please refer them to us.”
I wouldn’t do that and I don’t know anyone else that would. The top IT people in the world - and they’re not in India - have suffered over the past four years from the incompetence of employers in the IT field. Don’t expect those people to re-enter indentured servitude again.