These words are taken from a job description for one who might be interested in applying. I ask you to take your time reading them.
The Center is a formative activity focused on matching
state-of-the-art software research with critical U.S. Government (USG)
needs. This position will support the mission by developing, applying,
demonstrating, evaluating, and transitioning software capabilities
that operationalize research concepts of significant value to the USG.
Software developers in the work on leading edge technologies and apply
them to important and challenging problems. It is a dynamic and
flexible development environment with constant opportunities to
develop new skills, to learn new programming methods and techniques,
to work on emerging architectures and systems, and to make a
difference. Duties include: Develop and code software solutions that
provide needed capabilities to the USG building on state-of-the-art
research in analytics, data architectures, software assurance,
security, and human information interaction; conduct rapid software
prototyping to demonstrate and evaluate technologies in relevant
environments; conduct performance, security, and other aspects of
evaluating software systems; test software capabilities using novel
testing and analysis techniques; document software with an emphasis on
architectures, user stories, and interface definitions; practice agile
software development methods and actively participate on teams of
software developers, researchers, designers, and technical leads;
support software development infrastructure and assist in building and
configuring computing systems and resources; interface with the
research community and the USG to understand challenges, needs, and
possible solutions; contribute to improving the overall technical
capabilities by mentoring and teaching others, participating in design
(software and otherwise) sessions, and sharing insights and wisdom
across the team. This company requires that you apply directly to
their web site to be considered for this job. To get to their web
address, click the “Start Application” and “Apply” buttons and then
click the URL link on the final screen to connect to the company’s web
site. Complete your application as directed by their online process,
being sure to identify PA CareerLink as your referral source.
I am of the belief that neither the person that wrote that nor anyone it was written to satisfy actually knows what most of it means. It is like some kind of ritualistic writing. The words have no meaning, they just have to be there and look professional.
This kind of bullshit honestly makes me angry. It raises my blood pressure a little bit. It seems culturally unhealthy that this sort of masquerade is expected, perhaps even required in professional circles. Don't people care that they aren't being told anything that might be of practical use? Conversely, don't people care that they are required to write something that has no meaning or utility?
What do you think? Is anyone else pained by this or is it just a pet peeve of mine?