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    ^He pronks, too! Magic Poriferan's Avatar
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    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?
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    Good job postings at least provide it as an itemized list with different categories of preference. That job posting as it stands is rather useless.

    It doesn't tick me off, it just makes me know I don't really want to be hired by them.

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    I..... stopped reading within 5 lines of that. Is that really how the paragraphed looked like.... because it is an eyesore.

    Really, to me it is just nonsense. Too many words and adjectives to fluff it up. Gives me a headache just having to read it.

    Just give me a bullet point of what I will be doing/expecting on the job, PLEASE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    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?
    I do think there's a certain charade about things like this, I dislike it too.

    What I dislike more and find is the case in practice is that for a lot of people its more than pretence that they are in the know when they are not. A lot of the people using it are not even "faking it until they make it", you know like the college or high school or street "game playing" in which someone pretends they know the norms, expectations and have smarts but is secretly observing and learning and hoping to pick up enough to get by.

    What I find, and hate the most, is that this is deployed by people who dont know and dont care, they are enlisting subordinates who "might" know, although the subordinates are expected to play along and pretend their superiors know, its like the emperors new clothes.

    Its part of a culture, only one of the most obvious hallmarks, in which superiors take the credit and subordinates take the blame. Its got a lot of the worst characteristics of feudalism and none of the benefits.

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    I got five words in and couldn't read any more. Sorry. Doesn't piss me off because I don't have the attention span to care.
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    Adjective overdrive...and poorly written as well.

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    MP, time's limited so let's do lunch to discuss this issue. Have your people call mine and they can synch our calendars, so we can get together over marts and sashimi. Oh and before I forget, bring your documents so we don't waste time hashing out the details. Ciao.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andante View Post
    MP, time's limited so let's do lunch to discuss this issue. Have your people call mine and they can synch our calendars, so we can get together over marts and sashimi. Oh and before I forget, bring your documents so we don't waste time hashing out the details. Ciao.
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    It nearly put me to sleep, but I wouldn't say it made me angry because that would require some sort of emotional investment... I just couldn't be bothered and steer clear of this sort of thing.

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    I'm a software developer and it made perfect sense to me. I don't see anything wrong with the description. It's a cool job. Are you going to apply for it?

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