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Re: What does 2 to 3 years java programming experience mean to you??
On Tue, 26 Nov 2002, Lee Chalupa wrote:
> Most of us have seen the problem of job specifications that make
> little sense. Some of my associates think the root cause is HR people
> and recruiters that don't understand the technology. I think there is
> more to it. What I am seeing makes me think that many programmers out
> there don't have good job specifications either. And that is a scary
One thing to note here that I've been pondering upon.
When we all start a job, the company makes sure we sign a Prior Inventions
Agreement that gives them our souls. This PIA [pain in the arse] has
lovely jewels like:
"We own all work you do and techniques you learn that are applicable to
The big thing here is that the PIA references your Job Description by
talking about things you do as a course of your job. This means that to
sign the document you are obliged to demand a job description.
For example, if they give you a job description that says:
"You code for us. End of story. Oh and anything else we ask. ", then
re-read your PIA and see just how much more encompassing it becomes. If
however they say:
"You create web-pages in the baby cot advertising industry" then the PIA
suddenly starts to sound almost sane.