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  •  Not new, but getting worse (10+ / 0-)

    I saw a fair number of "purple squirrel" job postings when I was hunting for work in 2005, so it's certainly not new.  But it does seem to be getting worse and worse.

    The classic job posting from when I was looking was for a telecom engineer -- the posting listed at least 30 very particular and specialized engineering skills.  And the kicker was that the position was described as being a "junior engineer".  Um, yeah, I can't imagine anyone having acquired that list of skills without well over a decade of solid experience.  And they probably weren't willing to consider anyone who wasn't currently employed -- that was a barrier that I ran into many times in 2005.  And one that seems to also be getting steadily worse and worse.

    Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

    by TexasTom on Tue May 07, 2013 at 10:59:02 AM PDT

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