Web Software Architecture and Engineering – Life on the Bleeding Edge

I don’t know about you guys, but I get hit up every day for a CF position from recruiters. How they get my info, God knows. (I also get emails and calls for every other technology in the web space as well. But that’s another post.)
There has been a lot of discussion around getting CF into Education, so that graduates getting out into the work place know ColdFusion. What isn’t talked about, is training HR personnel to properly hire for a CF position. I mean, we’ve moved way beyond ‘web coding’ to frameworks, ORMs, RIAs, etc. So why do we still see stupid posts like the one below on Dice? Don’t recruiters know that if you want an smart ColdFusion Expert, then your post should also be just as smart.
Consider the one below from:

Title: Sr. ColdFusion Developer / Architect


Date: 6-9-2008
Location: Washington, DC
Area code: 202
Pay rate: $45-$50/hr
Length: 6+
Position ID: 312215
Dice ID: NM13760
Job description:
Large government agency has a requirement for a senior level ColdFusion
developer / architect to evaluate / modify / enhance their management
information system which consist of 30 plus applications and 5 million
lines of code. Candidate must have experience working with large
applications written in ColdFusion. Candidate must also have excellent
oral and written communication skills. Candidate may live anywhere in
the US.
Travel required: none
Telecommute: yes
Jon Bostick
Implementation Technologies Consulting
11 Brookline Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Phone: (678) 429-1066


I mean, look at the desciption. They are looking for a developer/architect, but there is no information on the size of the team, what the “agency” has to offer, etc. Its, “we have tons of code, and need someone smart enough to sort through it”. Sorry, but that is not my cup of tea.
If this was an intelligent application, written in a reasonable framework, then the job description would reflect that. But what this one says is that “we’re disorganized, and need someone fast!.”
Because I have a background in Human Resources, this sort of stuff really bugs me, because it doesn’t represent any of the best practices in HR. Would they hire a Sales Exec with a similar pitch? So why do CF developers get the quick and dirty treatment. Talk about respect! And the problem is probably on our end as well, we need to continually educate these “recruiters” and barrage them with questions. I have tons of nightmare stories to share…


Comments on: "Lousy ColdFusion Job Postings" (5)

  1. And only 45-50/hour? Wow…

  2. Hehe well at least they’re honest about the mess on their hands 🙂

    I’ve many times witnessed the stymied approach non-technical managers take to hiring technical people – or just people with skill sets they are unfamiliar with. It’s a difficult position to be in – imagine if you were trying to hire say, a doctor? (assuming you have no medical background!).

    But this is a good lesson for hiring managers – take a look around at what other industry leaders are advertising for, and get a hint from their requirements. Or hire an expert friend (someone you trust) in the field to consult on a technical interview.

    And it’s also a good lesson for interviewees – if they can’t write a decent job ad for your position, how well do you think they will understand your value in the organization?

  3. Size of the team? What the agency has to offer? This is a “sit in the corner and type” opportunity. If the money was better, and I was an independent consultant (I’m not) I’d be all over this! 6 months, 5 million lines of code? Not a chance, this is a gravy train, my friend!



  4. The number of these types of posts are increasing. I think I’ll work on a post breaking them down, and showing do’s and don’ts for CF job postings…

  5. 5 million lines of code! Holy crap – you’d need a serious team to support that. Though with that particular posting it’s from/for the Gov’t, so my expectations are always low. 🙂

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