Ridiculous job requirements

A very amusing (and possibly frustrating) experience for a Node.js developer is browsing through node.js job posts and having a look at the job requirements with a mixture of amazement and disbelief. Node is very young and as such, some recruiters, or worse, companies get a bit confused on its history. Like the one above.

If we do just a little math we can determine that, given that Node.js was created in 2009, it’s literally impossible to have 9 years experience. Well, only if you manage to travel to the future, get a few more years of Node experience and the come back and apply for this job. But that might be a bit difficult.

Another option, as one reddit user puts it after a company asks for 10 years of Node experience is to code on two machines simultaneously, for double the experience.

Job requirements tend to become more and more ridiculous. Sometimes it seems like the recruiter or the employer doesn’t actually know what they want, or if they do, it’s not something very likely. Like job posts with the headline “Node.js developer” that carry on with ”Must also be proficient in: Java, PHP and Perl.”

There are plenty of Node.js positions available, if you do a quick search on any job site, you’ll find quite a few, but most of them are not just Node positions. There’s a dangerous trend going on, that comes either from ignorance or from a simple desire to have, not just full stack developers, but full everything developers. Programmers that know more than 5 languages, do front end and back end and are familiar with the latest frameworks. Every employer want to hire someone that is good in that respective field, but some want the sun and the moon at minimum wage as well.

That’s how you get a Junior Developer position with the following requirements;

  • has 4+ years experience

  • experienced in 5+ backend web languages/frameworks (eg PHP)

  • experience with UI/UX design and development (HTML/CSS/JS)

Responsibilities are really heavy in both frontend and backend development, including security, requirements analysis, some sysad stuff, etc

Some job postings are just funny, made by people that either don’t understand how programmers work (non technical people) or just want a stuffie job posting to look “serious”. Like whet a Reddit user got confused about a job posted that required expert knowledge in Ewok. After applying (and mentioning that he was an expert in that language) and getting hired he never heard anything about the Ewok language that he was supposed to know, and no surprise, he didn’t bring it up either.

What mind shattering job posts have you run into lately?