Job postings, especially those in the IT field, often have a pretty broad set of “requirements” that actually aren’t requirements, but a laundry list of every skill, software, and programming language that the hiring company could think of that they use currently, have used in the past, or may possibly use in the future. About one out of every hundred thousand candidates out there may have, say, 75% of the listed requirements. They also can demand a ridiculous salary which the hiring company is generally not equipped to pay.
I found one of these recently by none other than our own United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. Check this out.
Primary Function: Support network hardware and end-user hardware including servers, backup devices, desktops, laptops, printers and PDAs. Support server and user applications. Support HVAC, building security, and hold music hardware and software. Also support corporate SQL & Access databases with particular emphasis on learning the existing client interface and assisting in developing custom front-end interfaces and web-based reports in web-browsers, Microsoft Access and Crystal Reports.
Ok… so they want someone who can do PC and network hardware, server and client apps, physical plant apps, telecomm, databases, web design, and user interface design. That pretty much covers every aspect of IT. But wait… there’s more!
Duties & Responsibilities:
1. *Installs or assists with installation of hardware including servers, PCâ€™s, printers, scanners, PDAs, etc.
2. *Installs or assists with installation of server and desktop operating systems, utilities and applications.
3. *Diagnoses system (includes all servers, PCs, printers, scanners, PDAs) hardware, software and user problems. Recommends or performs minor actions to correct problems based on knowledge of system operation. Notifies supervisor of errors or equipment failure. Calls appropriate vendor for service when problem cannot be resolved internally. Maintains record of problems and actions taken.
4. *Assists with Microsoft Active Directory design, implementation and security. Assists in Nortel VPN security/Stateful Firewall security. Assist in Router, Switch, Hub, and Server configuration. Assists in backup and recovery procedures. Assists in user creation and deletion on all systems.
5. *Learns, uses and maintains our enterprise database application including itâ€™s built-in web utilities and maintenance and management tools.
6. *Expands functionality of enterprise databases by designing, developing, testing client interfaces as defined by IT and constituent users in collaborative environment.
7. *Manages and enhances custom-built corporate performance review Access database.
8. *Supports physical plant technologies including, but not limited to HVAC software, Building Security Camera Network software, Phone System Hold Music software.
9. *Establishes and maintains relationships with existing vendors with whom we have service agreements with.*Attends technical conferences and seminars and reads relevant publications to keep abreast of new software and hardware product development. Keeps abreast of changes in user and system software and hardware requirements.
10. *IT Team â€“ Supports the internal IT team, as a contributing member, with knowledge and updates of all job-related material.
11. *Assists in implementation of overall IT policies, procedures, standards. Recommends changes and improvements.
12. *Maintains established departmental policies, procedures and objectives.
13. *Attends organizational, departmental and committee meetings as directed.
14. *Participates in building wide activities such as Day of Caring, etc.
15. Attends training as needed.
16. Performs general office duties such as typing, filing, data entry, opening mail, etc.
17. Job related travel to designated meetings and events throughout the community.
18. Performs other duties as requested.
You need to be the installer, troubleshooter, vendor interface, AD specialist, network/firewall guru, and security specialist… when you’re not in meetings, conferences, implementing policies, in training, filing, opening mail, traveling, or (of course) participating in the Day of Caring. Sounds like quite the workout.
But wait… there’s more…
I wonder how many candidates have the 28 “essential qualifications” listed above, yet fail on the “ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide”. Moreso, I wonder why they didn’t just list Microsoft Calculator as qualification 29.
What would you pay a person with this incredible depth of knowledge? Literally, the one man IT department?
Salary Information: $35,000 – $45,000 Annually. Excellent Benefits
I bet they’re beating down the door for that job.