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Ah, but mechanic ads do come in a number of flavours, not dissimilar to programming:

Mechanic adProgramming ad
must have certificate and 3 years experience repairing motorsmust have programming qualification and 3 years practical programming experience
must have 5 years experience repairing Mercedes and/or BMW motors must have 5 years experience with Perl and/or Python
must be licensed to repair jet aircraft engines and have 10 years experience with top-tier airlinemust have 10 years experience parallel programming cray supercomputers in Fortran

Sometimes you want someone with good general skills, sometimes you want specific skills. Anyone remember when seceratary jobs used to specify "WordPerfect skills" or "Microsoft Word skills" - doesn't get much more specific than that!

Note that I'm not saying this is or isn't the right way to recruit, just that it's not unique to our industry.

In reply to Re^2: "Tired of FUD" Followup: Where the Jobs Are by aufflick
in thread "Tired of FUD" Followup: Where the Jobs Are by renodino

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