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More on Hiring Geeks

Well, my ad went up 3 weeks ago (or so) and I've received a somewhat tepid response. I'm not sure if it's my tepid prose or something else, but response this time was about 53 résumés received, of which 16 went immediately into the “clown” folder for not following directions.

Some of the people obviously missed the

Unix sysadmin for 15-20 hours a week in-office

part, because I got letters that said
I have a full time position, but am looking for extra work.
or
I currently working full time and I am seeking a part time opportunity.

which, of course, is inconsistent with my request:
You must be able to think on your feet, and you must be able to read and follow directions.
(Extra emphasis added).

Now, of course, I don't have that much of a problem with people who aren't qualified (yet) but I don't like people who simply don't read the advertisement well.

I'm still looking, in case anyone cares.

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