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Hadoop Jobs: How To Outsmart Unicorn Hunters
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Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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7/2/2014 | 9:14:59 AM
Balance and triage
I do agree with the points here. To hunt for hadoop  job, you do not need to be a top talent in this planet. You don't need to be a mathematician except you are doing pure research work in the tough area such as algorithm. Instead you should possess the necessary skillset and have balance among different skills - both technical and soft skill. Most of the employers will have pragmatic choice and balance pros/cons of the candidate. The same holds true not only for Hadoop jobs but for other positions as wel.
Laurianne
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7/3/2014 | 12:35:47 PM
Re: Balance and triage
Good point, "soft" skills like communication skills are important to demonstrate. You can analyze the data but can you explain it?
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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7/2/2014 | 10:45:47 AM
Hadoop experience
Job postings seeking five years of Hadoop management experience seem a little unrealistic. Many people who are passionate about big data have only been doing it for two or three years. What I heard from big data leaders at a recent conference was don't let the job descriptions scare you: Work your way into the interview and demonstrate related IT skills and curiosity.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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7/5/2014 | 4:33:59 PM
Re: Hadoop experience
I was thinking the exact same thing about the amount of experience. It is interesting that HR would put that amount of experience in a job posting. Where do they expect someone to get that much experience. You would have had to be pretty early in the game, which is a tiny number of people. 

That being said, I think having any sort of big data experience over the next few years is going to be relevant enough for these types of job postings. 
Jamescon
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Jamescon,
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7/7/2014 | 12:25:20 PM
Re: Hadoop experience
@Danielcawrey. Right, HR loves to assign "years" of experience to a job post. In a case like big data or Hadoop where the years requirement exceeds the time that the tech/buzzword has been in existance, you end up with one of two things happening. Applicants have to apply new buzzwords to old, less glamorous experiences (that seems fair). Or, they outright lie (not the desired result). 
Joe Stanganelli
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7/10/2014 | 7:11:33 AM
Re: Hadoop experience
@James: In other cases, HR outright pressures hiring managers to hammer down a "years" requirement -- even where the hiring manager thinks it's not particularly important.

Result: Of the hundreds of resumes received, 99% are filtered out (thanks to HR's keyword-narrowing software so they don't have to, you know, do their jobs and actually look at a resume), then a few are read, an even fewer are sent to the hiring manager -- but the hiring manager at that point has already decided to hire a clever networker who knows someone who knows him.
Jamescon
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Jamescon,
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7/10/2014 | 7:29:13 AM
Re: Hadoop experience
@Joe Stanganelli. That sounds about right in terms of how people get/don't get hired.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/13/2014 | 8:21:16 AM
Re: Hadoop experience
Indeed, James.  Why are we still paying HR staffers???  It seems that the profession has outlived its usefulness ever since they stopped adding value and started relying on dumb "smart" software.

(And as for the compliance stuff -- all things that could easily (and much more effectively, in my experience) be taken care of by in-house counsel.)
Jamescon
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Jamescon,
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7/14/2014 | 8:11:26 AM
Re: Hadoop experience
@Joe. While I agree that overreliance on software has changed HR's performance for the worse, I would stop short of saying the departments have outlived their usefulness. I'd suggest that they and senior management re-evaluate HR's role in an individual company, define what needs to be done in a centralized role and the best way to achieve those goals.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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7/6/2014 | 8:06:40 AM
Re: Hadoop experience
@Laurianne: Reminds me of this Tweet that came out during Apple WWDC when Apple's new programming language, Swift, was announced: https://twitter.com/iamdevloper/status/473537201125736448
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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7/7/2014 | 11:31:59 AM
Re: Hadoop experience
@Joe, well-played, that tweet is a perfect fit here. I think both recruiters and job hunters realize how crazy our "wants" in the IT job descriptions have become.
Jamescon
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Jamescon,
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7/7/2014 | 12:20:13 PM
Re: Hadoop experience
That would meet the HR department's need for a skills/experience checklist. They probably would accept that without question.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/6/2014 | 8:03:59 AM
About to break its neck???
I almost wish that picture hadn't been chosen with that headline... It really makes the girl in the painting look menacing now.


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