There’s a new trend. It’s started in the past year or two. Headhunters have a new category called “Open Source Programmer”.
I always thought that an “Open Source Programmer” is a programmer who contributes to open source projects.
According to headhunter logic, an “Open Source Programmer” is a programmer who works in open source languages, such as PHP, Perl, Python, Rails (yuck), or node.js (yuck).
Here’s the bizarre part. Every headhunter has started using this category at almost the exact same time. They’re all copying each other.
“Open Source Programmer” probably contrasts with “.NET programmer”.
Headhunters say “The client demands 5 years .NET experience. FSK, you have only 1 year of .NET experience. I can’t justify my big fee, if I submit your resume.” Headhunters and clueless managers think that “# years in X language” is the proper way to screen resumes. That enables clueless twits to make hiring decisions.
Headhunters and recruiters have promoted the idea “# years in X language” matters, because that’s the only thing they know how to do. They’re justifying their own fees. If you had to actually evaluate someone’s intelligence and ability, then it would be obvious that a nontechnical headhunter is useless.
Another headhunter said “FSK, you should have a LinkedIn profile.” Unfortunately, I could tell he was evil, which was an indication that LinkedIn is probably useless and hype-over-substance.
That is amusing. Starting at nearly the same time, every headhunter now has a category called “Open Source Programmer”.