CBC Goes for the Kitchen Sink

i was filled with regret when i let this job posting for a CBC Flash developer pass by without comment. Now it looks like they’ve reposted it, after failing to find their developer a few weeks ago.

Why, pray tell, would CBC not be able to fill this position? Let’s take a closer look at the posting. All they’re asking for is:

  • a computer science/engineering grad with
  • four years experience who knows
  • Actionscript 2, Actionscript 3 and OOP and is proficient in
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • JSON
  • XML
  • Web Design
  • CSS
  • WC3 DOM
  • Photoshop, who also has
  • design ability and experience, and experience with
  • Windows
  • Unix
  • Apache
  • Tomcat
  • CVS, as well as content management systems like
  • Teamsite
  • Mediabin
  • Metatagger
  • Livesite, and a few
  • site documentation skills

If i was this person, i wouldn’t bother slogging through the doldrums of a 9 to 5 at the ‘Ceeb. i’d be melting supervillains with my heat-ray vision. The worldwide dearth of capable Flash developers puts places like the CBC (and Untold Entertainment, for that matter) into more of a “begging” than “choosing” position.

6 thoughts on “CBC Goes for the Kitchen Sink

  1. KNau

    That’s hilarious! I’ve been calling BS on a lot of job postings lately, especially in the animation industry where they’re demanding 2 years fine arts training in addition to technical knowledge. I’ve seen Chilly Beach and it doesn’t take 2 years of college to learn to animate like that!

    Flash development and web design is one of the few places where it’s still acceptable to shotgun a long list of requirement that the applicant will never utilize. Good luck filling the post, CBC. Maybe they can commiserate with Webkinz about how hard it is to find qualified people.

  2. Ryan

    Yeah – good call on Webkinz. They’ve had Flash dev postings on Monster.ca EVERY DAY for the past two years, at least. That’s no exaggeration. Every day.

    At first, i wondered if Webkinz was some kind of mill. A few former Ganz employees have said as much. But at TOJam2, i met a few curent and former employees who weren’t too hard on the place; they just said that Webkinz is expanding and needs lots of people. Fair enough.

    It’s also really tough to get people from the Toronto core all the way up to Woodbridge. A few of my colleagues are working up there at Earth Rangers. It will be interesting to see how they manage to lure people, as they’re directly competing with Ganz/Webkinz for talent in a remote, suburban area.

    i’ve had a Webkinz code sitting here on my desk since GDC 07, given to me by one of their higher-ups. A future post will see me taking the big leap into the world for the first time and reporting what i find there. If i tug on the cable three times, please pull me out as fast as you can.

  3. Ryan

    It’s just one thing on the list, but it represents four years of your life and several thousand dollars.


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