Monday, May 5, 2008

Mid career = 2 years?

A job posting crossed my desk last week from my professional organization. It was with a government organization I'm interested in working with (not necessarily a job, maybe consulting), so it peaked my interest. Right away I realized it wasn't for me, because the salary offered was at least 30% below anything I'd consider. But the part that has me bugged this morning is this:

You are an experienced mid-career ... professional who thrives in a fast-paced environment....You hold a post-secondary degree or diploma in communications, public relations or journalism and have two years as a Junior Public Affairs Officer or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Since when is two years experience mid-career? And since when do "mid-career" jobs pay just above entry level salaries?

Who writes these things?!


dkzody said...

Maybe they are looking for someone who had one career and then became a Junior Public Affairs Officer who now wants to move up. As for salary, who knows what some people are thinking when they offer a measly amount of money to do a tremendous amount of work. Definitely not a job you would want.

Anonymous said...

I'm a middle-aged white male who lives on a couch. I have an online MBA and am a computer engineer. A nice Indian does my job today at 20 cents on the dollar.

I try to live on nothing but God and water and a little food. I bike to save gas. It's a sad state of affairs for us middle aged white males who weren't the stars of our organizations and then got let go.

I wish I had been a star instead of just an average hard working veteran taking whatever cost of living increase they offered.

I wish the American corporations hadn't gone multinational and sold me out for thirty pieces of silver.

I wish people wouldn't kick me when I'm down calling me names online and telling me if I had been in the top 5% that wouldn't have happened so therefore it's my own fault.

I wish the country would get back on track again and I could have a good job opportunity.

I wish.