Jeff Foxworthy jefffoxworthy.com

The Issue is Not a Talent Shortage

  • If your job requirements state that a candidate needs to have more years of experience in a given technology than the technology has actually existed, the issue is not a talent shortage.
  • If your hiring managers can’t be bothered to articulate the real and necessary skills required for the position, and just throw a bunch of buzzwords and certification abbreviations at the HR department, the issue is not a talent shortage.
  • If you’re self-taught but are unwilling to demonstrate your skills (whiteboard, simulation, or whatever means the employer chooses)…
  • If you’re an executive who says “I gotta get me some of that!” with regards to security, but don’t take the time to understand what your goals are, what you really need, how to staff for it, and don’t want to pay market rates…
  • If you’re a general counsel, who paid for and earned a credential, and can’t understand that security is not the law and are unwilling to come up with a regime that recognizes and compensates for this…
  • If you have <one type of genitals> and you only talk to people with <the same type of genitals>, the issue is not a talent shortage.
  • If you hate on certifications, but can’t understand why employers are not interested in what wizardry you can conjure up in your home lab or why your references are three people who will only give their handles as ID…
  • If you went to Carnegie Mellon/Stanford/MIT, and you only recruit at Carnegie Mellon, etc., and can’t figure out why the talent pool is so small, the issue is not a talent shortage.

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CxO at Senrio, Kyrus Tech, Carbon Black, Syndis. Former soldier and intelligence officer.

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Michael Tanji

Michael Tanji

CxO at Senrio, Kyrus Tech, Carbon Black, Syndis. Former soldier and intelligence officer.

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