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Programmer Canadian Government - Your opinion

There is a listing for the a position of application developer with the Federal government in Canada - among the requirements listed :

Experience in Micro-computers - does anyone use this term anymore?

Other skills : Word Processing (WordPerfect), SpreadSheet (Lotus 123, QuatroPro)

I have a feeling they haven't upgraded their job description since the early eighties.

Has anyone came across these types of job requirements?

Johen Krupp
Thursday, August 7, 2003

i've seen those requirements for burger king

mike johnson
Thursday, August 7, 2003

So you should be more than qualified for it ... why not grab it and do a consulting business on the side? :) There are tons of guys who do that in Ottawa.

Thursday, August 7, 2003

what's the link?

Thursday, August 7, 2003

Agreed, it sounds very strange.  Pls give up the link.

John Aitken
Friday, August 8, 2003

Let me restate, it sounds damned unlikely.  Show proof.

John Aitken
Friday, August 8, 2003

I worked with an agency in the government of Canada as an intern.  The government cannot just pick the software they want; they have to put out for software of that type and award a contract to the lowest bidder. 

If they don't like the lowest bidder, they have to prove quite rigorously that one product is superior.  Many companies will fight for the contract in court if necessary.  So it is common that they support two products that both perform the same service.

Friday, August 8, 2003

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