The Need for Standardizing SharePoint Job Descriptions
Any competent SharePoint professional has been forwarded emails from their online job search and LinkedIn profiles with job descriptions for openings that border on impossible to illogical.
Questions for Consideration:
Do SharePoint Developers with 15 years of SharePoint development experience exist?
Do SharePoint Administrators with MCSE certs and CSS, XML, and .Net development exist?
Should Project Managers with SharePoint 2010 certifications be a requirement?
Supply and Demand Dilemma
The overwhelming demand for SharePoint talent has lead to attempts to staff professionals by any means. SharePoint Job Descriptions are the victim of round-robin copy/pasting from the Internet, from other Recruiters, and unverified sources.
Who is responsible for writing the descriptions that we come across in our respective job search?
Who is responsible for Quality Assurance within each workcenter?
Does One Description Fit All?
I am an advocate of establishing Skillset baseline expectations for each SharePoint role within an enterprise. These roles will change based on requirements but I believe that a standard definition for the skillsets that every Admin, Dev, PM should possess would go a long way to helping to standardize SharePoint positions as we know them today.
1.) Technical leads should have a final look at all outgoing SharePoint career descriptions that the workcenter is responsible for staffing. This will aid in the Technical phone screen and interview process
2.) Recruiters should connect with their local User group to begin to learn the fundamental differences between the key SharePoint roles in our industry
3.) Establish a skillset baseline to standardize skills for each key discipline to build a consistent definition which creates a common language and expectation ranging from management to technical to staffing islands of information.
What Do You Think?
What are your SharePoint Job Description horror stories?
What suggestions will you offer to improve this area of the SharePoint industry?
What can Recruiters do better?
I’d love to read your opinion on a topic that impacts us all. Use the comments sections or Tweet me with the hashtag #spjobs
Written by: Shadeed Eleazer
Photo Credit: Randy Kinnick .com
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