Zawodny Wants Delicious Yahoos

    March 17, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

Yahoo blogger Jeremy Zawodny has put out the call on Yahoo’s Search Blog for talented people to fill openings for three types of job roles supporting Delicious and other Yahoo social media services; as with most things though, all is not as it seems.

The growth of social media online has generated a need for more people to support its expansion. Yahoo has contributed to that growth with its fairly recent acquisitions of websites like Delicious. They have also developed and released new services like My Web and Answers to better enable their users to participate in creating and sharing content.

Now, Zawodny has invited people to participate in another type of social media: referring qualified candidates to Yahoo for positions that support these new products:

Following that theme, we’re hoping to use people (you) to find other people (more Yahoos). Specifically, we’re looking for people in the following three roles:
•  Web Development (aka, front-end engineering): PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, AJAX
•  Operations Management: monitoring, outages, reporting, hardware upgrades
•  Engineering Management: specifically with experience in Web Services, APIs, Databases, and Open Source

Zawodny followed that with a call for rsums to his email address. It is encouraging to see Yahoo bringing more staff on board; adding more tech jobs is a good thing to do.

However, we are likely to hear from readers who will point out one thing immediately about all of these positions – they do not appear to be true engineering or programming jobs, which means the pay scale will be lower than those fields. They do not require, or even create the perception, an advanced degree in computer science is needed.

Referring to web development as “front-end engineering” is very generous. While web development involves coding, PHP and AJAX aren’t exactly the same as C++ or Java.

The other two positions specifically say “management.” A job description noted how the candidate will “lead the team supporting the current state-of-the-art front-end ops system.” Very minimal programming here.

Give Yahoo credit for recognizing the reach and influence their most recognized corporate blogger possesses. It’s too bad the jobs being created don’t match the hype.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.