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How do bad employees get hired? This is a question I've often asked myself at terrible "jobs" I've had to work at. Where do they come from? How do they get the job? This post is designed to give current employees who have to deal with these nobodies currently giving them pain some closure. You're probably on your way out, or at least trying, and the first part of leaving a job is doing so mentally. It's important to know and identify how they managed to get the job, so you can sleep better at night.
This is an easy one. My ex-boss at a previous smelly job had a "bachelor's degree" in IT but somehow didn't know the difference between a public and private IP... I sometimes think he didn't really know what an IP address was. There's no way around this, the bachelor's degree was a lie. This is easy to do if you are trying to pull this off at a publicly funded organisation, since they're sticklers (losers) for having the right "certifications", without having the means to know what those actually are, and have no check mechanism. Once you're in, you've got it good because failure is the norm for the public sector. This idiot in particular completely wasted over $8,000 on the wrong software we were looking at from a company, he completely bought the wrong product. Eight grand wasted at any private business = instant termination, but in the thumb sucking, diaper wearing public sector, you're safe. The inevitable catch 22 about how this works is that they don't have the means to check because you are their entire IT or whatever department, so you can easily lie.
Want to know the quickest way to ruin any technology or IT job for everyone in the room simultaneously? And while we're at it, any job for that matter. Bring up age! Age is the only form of discrimination still widely acceptable, sometimes you may have to be subtle about it but most of the time you can still be completely outright with it.
Ageism as a whole started to really take off in the 1950s when medical advances got too good and the age gap got too large, so you could have examples of 20 year olds "working" with 80 year olds... just kidding of course, no 80 year old is ever going to allow any 20 year old to do any work. Let's go ahead and cut the crap and be honest for a moment - ageism is always directed from older to younger, there are virtually no exceptions of this. I wonder if ageism existed in ancient times when the maximum age for 95% of people was going to be 45 due to no technology, or maybe they made up for that by not having child labor laws and you would see 12 year olds working with the 45 year olds. Either way, jokes aside lets focus on the current reality...
There's an old saying on the internet about data - nobody cares about your data except for you. You are the only person who cares about all of your business data, pictures, videos, etc, and if anyone else in the world showed up and that data was missing, they wouldn't care because it isn't theirs and is worthless to them. Cryptoware encrypts your business data, and while it ironically will try to charge you a fee, the people behind the cryptoware still don't really care about your data.
No matter what kind of IT job you're getting into, and no matter what kind of clients you're supporting, you need to know this important lesson. It doesn't matter what you call it, or how you do it, but you do need to do it.
What you need to know how to do is: Lie.
"Typical IT loser!" You must be thinking. Now hold on there, don't close the page just yet, especially if you're on the receiving end of most of the IT help. These are more white lies, or shall we call them white IT lies? There are certain types of interaction with the IT clients, and being too honest about what's going on is almost always shooting yourself in the foot and making the client think too much about easy decisions, at which point they will do something rash like decide behind your back, fire you, or both, usually the latter after you've been trying to support the former. And this brings up the key problem...