Fuck Proprietary Skills

People don't learn how to program, but learn how to S3 or EC2, people don't learn how to illustrate but how to Photoshop, or how to C4D. "Oh, I couldn't possibly make music without Ableton.." This is sad.

@neauoire @gabek How do you feel about having open source tools as your skill? Is it OK to learn how to GIMP?

@stevenroose @gabek Not a fan, but at least it feels slightly less like your skillset is being rented to you.

@neauoire @stevenroose Open source or not, I've never understood why people would dedicate their lives and career to a single tool or company. What if that company goes out of business? Or they pivot? What if they become awful human beings you no longer support? I've met so many who "do" Ruby, or After Effects, or Pro Tools, or .NET, but people should diversify. It's more fun to try different things anyway, plus you learn a lot that you can bring with you everywhere.

@gabek @neauoire @stevenroose Mostly people do this because it's successful. Part of why it's successful is because recruiters use keyword searches in their CV databases. And when I say "use", that sounds as if they do this actively. They don't. The software does it for them.

The tooling here actually looks almost identical to online advertising, and uses similar terminology. A job posting is an ad, and it's run for a period of time in a particular set..


@gabek @neauoire @stevenroose ... of channels, such as websites or mailing lists. Cost to the company who wants to fill the role can even be per click or impression.

The best conversion rate is got when you can figure out a good match with the target audience, so having a large number of keyword scanned CVs is a good idea.

For the person hunting for a job, it therefore makes sense to stuff their CV with keywords that are associated with jobs they...

@gabek @neauoire @stevenroose ... would like.

But there's often tests. So you need to "skill up" on those keywords.

Recruiting aside, it's also vendor lock in. Companies that produce the kind of product you might list as your skill benefit hugely from the platform effect that comes with having this kind of product; people will effectively advertise for you.

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