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Fancy a gig in which you must “Tell users all computer are infected”, always “Follow a script no matter what” and “Write down credit card numbers and details most clearly”? There's even bonuses to be had “for you when you get users’ bank and credit card details when fix the windows computer.” If that sounds like you, New …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Meh

    I find...

    ...jobs that show a good salary in the advert get the most eyeballs.

    The ones where you need 600 qualifications, but don't mention a salary, usually mean they are going to pay bugger all and expect everything.

    1. jockmcthingiemibobb

      Re: I find...

      For some reason, very few job adverts include a salary range in the land of the long white shroud.

      Jokes aside...I'm now confused whether they're after helpdesk support robots or software developers. Guess I've failed their test.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I find...

        Because they either have an exact fixed salary, or they want to size you up before offering.

        I remember having Magnum Mac offer me minimum wage to be a repair tech "but great salary once you are Apple certified!". I pointed out I was already certified, and did onsite repairs for my last job at a university. So could they tell me the great salary, since I would obviously be straight on it.

        Stunned silence, followed by "well, we;re really looking to get someone on the path to being certified..."

        I laughed at them, and told them they should at least read a CVs qualifications section before attempting their bullshit. Since they DEMAND it must only be two sides of A4. Sometimes, my dear HR drone, it's longer than that because of actual relevant stuff, not just bumfluff padding.

        I don't have a CS degree. I can surface mount solder, own and use an oscilloscope. Guess which one you need to be able to "fix hardware". Which these days probably means "can repack into box, send to owner"

  2. outofit

    Eh?

    Support is fun here and people love talk about they funny users.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This works?

    Unless this is well-known long running joke down under, personally I'd assume it was a scam pretending to be from the power company, like the Microsoft prize draw winnings my spam filters are informed of with monotonous regularity.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: This works?

      What? You mean Microsoft don't have prize draws?

      1. GitMeMyShootinIrons

        Re: This works?

        Yes! You too can win the Windows 95 Plus Pack!!!!

        1. Marketing Hack Silver badge
          Windows

          Re: This works?

          Nobody would ever believe you can win the Windows 95 Plus Pack. MS doesn't offer upgrades from Win 8.x :)

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    1500 ad views...

    ... and he can't hire techies.... sounds like there is another problem there!

  5. chivo243 Silver badge
    Headmaster

    Wait a minute

    So, do I get to scam people, or just fix windows or... wait a minute aren't they the same? Now I get it, wait a minute...

  6. TheProf
    Headmaster

    Grandma

    "There's even bonuses to be had "

    Try writing "There are even bonuses ". People might be fooled into thinking you're (not you's) part of the advert campaign.

    (Sorry, I'm being picky today.)

    1. TheProf

      Re: Grandma

      Thank you for the Thumb's up you nice person.

      I'm feeling a lot less picky now.

  7. BongoJoe

    Ugh

    I've worked for "I'm ever so funny" managers before and, as a rule, they weren't.

    The advert has served its purpose.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Ugh

      RIP David Brent.

  8. eJ2095

    Sent in my sample code...

    10 print "Hello"

    20 goto 10

    Sorted jobs mine :-0

  9. Crazy Operations Guy Silver badge

    If they are like most companies

    They could get a lot better talent by replacing their HR department. So many time I've seen HR folk reject job applicants because they don't have the exact qualifications.

    At one point I was rejected for a job because I only had an associate's degree in CS rather than the bachelor's they wanted. I only had the BS because I left college to become the first non-founder employee of the company that made the product the people that rejected me needed an integration architect for...

  10. Mike 16 Silver badge

    Must have been a similar Ad

    that got my bank its website developers. I swear the only clue that their email and website _may_ not be a scam is the lack of a Nigerian IP address.

  11. x 7

    If you want a similar job in India ask this company

    http://www.arjuninc.com/AIES.html

    I managed once to track them down as the source of a lot of the spam "Microsoft" support calls

    you can apply here

    http://arjuninc.com/Careers.html

    they did have a page for a fake AV product at http://www.arjunaainternetsecurity.com/

    but that seems to have been shut down

  12. Cheshire Cat
    Stop

    Looks like a joke advert

    Pretty sure this is a fake joke advert.

    "If willing and compromise ethics = make money, then you fit in well."

    I can't imagine anyone would say this in a real ad, plus the poor english is a bit of a giveaway - and the real scammers only recruit in India anyways....

  13. R Callan

    The problem is that for some tears there have been spam callers doing exactly this in N.Z. When after about 1000 calls the called person gets somewhat irate, then the call and hang up calls start. The only thing common to all of the callers is a distinct sub continental accent.

    The advertisers would appear to have shot themselves in both feet.

    1. Dagg
      Mushroom

      >The only thing common to all of the callers is a distinct sub continental accent.

      With me that is an immediate hang-up, no questions nothing...

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  16. Chika

    There's some bloke from India calling about a copyright claim...

  17. -tim
    Facepalm

    Do they have a qualified candidate already?

    I figured they turned one of their many received CVs into a job advert.

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