was it C N Parkinson or L J Peter advice on job ads ?
One of them recommended telling the horrible truth about a truly awful job excavating in a tropical swamp. By telling the horrible truth the only candidates would be people who loved ground breaking Mayan archaeology, exactly the sort required. The usual "dynamic ground breaking research " style would get a lot of shiny academics unable to cope with real mud and crocodiles.
Indeed, ad is interesting, despite not having .Net. Anyway Deltics is right. COBOL is very good at what it does. Very elegant coding possible. <OFFTOPIC> I have noted articles predicting the end of COBOL have faded away in current decades. Delightfully ironic.</OFFTOPIC>