Tech Companies Need BAs: Lorem Ipsum is not enough

I’ve been around long enough in tech to understand a few things. First, there is a limit to the amount someone can look at a screen before it’s no longer fun. I’ve met several people with computer science degrees that have admitted they hate programming. Is it because it’s hard? Perhaps, but I think it’s more that there is too much for someone with such a deep level of technical expertise to do. Low level compiler languages requires focus to be directed towards very abstract concepts. Conversely, higher level languages like javascript need focus to be directed to not only the technical side, but also to the user interface as well (*keyword user). When computer scientists program they are more than happy to include lorem ipsum as part of their package, partially out of shear exhaustion. People, like myself, with a degrees in writing and research are more than happy to fill in those blank spaces for the customers, delivering a more refined product.

Finding work in tech is difficult, despite the claims of “tech jobs are abound”. I have a degree, I’m a veteran, I’m even a minority and I’m in my third week of job searching without even a call back. I’ve written different cover letters and created tailored resume’s, but I believe what is happening is recruiters are picking up my resume and thinking ‘his experience just doesn’t apply’ and putting it on the stack. Perhaps there are others who have local connections that are displacing my resume, but I think recruiters are looking for the ‘total package’. I’m really trying to figure out what that is. I mean who knows how many computer languages there are? thousands? Then you’re talking about the frameworks and tools for each language? Does the perfect package know them all? No. The perfect package is someone that will objectively assess the needs of the client and improvise with what is available to deliver a product that meets their needs.

No program is worth anything if it doesn’t have users. The value of people’s attention is at an all time high these days and when a computer scientist fills in their programs with Chuck Norris Ipsum, they are damaging your brand. Furthermore, when computer scientists fill in content with technical jargon, they are also not paying homage to the written word. Tech companies need people with a sense of history and empathy to maximize the value of the products they push to clients. That’s the keystone that can set your company apart from the rest.

P.S. I’m still looking for a job, hire me please Denver.

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