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GeneralDarwin, still doing his job, hundreds of years on Pin
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We've had a difficult time finding/keeping qualified applicants for a DoD contract SQL developer position. I'm astounded at our track record since November:

- We had a reasonably qualified developer for about six months, but she got fed up with the company's inability to manage her health care stuff correctly, so she quit. She had no certifications.

- Her replacement wasn't even into his third day of employment when he quit because the company he came from offered him a big pay raise to come back. I never got a chance to talk to the guy, so I don't know what his skill set was like.

- His replacement had no discernible SQL skills AT ALL, despite what he had on his resume. We let him go on Thursday, and he was only on the job for about a month.

WTF has happened to the talent pool that seems so crowded when I'm looking for a job change?

The DoD makes it very difficult to hire new IT people. They must already have a current Security+ cert (difficult to find people with this cert), and won't allow anyone access to the database server without some sort of provable training in SQL. The contract for the seat doesn't mention the SQL training part, but I suppose it will now after the last guy, in the form of a required MCSA cert for SQL developer and BIDS.

I'm the only developer supporting about 100 people, and the work is backing up, because not only do I have to service new requests, but I have to maintain years-old stuff (from as far back as SQL Server 2005) that has NO DOCUMENTATION. The last SQL dev they had wrote a bunch of SQL jobs that require annual changes every fiscal year, and created static tables that need to be updated MANUALLY "every once in a while" (determined when some app somewhere stops showing expected data).

Not only do I have to do WPF desktop apps, SQL, BIDS, and Qlikview, it's starting to look like I'll need to learn SSRS, and SharePoint, too, and I' have absolutely no interest in learning SharePoint.

On top of all of that, we expect to be updating our database server to SQL Server 2016 sometime in September (just before the new fiscal year), and we have over 300 SQL jobs to migrate. Further, there doesn't appear to be any consideration of updating tools to do the BIDS stuff. We're still on VS2013 and using VS2008 to do the ssis packages. I was hoping to have another SQL developer on staff to help out with that, but it's not looking promising.
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010
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You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010
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When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013


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