“SALARY: Competitive”, What?!

Dr Stuart Woolley
7 min readApr 15, 2021

Another exposed metal object on the software job searching minefield.

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

LinkedIn, It’s a Banger

I’d like to say I have an on-off love affair with LinkedIn, but it’s more like owning an old banger of a car you can’t realistically get rid of. Let’s go with the analogy that it gets you to the shops for food, mostly, but you have to put up with the continuous clanking, oil patch on your driveway, and endless expensive repair bills.

And, as a result, you get a headache just by looking at it.

These days it’s likely, especially if you’re in the software game like me, that you’ll have a profile there as there’s no real alternative around the moment¹. Its use depresses the soul like the black mould between the tiles on a bathroom wall — you know you could get rid of it with a bit of effort but you just put up with it looking back at you in the mirror when you’re washing your face in the morning. You just leave the bathroom as quickly as possible closing the door behind you, out of sight out of mind.

Anyway, enough of the comparisons, I could really go to town on this.

Today’s fun revolves around the hideously inaccurate job listings I continually receive as a result of two fatal mistakes:

  • I did some coding tests for vanity purposes².
    (C, Swift, C++, bash scripting, I think. If you’re sufficiently interested then look me up. At your own risk, naturally.)
  • I saved a job search about 7 years ago.
    (I don’t have the motivation to delete it, a bit like a bad smell that you keep having to sniff on your fingers. Know what I mean? There I go again.)

As a result I receive job suggestions from their statistics³ based system regularly which are comically bad (they could be and may indeed be a future article in their own right) but to their credit they do have several specific things in common.

“Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.”
- Anton Checkhov

Salary isn’t a Salad Vegetable

Whether I’m browsing (and in the background it’s watching me with its statistics³) or it’s notifying me of new vacancies my eye is always drawn to the…



Dr Stuart Woolley

Worries about the future. Way too involved with software. Likes coffee, maths, and . Would prefer to be in academia. SpaceX, Twitter, and Overwatch fan.