Some words of advice - for Developers, COE leads, and Recruiters.
Most companies don’t really have a grasp on the skills they need to implement RPA.
As a result you’ll see recruiters with long wish-lists in their postings.
This is only creating the RPA equivalent of the duck-billed-platypus.
You’ll see people post lists like this:
3+ years of Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, UiPath or Workfusion [Just a weird combination as a starting point]
10+ years of .NET, VB, C++ or similar [Ok - not that bad]
Experience establishing a Center of Excellence [are they looking for a technical developer or a consultant]
Able to analyze and prioritize processes for automation [ok, now we’re looking for a business analyst]
Can work with the process owner to redesign processes for automation [Arg - now you’ve got to have Lean Six Sigma skills]
Experience of the PharmafinancialinsurancebankingdefenseBPOITOandtherest sector is a plus [Hmmm!]
Available to start immediately [Like I’ve got all of the above skills and am just waiting around until this job vacancy popped up]
$5 an hour [Great - finally I can afford to eat]
Corp to Corp or W-2 considered. GC holder or US citizen [Darn - I ticked all the boxes until this. I curse my parents for letting me be born in Scotland and not migrating before I was 18.]
Your options are:
Laugh and move to the next opportunity
Apply and try to educate the recruiter along the way that no one has this combination of skills
Recognize that the recruiter doesn’t have a clue, so has just parroted a fantasy list from their client [but it is their fault - recruiters should advise their clients]
Apply knowing that you are sub-superhero and tick 2 of the boxes
Apply, get the job (yay!), and then suffer as you’ve obviously bluffed about your superhero capabilities.
Let’s just help the market.
That’s what we spend much of our time doing.
We are not HR folk, but we are always talking about the HR issues - change management, resource/skills planning, job descriptions, succession planning, reward structures etc.
While much of our work is around technical training on Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere and UiPath - online and onsite around the globe - RPA success requires people with the right skills at the right time.
Without that, none of this is going to work.