The job ad Apple doesn’t want you to find

These days, everyone wants to make applying for a job as easy as possible. LinkedIn lets you apply for openings with a single click, and Google has its own plans to revitalise the soul-destroying process of applying for work. In this environment, it’s nice to see Apple going a completely different way, and making the process as difficult as possible.

The job ad Apple doesn’t want you to find

As spotted by ZDNet security editor Zack Whittaker, this weekend Apple had a job opening for a distributed systems engineer. Rather than posting it alongside the 600+ other openings Apple has on its jobs page, the company took the unusual step of plugging it at In other words, they put it where only people with the skills for the job would be able to find it. Cunning.

It’s one way of keeping recruitment consultants away, I guess.

Of course, when secret job links are posted on Twitter, the cat is well and truly out of the bag. If you visit the page now, you’ll find nothing but an error message and the haze of what might have been. Still, keep looking: if you have the skills, Apple probably has the call for you hidden away somewhere – buried where mere mortals like me won’t find it.

Alternatively, you could wait for Apple to headhunt you, which sounds like an experience in its own right. Don’t be too offended if you never get the call, though – after all, the company did once turn down an actual Apple genius for a job in its Genius Bars.

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