Back on a theme I have expounded on before:
After getting the first dozen or so applications for the Environmental Planner job I recently announced (see the Kiosk), I had to go back and read what I wrote. I did indeed place the ability to make maps at the first of a long list of skills needed for this job. But if you read the cover letters/resumes, you would think that I had asked for a full-time GIS technician.
I realize that part of the problem is the schools - it is easier to teach GIS analysis than to teach people skills. But I have to say this once again, for the benefit of the participants in this forum:
GIS skills are basic - indeed they are now sort of like reading and writing. They will not distinguish you from the herd.