The Job Market Sucks

It's 2001. Recruiters parade around with rifles on their shoulders, shooting fish in barrels. People everywhere are taking jobs they are overqualified for (says one person with six years of development experience on the verge of taking a webmaster position).

Share your tales of employment-process macabre here for the morbid delight of your fellow Wikizens.

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One big problem here is the attitude that going from development to WebMaster is a "step down". It's a challenge like any other, and we should pride ourselves in meeting challenges. Imagine the difference between a typical WebMaster and someone trained in TestDrivenDevelopment and ThreeStrikesAndYouAutomate. You'd have the slickest, most bulletproof WebSite on the block, and it could turn on a dime!

If you have experience writing tests to speed up development (and if the hiring person actually knows how important this is), you are in the top 1% of your cohort. Go for the throat.

Challenges schmallenges. Working in McDonalds is challenging too. You'd still be JustaWebMaster?.

This reminds me of a SpikeLee? movie - [spoiler alert] I forget which, where this young black talent keeps getting in trouble trying to become an actor. His mother keeps nagging "the PostOffice? is hiring", and he keeps brushing her off. Then at the end he finally relents and gets the gig his mother was talking about - appearing as a post office worker in a TeeVee ad.

I don't know how it is in the rest of the World, but in UK if you wanna get a job, you must deal with recruitment agencies. When the job market sucks, the agents talk to you as if you were a piece of sh... ! They lie, they manipulate you, etc ... Tell me about your experience with agencies in London AgenciesDoNotRespectYou !


It's 2003 and TheJobMarketStillSucks?.

It's 2004 and TheJobMarketStillSucks?. They're lying that it's getting better, though.

It's August 2004 and, at least in Atlanta, the job market is much better than it was last year and the year before.

Same in Pittsburgh. We can't find enough people, and no one is laying off good programmers.

It's 2007 and the economy is booming, with OpenSource and SoftLanguages on one side, and Daddy Warbucks trickling the largess down to at least the high-end professionals on the other side. --PhlIp

Software development is highly cyclical because during recessions, existing software continues to work as it did the day before. Software is kind of like the construction business in that regard. Buildings don't go away if you stop building them; they just need maintenance. It is not like food and medical care, which people need even in down-times. Some professions, such as law enforcement, even go up during downtimes because out-of-work people tend to cause societal problems. In short, in good times save save save! The Wheel in the Sky Keeps Turning.

No longer are people taking jobs they are OverQualified? for; rather, companies are hiring UnderQualified? staff for important positions (because they don't want to spend enough to hire the real talent), and then wondering why growth is so slow. We can only hope that this situation continues until employers start to increase the value of InformationTechnology!

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