I might be strange, but I work in the information sector, I've been employed straight through the recession, decided to look for a new job about a year ago, stuck my resume up on Monster.com and waited for people to call me. I've had well over a hundred calls, 6 or 8 interviews and four job offers that I turned down. Many of the calls that I got I just didn't go forward with because I didn't like what they were paying up front.
Let's be clear though, many of the jobs that I actually laughed off were $45/hr contract jobs and $70K salary full time. The ones I considered but refused the offers were in the 80-85K range. And now, I've finally decided to make the move after finding a position that is much better than those.
Oh, and I'm a just a systems administrator, although I prefer to call myself a systems engineer, with going on 8 years of experience
. I have no degree in IT, only basic computer science course work on a college level and no certifications at all. I also don't really know anyone on the inside anywhere. I do like to think I'm really smart, and more importantly, willing to work hard and to make a quality product.
The reason that people got laid off in huge gobs during the recession is because there were frankly a glut of developers that were supported on the top of a huge bubble. They were in it for the money and they really had few skills. Once the money dried up, the companies decided to do what they should have done and downsize and economize.
There is this idea that there is this huge number of educated, talented IT professionals out there who are unemployed or underemployed and not filling jobs that they should have. That's not true. Many of these professionals are not talented, barely educated and the fact is that the jobs never really existed in the first place. There are scads of people straight out of completely unrelated fields who thought that with a certification gained after a cram session in a training center that they were suddenly engineers and developers and could suddenly command lordly rates because they took one test. Some barely knew how to use their workstations, let alone how to work servers. I know, I work(ed) with these people every day.
That's not to say that there aren't jobs out there, because I'm living proof that there are, and really good ones, if you have the luxury of setting a goal and being willing to turn down lesser oppotunities until the right one comes in. However, I know few real sys admins who know real enterprise systems who would starve. If I was fired today, I could probably find a job in two weeks for 80% of what I make now. No sweat. It wouldn't be the best job in the universe, but I'd hardly be poverty stricken.
Edited by Uncle Sid, 03 April 2004 - 03:59 AM.