Yep yep yep. You see it, you hear it, hell you can feel it down in Irvine. Burn baby burn. Dot coms, things related to .coms, people sweeping up in .coms, hell even anything with the name ‘.com’ in the old title is manning the lifeboats, cause the great Titanic is going down full wash.
I was in the middle, a nova hot techy, my res getting 400 hits a day, money being thrown like I was a stripper. At then end I nearly garnered a cool 80K.
Now? Well I am happy to say I got a job after hapless searching for nearly 2 months. Lucky for me I can still pay the rent and save a lil, though its lean. But I am damn happy. The job is good (non .com…it relies on the website as a addition to seminars), I get to do a bit o traveling, and I got me health. Praise the lord and pass the ammo.
But man o man, I am sitting on the hilltop watching the gates come down. A whole bunch of pals at Buy.com got the axe Wed, Some former drones are getting chipped outta Silcon Valley up north, and today you read the everyone who has a corner office is cashing in the chips and making for Mexico. How the mighty have fallen. No more free lunches kids, I am saying it now, its the dire times for the IT pro.
And talk about a flood. I have talked with headhunters who say they have maybe 25% openings from last year if it is a good week, and nearly trebled the amount of ppl looking.
Kids, everywhere ya look its hack and slash. Major companies that were gonna be the godsend for the net are gonna washout within the year. The net is maturing, ppl are getting off the bandwagon of its the next big thing, and this is good and bad. Good, in that it really cuts down a lot of fluff out there. Bad in that a lot are gonna suffer for it.
But take heart, if you want to stick it out and ride the wave (it will die down but never be the roaring fire of the past 3 years), tighten your belt, find a company that uses the skills but does not depend on the VC, take the pay cut if ya gotta, and hold on to that job for dear life.
But for those that wanted the fast buck. Its a lost cause in my eyes, boys and girls. Find something you can fall back on and get out while ya can.
But enough ranting on my part (and boy did that feel good) Lets hear what everyone feels. I say the .com is getting close to permanent sleepyness. Anyone willing to raise a flag and counter me? I would be a lil happy to hear positive news just once.