Note: The following is a rant. I don’t really want to make it Pit-worthy, so I’ll start it in MPSIMS. If it gets excessive, though, the mods can do with it as they wish.
Can someone tell me what’s wrong with the US job market these days? I mean, here I am, a software engineer with 12+ years of experience, fluent in cutting-edge buzzwords like Java, C++, OOD, and e-commerce, and I’m finding it damn hard to keep a job for more than a year.
My previous employer was an internet development company that went from 180+ employees to 60-something inside of five months, because the clients stopped coming in. My current employer is an aerospace/defense firm that’s seeing a literal drought of new projects; layoffs are on the horizon if things don’t change quickly. I scour the want ads, and it’s always the same handful of positions being advertised. I can’t even get a response back from the headhunters, who (in the past) tended to jump onto me like a piece of raw meat as soon as I started looking.
So what’s the deal? Yeah, I know, we’re still in a recession, but all the geniuses keep saying that we’re pulling out of it now. And while it’s convenient to blame everything on 9/11, I know there’s more to it than that. And my blatantly-biased political views say that George W. Bush doesn’t give a damn, since the only businesses he cares about are the oil companies.
Anyone want to clue me in as to what’s going on? Or maybe pass along the winning lottery numbers for the next drawing?