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So I thought I'd share my recent job search results for those who are interested. It's meant really just as an illustration of what I saw. We all keep reading how the media is trying to fill our heads with how much better the economy is these days, but I am sure not seeing it on Main Street.
I work in IT as a programmer (nerd). I'm not a hardcore nerd in the pure sense that I don't have this inborn desire out of a feeling of wanting to compensate for feelings of inferiority due to the fact I wanted to be a jock but I'm not to demonstrate how much more intelligent I am than the entire rest of the world (which I see in many nerds to be honest). I will admit to lacking the social skills (to a nerd that means you demand everyone else do things YOUR way because you are so much more intelligent than they are) that most of us have, but I'm not what I think of as a hardcore nerd, more like nerd lite. But I am a programmer, and I enjoy the problem solving aspect of that as well as helping people. I don't enjoy dealing much with my fellow nerds who have the complex I described above they are a PITA even for fellow nerds to deal with let alone normal people.
Ok a bit of background. I've been doing this for 15 years now (just about). I work for a company where my career is basically in the toilet. I have nowhere to go here. I will grant in this economy no matter what the Ministry of Propaganda says, we are lucky to have any job. But I'd really like to be all I can be as the saying goes, for ultimate satisfaction. I'm not content to just settle. But I will say having a job that you are making a living at these days is a good and fortunate thing.
So I decided to take a look at what's out there. What can it hurt right? I updated and enabled my resumes posted on the major job boards and decided to see what happened. A recruiter contacted me about a local company and set up what I was told was an interview during an afternoon, so I took that afternoon off out of my measly two weeks a year of paid time off (vacation) to go there. I arrive and they had some girl wearing a unicorn mask greet me, and I was told it wasn't really an interview after all, just they wanted to meet me.
Needless to say I wasn't too thrilled about wasting a half day of vacation to be the butt of their practical joke.
Then I got an interview lined up with a development firm, they were willing to be "flexible" in letting me come in for a face to face later in the day so I didn't have to take a full half day of my time off for that (I know, I should get down on my knees and thank God for that generousity, if not do other things on my knees to thank them). But it was downtown and like an hour away in rush hour traffic, and then you gotta pay for parking which is expensive, and since it was just an informal initial meeting with the manager, I asked if there was any flexibility to meet offsite to avoid that. I was immediately told that I obviously was not displaying what it took to be a member of their team (i.e. when you jump I scream SIR YES SIR HOW HIGH SIR). I guess if just asking that question causes that I wouldn't have wanted to work there anyway.
My next interview came from an ad off Craigslist (yeah that was bad from the get go...). The guy seemed really nice via email so I set up an interview with him at the end of the day so I wouldn't have to use PTO for it. I drove over there, and the guy spent most of our hour together trying to basically beat me down in price, harping again and again how he just can't be sure I'm worth the kind of money I make now and blah blah blah. He tried to paint himself as a programmer, but when I tried to talk tech with him, he couldn't run with me, so I wasn't impressed. I realized I didn't want to work for him anyway, so at the end I finally said "So basically what you're trying to tell me is I'm overpaid". He kind of stopped and seemed taken aback, and the interview was over very shortly after.
At that point, I decided that while my career at this company is going nowhere, that is still better than dealing with the sorts I saw when I was interviewing, and I made my resumes invisible and gave up the search.
I can tell these people who are going all rah rah about the economy, you really should go look for a job before you tell us how great everything is. I know better from personal experience.