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Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Take my job, please
Unfortunately, job searching is a subject near and dear to my heart. Although short on sources, this article reflects my own experiences with the job boards. After submitting nearly 200 resumes in the course of a month, in the end I relied on personal referrals or smaller job boards that were more of a community than the major job search sites. Even in that case, the best I got was a place to commiserate and sell my stuff.

Bill Gates is out talking on the subject of high-tech jobs as well (NYT, or the same article via the Interesting People archives), trying to make sure that the tech industry will still have an educated pool to draw from. Mr. Gates claims that "people are way overreacting" to the job losses and off-shoring. This view is shared by David Kirkpatrick of Fortune who felt that off-shoring was not only inevitable, but a good thing. After a deluge of angry emails, Mr. Kirkpatrick followed up that article with another, where, he softened his tone, if not his opinion.

We've seen this in other industries as well - in my Pennsylvania home town, parents make certain that their children don't grow up to be steel workers after living through the collapse of that industry. In the same vein, I'm no longer nudging my daughter toward geekdom. Will the dot-bomb not only take jobs from us now, but also cause a shortfall of nerds in the future as the best and brightest become investment bankers instead of programmers? Would you agree that "it's a terrific time to be a computer scientist"?
:: posted by Doug, 12:30 PM

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