Up to my Eyeballs in Work

by Terry 6/15/2009 3:33:00 PM

I had not posted in awhile. A friend and former co-worker just returned from a lengthy trip. Now he has the onerous task of looking for work soon. This prompted a reply, which I thought I would add here, in edited form, as a general commentary.

I have been up to my eyeballs in new work and a bit of old. The new HP tools I have been working with come with a steep learning curve. It is not that the tools are hard to use; there are just so many new things to sort out and document. It never is simply plugging in the new software; it is actually making it work within the company and figuring out the exceptions from the expected. The products I continue to support keep chugging along, with some periodic updates. I am thankful I have work.

I have not heard much about the job market lately in software development; perhaps that is good news by itself. In general, news bulletins on layoffs have been absent as of late, so while jobs may not be in great abundance, the market may not be as flooded with job hunters. Think of it this way, anyone who has not yet found work may not be skilled or qualified enough. Any job openings that are available are looking for talent, and that talent has been skimmed off the top already

I think this will mean putting a name in the hat with dozens of other people for any given job. The greatest challenge for those who are most qualified will be getting a potential employer to see who is actually qualified and worth hiring. It is not like the dot-com days when anyone who could type could get a software job.

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I am a software architect, actively practice and teach martial arts and live in Snoqualmie, Washington. I have an amazing daughter who is the jewel of my life.

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