Is the recession over?
In the last three days I've had three people call me up looking deperately to hire top notch programmers. Google wants to hire >20< in New York!
I like to think we have passed the worst of it. Our company has been seeing a gradual, cautious upturn over the past two quarters; capital spending has been up nationwide for longer than that.
I have noticed the similar things too. I have been receiving calls from recruiters after seeing my resume on Hotjobs.com. This was no biggie 2 years ago. And it's started happening again after 2 years of "dry period". And I know I am not a top notch programmer, just above average maybe.
Lots more alumni messages from people looking to hire people at the company they are currently working for... (one of the big iron cms places just today)
Michael H. Pryor
blind man/elephant phenomenon here?
My reasoning has been, no matter how bad a recession gets, good companies will always need good people. Those contracts just can't wait to get off the floor. So you are good or great, don't worry so much. Many complaints that it is next to impossible to even line up a great talent with a good job. I mostly agree with them. So anyone here for migrating to China and India to open web services sweat shops? Flights really cheap now...
I have 1.5 years experience doing J2EE work, and a BFA in Art Photography. My experience does include some pretty impressive clients, but I have had some pretty rough spots over the past year and I've never had anyone seek me out. This past week, I've had 3 companies contact me.
Our company makes software for the heavy manufacturing sector. Lately we've had more and more people push off purchases until autumn/end of calendar year. From the people that I've talked to, there's been no improvement in the last year, and none in sight.
This was a scary article (New York Times, registration required):
Not a chance.
Doug kass in TheStreet.com today (April 23):
According to the Times (although yesterday we learned that they may not always be so reliable) Google is actually hiring *100* engineers in NYC.
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