right smack dab in the middle of silicon valley. you would think that its not impossible to get employment here if you have any experience and can code. I have tons of experience and yes, I can code. I can do a lot more than coding, but I'm happy to continue coding.
I'm not proud and I'll take nearly any job that I can physically or mentally do. I'll do a job several levels 'below' me. I don't care! if I'm helping and being productive and keeping myself indoors (ie, not homeless) I'm happy to do qa work or - fuck - even data entry. yeah, 30 or so years of software and hardware and I can't even get the most basic zoomer entry level job. of course: they see my 3 pages of resume and they won't offer me jobs 'below me'. I don't use that term; work is honorable and I'd be happy to go back to work in any way I can! but try to tell that to employers. 'you will get bored, you will leave, you wont be happy, etc. well, let me be the judge of that, ok? maybe I would be happy. and you'll get a guy who realizes what its like to be without work and who will do all he can to STAY employed, as long as the employer lets him.
I don't know what the issue is; and I don't think its one single thing. but being american born and raised and over 40 really does limit your engineering growth in the bay area. if you are from an h1b country, hey, come on in! we'll find SOME job for you. but me? no. no job for you.
sorry to vent. but people need to hear this. they should hear it so that they don't live under the false illusion that life is great and if you have a good education, good experience and good work ethic, you'll be able to stay employed. NO! its a fucking lie.