Updated 3/19/2013 Due to the high volume of applications, we kindly request that applicants refrain from phoning to inquire about their application status. If we decide to move forward with your application, we will respond within one to two weeks of receiving your resume and cover letter.
My experience as a software engineer in their 50's is I rarely get a response back when I apply via an on-line mechanism. I have great qualifications and lots of experience in current technologies, but rarely get past the initial culling process. Note, I have standing offers for employment and a job that pays well, but my experiments in the last months of actively applying to various companies posting openings shows I'm pretty much SOL in finding new work through any on-line process.
The National Labs here in Boulder are laying off American engineers and giving the work to H1-B recruits. It's much cheaper to hire a PhD scientist from China to write software, than hire a qualified software engineer in the local market. When I worked for NCAR, there were often only 1-3 US citizens on project teams of 10, especially on the DOD related projects. Meanwhile, lots of local STEM grads are waiting tables here in Boulder, for lack of work in their field.
I loved working with the best and brightest from around the world, but now feel bitter and abused. I'd like to see H1-B visa's transferred to the recipient after 90 days of employment. If our National Labs and Tech Industries are really paying above market salaries for H1-B workers, then they won't have to worry about retaining their new recruits. The National Labs and Industry should have to prove they are having trouble finding talent by posting their open positions on a National Job Board for 90 days and documenting the lack of qualified applicants, before a H1-B visa is granted.