I know a lot of you won’t believe me, but this isn’t an ad. Slashdot wouldn’t have posted it if it was, even if we're sister companies. I oversee the editorial side of Dice, and I don’t accept advertorial or take story ideas from customers, and the rule here is I’m not even supposed to be asked to. I admit we’re not muckrakers, but if you look at news.dice.com, you’ll see it’s not happy talk. It’s certainly not meant to be. We cover layoffs, or dumb moves a company might make. Like, for example, if Meg Whitman ever went overseas and told workers there that they’re safe from layoffs while she was moving some thousands here out the door. (Oh, wait, she did do that.) We don’t let companies read our stories before we post them, either.
Personally, I think looking for a job sucks and I approach things from that angle. We write stories like this one because people said we weren’t helping them very much if we didn’t give them company-specific advice. I’m not going to pretend that our approach is perfect, and maybe our stories should be more skeptical. But everyone knows some companies are better than others and that fewer of them seem to think good skills and experience are worth paying for. I could write lots about that, but it wouldn’t help anyone get a job and at the end of the day, that’s what I’m supposed to do. I don’t know what else to say, except to promise you our stories aren’t ads or anything like that. If they were, I could go get a job in PR or something and make more money.