One of my former co-workers asked me to write him a letter of recommendation today, more or less tailored to the job he's applying for.
Looking at the job description, it's yet another month-old start-up trying to make money making web sites.
The simple fact is that most of the businesses who need web sites already have them. Those that don't already have one can get 1 to 4 unpaid interns who need work experience to do it for free over the course of 2 months, 40 hours per week.
It explains the high level of corruption and dishonesty in the local IT industry (more so than elsewhere). I was speaking with a government worker today who acknowledged that local IT is riddled with illegal employment practices, all sorts of business fraud, abuse, etc.
I have yet to see a single honest employer in this business. Not one. They're either lying to you, or the customer. Or much more likely, both.
So I'll write his letter of recommendation
As for me, I've come to the realization that I simply can no longer "work for" some IT boss or manager. Not in this province - the culture of corruption is just too deeply ingrained here, and the continued decline in IT employment locally is just going to reinforce that, as more people cut even more corners chasing fewer opportunities.