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Journal tomhudson's Journal: A disturbing trend ... 6

I can't help but notice that the majority of IT jobs locally now ask for either no experience, 1 year, or 3 years. It looks like the movement of head offices to the rest of the country (along with the good jobs), which started 40 years ago, is now pretty much complete, leaving only the crappiest of the crappy jobs.

No wonder 13% of the city's work force is on welfare, 10% on unemployment, 5% on some other form of government subsidy, and 20% of those who do have a job only work part-time. Throw in a large chunk of the "involuntarily self-employed" (14%) and it's no wonder the "economic recovery" isn't visible..

And also no wonder why a city with a population in the millions can't generate jobs requiring 10 or more years experience - employers can ask for 1 year experience and people with 5 years will apply. Scale up for 2 years, etc. The colleges and universities keep producing workers, but the jobs have gone elsewhere.

The only way to "win" in such a scenario is to go the "War Games" route - refuse to play.

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  • . . . and why doesn't the U.S. EEOC consider a ceiling on requested experience to be ipso facto evidence of age discrimination?
    • by RM6f9 ( 825298 )

      Because they're minimums, not maximums: If, as an employer, I advertise seeking 2 years of experience, that in no way excludes my willingness to hire someone with 10 or more, and if they're willing to work for what I'm willing to pay, that's free-market capitalism.
      Please note that the above does not necessarily make me a *wise* capitalist, one of whom might understand that they *need* a 10-yr plus experienced person for certain portions of a position's responsibilities, b-u-t, until they feel the pain of t

      • How *does* one distinguish themselves as a quality coder, far above and beyond the 1-year code monkeys, to a non-coding semi-tech-literate hiring manager?

        You can't. They believe that the monkey is "good enough".

        How *does* one distinguish themselves as a quality coder, far above and beyond the 1-year code monkeys, to a non-coding semi-tech-literate hiring manager?

        In this environment, you don't, because it's irrelevant to the hiring process.

        Just as important, managers prefer to manage people who are ju

      • by base3 ( 539820 )
        That's a good point -- but I've seen the word "maximum" used in ads, though not recently. But when a range is specified, I (perhaps erroneously) had been reading the top and bottom of the ranges as upper and lower bounds.
  • Around here, for .NET programming positions at least, it's been the opposite -- generally only guru-level jobs were adverted in 2009 and 2010, and just a few intern and entry-level began appearing later in 2010. It seems most of the 1-3 years experience jobs have been off-shored, as the sr level jobs betray with the oft-mentioned requirement of being able to work with teams in other time zones.

    Unemployment and underemployment is just going to continue to get worse in the formerly rich Western democracies, a

    • Globalist? Me? I don't think so! I went to Canada's capitol for a week to twist politicians' ears to try to convince them that NAFTA was t trojan horse - that the energy and water provisions were definitely not to ur advantage, and that it would (and did) cut our leverage under the Auto Pact, etc.

      Couldn't find ONE who had actually read the thing, and didn't understand that it was not about "free" trade, and that "harmonizing" laws would have major negative impacts on our economic competitiveness, turni

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"