Jobs?

Posted on October 29th, 2008 by Aaron.
Categories: Culture-shock.

So now it’s come to this: I have to find a job.

I had hoped to do some tech work for non-profits, but there’s really not that much out there. And what’s out there is either maintaining/setting-up computer systems or, at best, doing some kind of simple web page work. Not really very challenging, technically. I’m tired of being overqualified for what I’m doing.

Ironically, being “overqualified” is not really a problem in corporate-land. I’ve been out of the tech world for two years (sometimes it seems like I’ve traveled into the future– everyone has these “iphones” now!). Some recruiters look at this absence with suspicion.

“So, Peace Corps. Hmm. Yeah.”

And then there’s all the bad economic news. Even though the listings on CareerBuilder, monster, and craigslist all seem to have lots of tech jobs, it’s unnerving to see “the sky is falling!” every day in the paper.

However, given all that I still have gotten a fair number of bites. I even got a phone-interview with Google (you may have heard of them). This xkcd comic pretty much sums up what happened:

Working For Google

3 comments.

Nannette

Comment on November 2nd, 2008.

Boy can I relate! Just different circumstances in our lives. You’ll get something – sometimes you have to prove yourself again in order to move back up to where you were.

Love you,
Nanny

Jonathan HR dude

Comment on November 3rd, 2008.

3 newest/best job sites according to About.com –

http://www.linkedin.com (professional networking)
http://www.indeed.com (aggregated job listings)
http://www.realmatch.com (matches you to the perfect job)

Good luck to all those searching for jobs.

kit

Comment on December 2nd, 2008.

That sounds like my phone interview with Google :)