The IT Job Market

23 06 2008

Since graduating, well, even before graduation I realized that my internship wouldn’t result in a full time position. The company was making layoffs in all areas, and HR informed my manager that she wanted to keep me on, the salary would have to come out of IR’s budget. They already had to cut back on the number refreshes this year, so keeping me on was not going to happen. She told me she would have hired me, which kind of made me feel better, but it didn’t help the fact that I still didn’t have a job.
Since April, I have applied for about 30 jobs. I only started keeping track of them after a while, so that number could be even higher. Not all of these were IT jobs (because I started getting so desperate for a job that I started applying for assistant and clerical jobs).
I went through periods of feeling really good about the job market, trying to reassure myself that I would get a job, that more jobs would start opening up, and that my interviews were going really well. I tried to convince myself that job offers would come flooding in after a while, like what happened with my friend last semester. But then there were times when I got that rejection phone call/email and I wanted to cry. I soon realized that I should just give up on my “dream job” – I just don’t have the level of experience to do that at this point in my life.
What really makes me mad about the not just the IT job market, but the job market at any time, and for any position is the lack of communication. I don’t understand why it is so hard for a company to give an applicant a call and let them know either 1) we don’t want to interview you because…., 2) you didn’t get the job because…, 3) we are still in the process of making our decision, or 4) we decided not to fill the position because…. I am pretty sure that I have applied for some jobs that I don’t completely qualify for. Some of those jobs I still received interviews for, but others I never heard from. I have interviewed for many positions. Some have told me that I didn’t get the position and others have told me that they decided not to fill the position. But again, there are a few that I never heard from again. I asked one company the status of their position. The answer was that they liked me, but an employee-referred applicant got the job. He said they were looking for another position in the department for me. I think that was the over-the-top way of telling me that I didn’t get the job, but still trying to give me a glimmer of hope. Except that I know better than to hold my breathe waiting around for them.
The funny part about that job is that I was told that there was pretty much no way I was going to get a job there unless I knew someone. What do you know, that’s exactly what happened. And a week later I come to find out that a friend of mine is good friends with the wife of the president of this company. You better believe I was kicking myself over not mentioning to him that I was applying for this job. I was pretty peeved that knowing someone guarantees you a job, that there is not really a chance for anyone else at that point. It was bullshit, unfair, and what was the point of even interviewing? But when a friend hooks you up with an interview, you kind of change that mindset.
A friend of mine works for an accounting firm (not my cup of tea, but everyone needs IT). Their IT guy is overwhelmed with their support, client support, and the company that he has on the side. He is finally pushed to hire someone for help, and I had the perfect in. The job was never posted, there is no official way to go about it, and I am the only one that interviewed. So unless he really hated me, then I am getting this job. And it is one of those jobs that I actually want to do. I would love working with different clients and doing a different thing every day. I would love helping him on the websites. I would love being able to get out of the office every now and then. I would love working with one of my best friends.
I don’t know for sure yet if I have the job, but I should be hearing tomorrow. Meanwhile, I am applying for a teaching position, that I don’t want – not in the least bit. ugh.

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24 06 2008
segan123

Getting a job nowadays is kind of a scary experience, it seems, but from what I read you’re definitely handling it in a mature and well-thought-out way. I understand the frustration of getting rejected without notice – it would be nice if more companies let you know they weren’t interested in hiring you, as it would definitely ease the stress levels of their applicants.

Best of luck with the job you’re currently going for, I’m sure you’ll get it – just be persistent and keep your head up high!

-Segan

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