My last blog (“It’s COLD Out There/Here“) not only elicited a couple of comments on the boards, it also stimulated numerous e-mails from other readers who pick the blog up via newsfeeds (for example on LinkedIn or FaceBook). If you like universal consensus, you should be happy because that’s what I got from everybody —namely, that now is not a good time to go looking for a new job unless you have absolutely no choice in the matter at all.
It’s one thing to read that the job market is tough, and that people are having difficulty finding work, even in IT. It’s another thing altogether to experience this first-hand for yourself, as I have in the past three weeks or so. It’s even more of a wake-up call to hear these same experiences and sentiments echoed by a great many people you know, and whose opinions and perspectives you trust, as well as from acquaintances who chime in to validate this outlook.
Batten down the hatches, and be prepared to stay put wherever you might be right now, if you’ve got any kind of job. As I said in my reply to the previous blog’s commenters “What’s the point in going out looking, when the only thing you’re certain to find is trouble?” And while jobs may be scarce, or even non-existent, in some situations, trouble is one thing that never experiences shortages. With an ample supply already available to you in your current situation and life, why add to that stock right now?
I’m going to keep poking and prodding myself, because getting into trouble lets me learn about it, document it, understand it, and hopefully grope toward solutions that can inform if not actually benefit all of us. I’m going to keep pushing the envelope, and see what’s in there! Stay tuned…