The worse job market I ever saw was when the steel mills laid off in Pittsburgh, PA (1979-1981). I had several uncles (with families) laid off at the time. My dad sold washing machines & dryers - so while not laid off - times were still pretty lean.
When you see mile after mile of closed steel mills - it makes you stop and thing. I remember the day they closed the South Side Mill - mill complex is like 3 miles long - something like 30,000 workers laid off in one swipe.
I remember going to UPS (United Parcel Service) for a job - and standing in a line of about 100 other guys. It was rough back then. Couldn't even get a job at the 7-11 store.
Market now is soft. It's not dead - if you have the education/credentials. I definitely do not think we are seeing the crazy hiring that wend on the past could of years - where you could get the SCJP2 (no degree) and possibly get a $30K/yr or more job.
Market seems to be picking up the past two weeks. Been getting 2 or 3 phone calls a day now - versus 2 or 3 phone calls a week.
Am flying out to PA in the next week or two. Company is still making arrangements.
Raytheon here in Denver called. They are planning on making me an offer - and may have some Java
work. Previously saud all they had was C/C++ work.
Hewlett-Packard called - finally, after 6 months of a hiring freeze. They want to talk to me.
I had two recruiters (head hunters) here in Denver call me today. I am having an interview with one on Thursday.
Yes, I am spoiled. After 8 yrs of college - and 2 back to back layoffs - I want to get some steady employment. And yes, I do get short tempered with the whining/crying that is so prevalent on other discussion groups/boards.