My name is Bryan and I'm a superfluous engineer.
I'm a software engineer with a degree, a few years of experience, and relatively high competence. I've also been out of work for almost two years. When I send in resumes, I get no response whatsoever. I have been working the past year with a start up making
games for the iPhone, and saw no revenue at all. I apply to companies where I've painstakingly networked internally and receive no response. I try to find contract work just to stay afloat, and it falls through every time. I have literally traveled across
the country to places that I had no connections just to be close enough to be considered for candidacy.
I might as well have been invisible.
Nothing seems to work in the Sisyphus economy. Present your candidacy however you like. Be bold, or be cool, be smart, or be boring. Be funny, somber, excited, or collected. Be right, be wrong, be obstinant, be a sycophant, be yourself, or be someone else.
It doesn't matter what you do; unless you're a senior engineer with 10 million years of experience, no one even notices you.
I can't imagine what it's like for college graduates. Actually I can, it's about the same.
It didn't used to be this way. I used to have no trouble landing interviews and the position of my choice. Things have definitely changed.
Worse, pretty much all signs point to a second leg of the recession dropping. I expect this recession to continue for at least another two years, perhaps four. If they keep stimulating us, it could go on for another 10 or 20. It just depends on how stupid
we are as a nation.
It's not looking good...
I'm wondering if anyone here is having the same experience. If so, what do you do to cope with the daily hopelessness?