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|Originally Published: Tuesday, 18 September 2001||Author: John R. Morris|
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Dr. Linux Job, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dotbomb
Dr Strangelove had it all figured out back in the sixties. Today more and more people are facing that unemployed nihilism. John Morris looked the beast in the face and did not blink. He sends us his top ten list for surviving the current economy.
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Like many others, I was laid off from my job at a dot-com, after being subjected to long hours, foolish management, and empty promises. Now, I was never a true believer that my former employer would get rich giving (yes, giving) money away on the Internet, but it was a job, it paid pretty darn well, and allowed me to use Linux, Perl and other favorites of mine, which more traditional businesses hadn't discovered yet, for the most part.
After three or so months of pathetic (did you know there is a cap on unemployment?) income, bill collectors and sleepless nights, I landed a great job working with Unix & Linux at the Center for Advanced Computer Research at Caltech. Along the way, I discovered some facts from my successes and failures, and those of my friends, which may be of use to you.
Whether it is dating or job hunting, there is a learning curve till you get to the acceptable level of expertise. Below are ten tips I've found that helped me, and may help you:
The failure of the dot-coms was inevitable, and is actually a good thing. A boom based on nothing is valueless, and will always eventually come crashing down. Just think how bad it would be if had continued unabated for five more years, and then crashed. IT jobs are becoming more necessary, not less.
Well, I hope that is helpful, and I wish you good luck.
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