Why should they hire you when they can find a “”junior person”” willing to eat, sleep, and toil at the office for pennies on your journeyman’s dollar? It takes more savvy and persistence than ever for experienced professionals to beat the system.
Before crafting a strategy for bursting the job barriers, let’s look at what you’re up against. Say you’re an experienced C++ programmer. Microsoft, which has been moving with little fanfare to a large facility in Bangalore, India, can hire a local, proficient programmer to do the work at the local rate of $10,000 for which they pay Washingtonians $65,000 a year. This is just the beginning.
How bad is it going to get? Forrester Research claims that by 2015, 3.3 million professional jobs will move overseas–permanently. A Brookings Institution report predicts that high-tech centers in Connecticut, Boulder, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Massachusetts should expect 17 percent fewer jobs in software engineering and programming before the decade passes. And this is just one sector of the economy.
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