Many people perceive the information technology field as impervious to downturns in the economy or employment levels, but the current economic crisis has caused many long-time tech workers to lose their jobs along with other skilled workers.
Through my work as an information technology manager at an area food bank I work with volunteers and part-time technology workers. I came to the food bank three years ago after getting laid off after working 15 years at an area technology firm serving a large trucking company that once employed 70,000 people, but downsized to 35,000 workers. To help these workers who are helping the food bank, I am interested in their job seeking experience. Here's a brief profile of an unemployed systems administrator who is volunteering with the food bank while looking for work.
What type of computer or technology work do you do?
Worked 18 years performing systems administration for Linux systems on blade servers with SAN-attached storage. Started with SuSE flavor of Linux, which is more prevalent in Europe, but getting more requests for RedHat support.
How long have you been unemployed?
Been unemployed for a year. Have had four job interviews during this time.
What do you think about finding work in the technology field?
Finding workplaces needing a cross-section of skills, such as both Linux and Windows. This job requirement is different in years past when employers would only require a specialized skill like Windows only.