Summer of 2001, even before 9/11, the job market was pretty bad. I remember seeing my college colleagues drop like flies on a mailing list setup via our professor. Her majesty and I were the only ones out of a group of 10 left with jobs. Industry events were typically somber affairs as meetings got less and less enthusiastic about new work, and more about is there work, who do you know, and frankly can I have a job?
“Will design and/or code for food” was the mantra of the day.
Fast-forward 2 years to today. At the Atlanta Macromedia Users’s group watching the Breeze presentation from Macromedia about upcoming products and features.
7 Flash positions. Seven. Absolutely nuts. Everyone in the room was so apathetic when the job announcements were made, too, because … well, most of them were hiring vs. being talent to hire, me included (looking for 2). The same held true for after meeting networking, and the need for contractors. I don’t carry business cards for a reason.
This won’t last long kids… Flash is hot; milk it!