Job hunting? Here’s a couple of quickies for you.

April 14, 2011


Things are starting to turn the corner on the jobs front. While tech jobs in general – and PHP developer jobs in specific – fared better than most sectors, it was rough there for a while. So now that things are starting to turn around, many developers are starting to move from “hunkered down” mode and are starting to consider their options. Here are a couple of recent blog posts to start you thinking.

My good friend Scott (the anti-pimp) Gordon wrote “If you’ve not worked in the last 90+ days…”. Ok, so it’s not really words of encouragement but it is a very short post that helps you take a quick assessment of yourself it you have been looking around for a while and can’t seem to get a nibble. Scott is a recruiter (Scarlet R) in Nashville, TN and really has a feel for the job market for developers.

Over on Yahoo! News, they recently posted “10 Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job” by Ashley Jacobs. While this one is not specific to developers or even IT, it’s still a great read.

Chances are if you are lucky enough to have a job, the thought of quitting sounds ridiculous. With the unemployment rate at an all time high, most people are thanking their lucky stars to be employed.

But even in a bad economy some jobs are just not worth it. Are there any telltale signs you should be looking for when trying to decide if you throw in the towel? Here are ten signs to look for to determine if it’s time to find a new job:

Don’t let this post be an encouragement to leave. Really good jobs are almost as hard to come by as really good developers. If you’ve got one, find a way to make it work instead of packing it in. However, if you are determined to leave, consider the advice in these articles.

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PC's. For the past 10 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is currently based in Nashville, TN and is gainfully unemployed as the Chief Marketing Officer of Blue Parabola, LLC. Cal is happily married to wife 1.28, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at and is the founder and host of Day Camp 4 Developers

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