The Doldrums

March 16, 2009 at 7:53 am 2 comments

We all know that demand for RIA and Flex jobs in America and the England have remained high, despite the recession. But that’s little comfort to Flex experts who live elsewhere in the world. (Badu and Marin, for example).

It’s ironic. Within their borders, America and the England are desperate for skilled Flex/ActionScript experts. But all they have to do reach beyond those borders.

I’ve tried applying for jobs in America. Most don’t write back. One sent me a short email, reminding me that I was a British citizen, not an American. The streets of London may be paved with gold – but I’ve no desire to return to England.

I’ve been happy working around Asia. And often busy. I’d lined up two jobs over the next few months.

But suddenly both turned out to be mirages. Now I’ve noticed fewer opportunities. And more local skilled candidates chasing those opportunities than there were previously. The locals are cheaper than I am.

So I’ve been searching the internet for opportunities. In Asia, elsewhere, in industry, and in universities.

Nothing yet.


Entry filed under: Adobe AIR.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Marin  |  March 16, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Unfortunately the foreigners are feeling the crisis and the dead job market the strongest. It’s ironic indeed, currently in Prague, the police is organizing hunts in the metro, where you can usually find many foreigners and they mass-check them if they have work permits and visas, etc, because honestly they don’t want them anymore in here. Only last week 2 foreign guys killed themselves, because they were facing deportation back to their countries … that’s not the usual perception one has about Prague eh ? 🙂

  • 2. Joeflash  |  March 17, 2009 at 4:58 am

    These trends go in cycles. In 2007-2008, the market was hot for freelancers. Then, with so many talented people about, companies believed they could get a better deal and have more people in-house. This decision is largely fuelled by the need to tighten their belts with the US recession. So companies are once again looking for full-time in-house talent, and foreigners need not apply.

    As a Canadian living right next door, so to speak, this is also frustrating — companies whom before would have no qualms about my working remotely now insist that I work on-site hundreds of miles away. Of course as a Canadian, it’s not impossible to get a work permit in the US, but it’s not my home, and I have no desire to be employed by someone else. Freelancing suits me, and I’ve done pretty well at it.

    So chin up, man. The trend will reverse soon enough later this year, when companies realize that there’s a shortage of skilled talent, and CNN takes a break from pounding the message of recession into everyone’s heads. And then the doors will open once again for freelancers abroad.

    Meanwhile, create opportunities. If the job you want doesn’t exist, create it. Get together with other out-of-work developers in your area (or form a remote cooperative), and sell yourselves as a team.

    Use your spare time to create a personal project, show people, don’t tell them what you can do. My days as an interactive designer have taught me quite a few good lessons about marketing myself. The key is to have your fingers in as many pies sharing what you can do and helping others learn. That’s how good connections are built.


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