Since the end of 2007, most of us have heard about “The Great Recession”. Okay, many of us have not only heard about the recession but are living it. In this morning’s Los Angeles Times, Faye Fiore writes about a Philadelphia woman, who recently exhausted all her unemployment benefits and is now suffering unable to find a job trying now to start her own company.

What if I told you that the housing bubble burst and the collapse of the financial sector is not the only forces at play for unemployment. What if I told you that unemployment headaches will continue after the official end of “The Great Recession?” The answer sadly is that the problems that we have now are not stemming from the Wild, Wild West days of the financial sector but rather much of our unemployment that we have now, at least in the technology sector and others, originated far earlier. We have to roll back the clock to the late nineties.

What am I talking about? I am talking about what few in our government will.

1. Outsourcing
2. H1-B Visa
3. Dot-Com Bubble Burst

I first heard of outsourcing in the 1980s, when blue collar work was first outsourced to foreign lands. I then heard about Call Centers, which to this day still ticks me off having to talk to an offshore call center. I did pay too much attention, as I was not affected. I talked about the topic with a friend of mine, but that was as far as it went.

2001 saw the Dot-Com bubble burst. I placed that as a third item above, because the tech sector never really recovered. I know. I am in the tech sector. Companies do hire, but they outsource and bring in H1-B visa applicants, mostly from India, when dealing with software.

Even big companies, such as Verizon and others are Evangelical when it comes to outsourcing and H1-B visas. When I worked at Verizon, I saw first hand that they definitely were hiring, just not American citizens. I am not an isolationist, so do not give me wrong. I understand about global presence and the like, but that does not mean that safeguards should not be put in place. A friend of mine and I have talked about the need for companies to pay some money each and every single year for each H1-B visa that a company wants to employ, but I am sidetracking now and that is a topic of another post. Just for being complete, my friend advocates $1 Million USD per H1-B visa employee per year, whereas I think that a non-tax deductible fee of say $100,000 to $200,000 per year per employee would depending upon the type of employee would get the point across.

The point that I am trying to make is that when the recession does end, jobs will not be plentiful. Maybe in years to come, small business will make up for the lack of jobs now like in previous recessions and that will employ people. We shall see.

In the here and now, finding a job is not a simple matter as hanging your resume out your door and waiting for the offers to come pouring in. Nor do we live in times, when sending out 5 resumes will get you a job.

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Sarah M. Weinberger
Butterflyvista Corporation

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