I receive, on average 6 emails per week from technology headhunters and I turn down, on average 2 or 3 projecs per month. Feast or famine, I suppose. If was unemployed, I'm sure Murphy's Law would route those offers elsewhere. My employer doesn't wave the "employer's market" banner. Decent human beings in manager's clothes don't do that.
I have a friend/professional peer who isn't so lucky. Richard called me and was beside himself in annoyance and anger, ready to quit his job. We chatted over beers about his work situation, let’s call him Richard.
His manager is a little man, like Bob Parr's manager on The Incredibles. They are on-call 24/7 and he works 70 hour weeks for a too-low salary that isn't commensurate with his job description or his experience. The manager is demeaning. He yells at the employees, ties their hands (figuratively) with silly policies. He reads their email and pours over their web surfing logs with interest. He is chauvinist, racist, dishonest and rude.
Richard has been working on improving his education through certifications and he’s been saving from his modest pay to build a little financial cushion so that he could make a move to another company. After our small liquid-therapy session, Rich decided to step back in line – grin and bear it for another two months. On January 1st, he’ll be moving to a new job, one way or another.
How about you? In this so/called employer’s market are you a “grin and bear it” or have you managed to find decent and benevolent managerial overlords?