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Subject:  Re: Lost Decade Recap Date:  12/11/2010  4:44 PM
Author:  Rocannon Number:  4919 of 5245


What do you mean by "Multivalue" developers?

Last couple of rates I got were around $60/h (this was 2007-08), for temp-to-perm positions though. I was always very open to contract jobs, but couldn't find them or the rates were awful. I liked the idea of contract work because I felt like it would expose me to a lot of different work environments and keep me from getting bored/annoyed.

I guess rates must vary a lot depending on your specialty and domain, too.

But if you ar willing to go anywhere, I'm pretty sure you can find something. When you have gaps with no work, that's the fun part when you can goof off.

I've always been willing to go anywhere, and have moved for almost every new job I've taken. It's a pain to move (hence the RV angle is attractive), but I like getting to try out new cities.

The problem with the gaps is that it has always taken me between 3-6 months of pretty active searching to find new employment. There's a certain amount of goofing off in the mix, but it was never hugely enjoyable because of the anxiety about how long I'd be unemployed. Are you really able to relax and have fun when unemployed? If so, you're lucky! :)

I've got to admit though, the last "gap" in '07 was a bit surreal. I kept expecting my net worth to slowly sink because the paychecks weren't coming in while I was still paying rent and COBRA, but instead it kept moving up, because of market trends. That was the point when I started to feel like I had made a lot of progress towards retirement.

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