Meg posted a piece today complaining about the fact that people applying for a tech job seem unwilling to read the instructions for applying before submitting their resumes. I can’t say that this surprises me. In early 2002, when the IT job market was as bad as it has ever been, we had an incredibly hard time finding one truly qualified Java developer. We looked at scads of resumes and there were very few standouts in the bunch. When really good people are out of work for awhile, it has to be an issue with seperating the wheat from the chaff, because for every poor candidate out there looking for a job, there must be 10 or 100 who already have one. As I prepare for an imminent job search, I don’t find this encouraging.