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U.S. high-tech worker shortage a myth

A reader writes that though she's a qualified tech worker, she has been searching for a job for 10 months. And the same goes for almost every high-tech worker she knows.


U.S. high-tech worker shortage a myth

In response to the Jan. 22 article "H-1B visas jump in 2001":

I am a U.S. citizen with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in computer engineering, and I'll have finished my doctorate in the next few months. I also have nearly a decade of solid industry experience. Yet I was laid off last March from a company I helped start, and I still haven't been able to find a job.

It's very frustrating sending out hundreds of resumes and carefully targeted cover letters, but never getting any replies. Yet the United States still imports thousands of additional H-1Bs each year, complaining of a fictitious lack of skilled high-tech employees. If they can't find skilled employees here in the United States, they should contact me: Almost every high-tech worker I know is unemployed right now. It's very frustrating.

Time to get back to the 10th month of my job search now. Thank you for bringing this problem to light.

Kelly Morrison



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