Where have all the qualified candidates gone?
I own a software company, and I'm been on Vortex since the early days. I have four positions open right now, three technical and one not. We're offering very strong salaries and benefits for all positions, and we're willing to train. Our job postings are sensibly written and prominently posted (locally at all the school online job boards, on CL and nationally on Monster), our offices are in a great location - even convenient to Atlanta's (miserable) public transit system.
I'm hiring a .NET Developer, a SQL Server DBA, an Operations/Project Manager and an In-House SEO. I get that these positions are in high demand, but Atlanta as a Tech market has always been strong.
We're getting a flood of applicants for the Operations/PM position - mostly folks with overnight degrees from for-profit colleges, and not much relevant work experience. I suspect we'll be able to fill this position, in time.
We're getting almost no applicants at all for the three technical positions. These positions have been open for 6+ months, and it's really becoming an impediment to growth of the company.
The News isn't kidding - unemployment in High Tech is truly at an all time low. As an employer with open positions in High Tech fields, this is a real bummer. I don't know whether qualified candidates just aren't out there, or if they're being snapped up by faster/bigger/better funded companies.