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Eclipse Jobs?

I’ve been pondering about committer-related things a lot lately since elections are coming up for committer representatives on the board (it’s better than running a smear campaign of YouTube videos against Ed Merks ;P).

Since the new year has started, I’ve been trying to think of an issue that bothers me personally and colleagues of mine. A common complaint I see from peers and job-seekers is the difficulty in finding Eclipse-related jobs and finding Eclipse-related talent within the Eclipse ecosystem. Any searches using the major search engines seems to be overcome by the pestilence of JEE-related jobs out there. At Eclipse, we have an obscure eclipse.employment newsgroup that doesn’t get much traffic because I can only count the people on one hand who are in hiring positions that would think of using a newsgroup to post jobs.

What’s the solution? I’m not sure, but to start, I’d probably create something like an where people can be informed of the various resources to find Eclipse-related jobs. If we want to get fancy, maybe we can allow Eclipse members to post jobs that specifically target the Eclipse ecosystem. In the end, I would want the people who think “I want an Eclipse-related job” and “I need Eclipse talent” go to the same place for information.

To help remedy this issue and open it up for the discussion, I opened a bug. If this is a concern for you and you have any thoughts on how to make things better, please comment and voice your support.