A scheme to lower engineers’ wages

There are times when I wish I could hire H1-Bs. When we announce an opening, we get no shortage of resumes, that's for sure. About half, we can toss immediately for being obviously unqualified or being so poorly written and edited we just don't want to waste our time. Of the interviews we set up, we get: People who show up late. People who show up looking ready for a day at the ball park. People who fall apart on the most basic questions. People who might interview well but wind up disqualified by a background investigation, reference checks, etc. It's very, very hard to find someone who actually wants to work and who's actually prepared to be a contributing member of the team. Lots of people want to show up and collect a paycheck, but that's as far as their ambition extends. The idea that companies want to hire foreigners through a government program is laughable. Sure, a government program is going to deliver "cheap slave labor". Uh-huh. They're required to pay H1-Bs the same as they would anyone else. But a lot of Americans who used to earn $50K really believe they're "worth" $100K, and when they see an H1-B get $50K the immediate reaction is, "Cheap slave labor!" Bull. Poppycock. Stuff and nonsense. Want to make sure your job isn't "stolen by a dirty furriner"? Start by losing the entitlement attitude. It isn't "your" job, it's your employers', and you're there to create value for them. Knock off with the, "I've been here for X years!" So what? That means you did your job yesterday. It still needs to be done today. Keep your skills current... nobody cares that you were a whiz 5 years ago. That technology is dead and gone, and your unwillingness to learn the new way (yes, probably on your own time, I do it all the time) doesn't manufacture some sort of obligation to keep you on.
— March 24, 2015 4:58 p.m.

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