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I think a great user-input for Careers would be "Dream Jobs."

I personally believe companies should be eager to hire an engineer that is passionate about the technologies they utilize. -- Many engineers (like me) fall into "career traps" that they would desperately like to escape.

Depending on the circumstances, I might eagerly consider a job for practically no salary if it involved a technology that I was interested in studying. (e.g. Python-based web apps?)

Update:

I'm afraid my blurb about working for no pay has skewed my intent.

What I was trying to suggest was it would be nice to have a section for "Technologies I'm Interested in Working With." -- I'm personally fortunate in that I have demonstrated success in a niche skill-set (as reflected in my resume) but would really enjoy learning something new. I'm certainly a believer in self-motivated study (in the very few hours I have away from my current day job) but making the switch without a defined project/projects to work on can only take you so far.

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So if my job just happens to include some of these "interesting technologies to learn", I would gladly pay you $10/day to do my job for me. I'll enjoy the salary and you enjoy the work. Everyone wins! haha. –  Troggy Oct 25 '09 at 2:29
    
Hm.. On the face of it, "working for ~free" may sound rather silly.. but, this is basically how you get into the "film industry": 1) work for free in an area you're interested in, 2) do a good job, 3) get paid work on the directors future work. Not quite sure the same applies to programming - seems this is the void filled by working on open-source projects.. –  dbr Oct 25 '09 at 17:59
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I thought the way to get into the film industry was to sleep with the producer? That really isn't going to work in the software industry. –  Tom Hawtin - tackline Oct 26 '09 at 1:39
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That's what the 'Favorite Technologies' tags are for.

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Good point. Thanks! –  Nate Oct 25 '09 at 21:01
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Can you describe how such a feature might manifest itself in the site? e.g. a description of your ideal job (technologies, working conditions, hours etc)?

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I've updated the original post. What I was hoping for was something akin to "technologies I'm interested in working with." –  Nate Oct 25 '09 at 19:08
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