JF February 27, 2009 2:06 pm

And why shouldn't the pink-slipped workers be looking out for #1? Clearly, their employers are looking out for THEMSELVES when they treat the employees like cattle, to be bought, sold, and slaughtered. Employers regularly troll social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, firing (or not hiring) employees using information that they could not have otherwise legally obtained, with no repercussions. Graphic artists for hire keep copies of their work in what is called a portfolio, creators of film, video, and music for hire keep examples in their demo reels. Since many employers will now say "show us examples of your work," what exactly DOES a coder who create symphonies in Java, C#, ASP, PHP, DHTML, etc., have to demonstrate their skills?