Bill Gates is having trouble finding good quality programmers to work as software engineers.
We're so moved by his pleas to an uncaring congress that we want to help. It's not fair to make the poor man suffer through searching the entire world with a stack of visas in hand when we know that the people he needs are right here in the USA.
It's us, that's right, us.
Bill has said, "Microsoft is trying to hire every great college graduate who has basic computer-science skills", and if you have a degree you are a college graduate. You also certainly have "Basic computer-science skills" if you have any experience at all.
But the company prefers to hire new college graduates. You might be a little bit too old, but I don't actually want to believe that that means age discrimination.
So we're beginning to understand when he says, "It's a big problem for us that we can't get these great students," and goes on to explain,"I'd certainly get rid of the H-1B visa caps."
So here's how you can help Bill out of this jam. Show him that if he can't find enough new college grads that he should take a look at experienced college grads.
Send him your resume and tell him that you're ready to report for duty.