The job market in Boston is still pretty good. Though I think I did the smart thing - I did contract work last year when the money was good, and when it started to get harder to find contracts (late last fall) I started looking for a perm job. I started this job (as the only designer at a full-service firm) on January 2nd. I'll eventually get to build the department up the way I want it. And there are lots of talented folks to choose from, a nice thing from this side of the fence. We're aggressively hiring for two positions: an extremely senior applications architect and an extremely senior project manager, if anyone wants to work a couple of miles north of Boston. =) --Johannah.