With four years C experience, and the SCJP under your
belt (especially with all of your demo work), you should
be able to find a Java developer position rather easily. I
hope my story provides some inspiration.
Whatever you do, do not post your resume to all of the big
Internet sites at one time - you will be utterly swamped with
phone calls. I posted here (just as a response to someone's
question in the Job Discussion forum) as well as on Dice and
JavaJobs.com and was overwhelmed with over 75 recruiters and
about 15 actual companies. A lot were in Texas and Calif (where
I did not want to relocate).
I do not have the SCJP, but have been looking now for
2 months. I want to relocate to Colorado (you may have seen
this on other posts). Well, I finally have 2 different
companies flying me out for interviews this month. I actually
leave for Denver tomorrow at 6AM. So things look good.
I also looked around the Philladelphia area (just a little
bit - to see what the head hunters could dig up), and have had
four on-site interviews in the past two weeks. One of them
involves teaching 50% of the time and consulting 50% of the
time. The company has an in-house certification program that you have to pass in order to be an instructor - but they pay for
all this. So I am kind of curious - still waiting for an offer
(did 2 on-site interviews with them last week).
Will let you know how things go.