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Help with breaking into the job market

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I am a software professional with nearly 6 years of industry experience. I have been in consulting throughout ( 1.5 yrs in India and the rest in US) working on various client server projects. I am also a certified Oracle DBA.
Now I am try to move into the Java world. I have in-depth knowledge of core java, servlets, EJB and RMI. Companies have interviewed me, have been very impressed but after, usually 3 rounds of interviews, have come back saying I do not have hands on. They are atmost willing to start me out as a college fresher, which is heart breaking.
I am in Columbus, OH and hence the job search is limited to this place. Can anybody suggest to me how else I can venture into this market? I am working on the SCJP and plan to take it in Jan.
Also, are there any suggestions on what type of independent projects I can do which I can put down on my resume to show some experience. I am also willing to do some part time free-lancing to start with.
If anybody is interested, I can send them my resume.
Any help would be appreciated.
P.s. How can I attach my resume here?
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