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Java Rookie Blues!!

 
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I need a place to vent. I need an audience larger than my friends who are ALL employed heheh.
Synopsis :
I was the sole developer for a fledgling startup for about 2 years. I built it all with Lotus Notes/Domino that allowed me to learn HTML, JavaScript and CSS in the process. When we finally got funding I had a team to work with. We created 2 other applications bringing it to 5. I was the main supporter/developer for all this and had a nice position in the company. I left because I was not happy being re-located and the fact that they decided to ditch Java. So I decided to strike back to NYC to start over as Junior Developer.
I thought having some sample apps would help my search. So I took some time off from work and created a webmail application (Source and stuff on http://www.muibros.com/projects.html ). I learned alot from this experience about the Java language and web technologies.
I've been looking for a job for close to 3 weeks now. I have not had one company interview and I am getting really frustrated (though 3 recruiters interviewed me). I have 2 years of work experience and didn't think I'd have a problem taking a job from a new graduate (I'm evil so sue me hehe).
My last ditch effort (before I go back to Notes) is to get my SCJP, which I did today. What am I doing wrong? I'm looking for a position in NY. Posted all over, dice, monster etc; etc;
Resume here : http://www.muibros.com/resume.html
Thanks I feel better now!
Danny Mui
Java Water boy

[This message has been edited by maha anna (edited December 14, 2000).]
 
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Hi Danny,
I hope you don't mind. I just edited the link which refers to your projects. Previously it had a .(DOT) with it . So 404 not found shown.
I think now most people are on vacation. This could be a reason. And now lot of java people are coming out each day and the competition is more than 6 months back. This is just my opinion. Also another thing is instead of expecting people to find us, we can target on companies areawise. For example here in raleigh www.rtpjug.org site is there. It is Java User Group's site and got a Jobs link where local people come and post. We can have a look at simillar groups.
Keep trying. You WILL definitly be rewarded for your hard work!
With best wishes,
Maha Anna.
 
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Thanks for the advice! I'm going to hunt them down and beg them all to hire me !
Vacation? People in IT have them? I think I was working for the wrong companies!!!
 
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You are right. No vacation for IT people. I meant to say 'Recruiters'. I heard they generally take vacation during X'mas and New year period.
regds
maha anna
 
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I see you hold recruiters in the same light as me!
 
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Danny:
A couple of observations:
1. It is XMAS/NEW YEARS - Things are going to be dead for the next three weeks - until around Jan 8th timeframe. People are on vacation, there is year-end processing to consider (for IT departments), and 2001 budgets are still being considered.
2. Given your expertise (the fact you have BS-Comp.Sci. and
SJCP) - you should have no problem finding a Java related job. So I figure that item #1(above) is why you are not getting calls.
3. Verify that you can read your resume on-line at the sites that you posted to. I know employers had trouble with my resume on both dice.com and javajobs.com until I converted it to straight ASCII text.
4. Be forewarned, you will get slammed with 10-15 useless phone calls a day (recruiters looking for a quick $$$). Reason I suggested in other posts that you only post to 1 or 2 boards initially.
5. Your resume objective states: "Software Development position with Java using the software and web development experience garnered through previous projects".
While, I do not think item #5 is responsible for your low return
of phone calls - it does sound rather weak. Example: You use "development" twice in the same sentence. Also, I would recommend getting rid of "the" between "using" and "software". It reads a letter better without the "the" (just my two cents worth).
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All in all, I think you will have a great chance after the holidays. I would repost your resume to these sites after the holidays. Remember, the longer your resume stays on a board - the farther down the list it appears. Repost - so your resume jumps to the top of the list.
Don't forget about www.javajobs.com as well. I got a lot of quality hits from this site.
Hope this helps.
John Coxey
(jpcoxey@aol.com)
 
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Got my first job offer just before christmas. They sent me the contract on the 26th. First christmas present I ever got (we don't do presents here).

Originally posted by maha anna:
You are right. No vacation for IT people. I meant to say 'Recruiters'. I heard they generally take vacation during X'mas and New year period.
regds
maha anna


 
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