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Recent grad, entry level jobs

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I just got my BS in Computer Science (3.5 GPA) in the Summer of 2000 and I just became Java 2 Certified on Dec 19th, 2000. I was working for a very small company for 5 months and I was laid off at the end of november. Right now Im looking for a new job, but I'm finding it very difficult since I have very little experience in the field. And it seems to me that a lot of the companies prefer experience over an education, especially recruiting agencies. I know I dont have a lot of experience, but having gotten my BSCS with a good GPA should be a good indication of a person's intellectual abilities and potential to learn and adapt faily quickly and hence do an excellent job.
But well, thats life. I just have to keep looking and hope I get the right opportunity.
Any suggestions, from those experienced and inexperienced?
Thank you all

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You've hit the nail right on the head. Suggestions I've given to others on this list is to work on some projects on your own. This way, 6 months from now, even if your take a job off of your career track to pay the bills, you'll have gained some experience, and may even have a small demo of your own you can show to potential employers, complete with source code.
In the mean time, you're more then welcome to send me a resume :-)
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My advice follows along the same line as Mark's. Keep learning. I would recommend that you continue to do some projects on your own - and not some 50 line applet either - I am thinking more in the 3,000 lines of code type of project.
Also, try to branch out your skills into Servlets. There is a company called New Atlanta Corporation (I don't have their web site handy) that has a 30 or 60 day trial version of their servlet engine. They also have great documentation and are a good starting point for your inital foray into Java Servlets.
Also, XML, EJB are good to know.
Your main goal should be to keep adding skills to your resume. Also, the job market should start picking up again this week - people are comming out of the holiday mood - and budgets for this year should have been formalized by now.
Get your resume out there and on the boards. You need to keep hitting the doors and eventually something will happen. In the meantime - keep studying.
John Coxey
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