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seems to be what I am getting from the job market these days.
Wow!
I hope the universe has something groovy in store for me, like a position at Google where they serve organic lunches! Yes, yes that would be nice.
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Matthew:
OK, you had your 5 minutes of gripe time - now it's time to get back to work (the job search). You goal is to stay focused on your objective (finding a job).
Since we are trying to use this forum as an educational tool (for job seekers) - can you enlighten us to your situation? Can you post a link to your resume'? What area of the country are you looking in - position desired, etc.
Good luck with the search - it's tough out there.
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My situation is that I was layed off in February from ipix.com here in the SF bay area. I was working there as a web developer.
I've been working numerous job boards, going to job fairs, and working personal contacts. The market is very severe for my skill set right now. So I spend mornings looking and afternoons learning.
I would like to do more server side web development with Perl or Java and am open to the SF Bay Area, the Boston Area, or LA.
http://www.positivemind.com/matthew_m_austin.htm
 
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Have you checked out the bostonworks.com site? Even if you ignore the jobs from resume collecting companies like kforce there seems to be some ok ones.

Originally posted by matthew austin:

I would like to do more server side web development with Perl or Java and am open to the SF Bay Area, the Boston Area, or LA.


 
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I'm checking it out now . . . thanks!
 
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Matthew:
In viewing your resume - here are some suggestions. Do not take this as a personal putdown or such - I'm just trying to help.
You have a lot of good stuff, and it's clear that you are not just out of one of these HTML schools. You do need to adjust some things and make your resume more easier to read.
So here are my suggestions:
1. You need to IMMEDIATELY on your resume - separate yourself from the 18 month HTML ripoff academies. This will take some work on your part - with the resume.
2. You need to get rid of the "Interests" section. If you belong to a Java or other IT professional user's group in the SF area - then put that down (especially if you are the president or vice president of such).
Sorry, but no one cares about your Yoga and Music.
3. Regarding the CBT classes - get rid of these, list in your skill set (the topics if you know them). CBT classes are viewed as a joke - and it looks like your "pushing" yourself. Something an entry-level HTML person would do.
4. Move your skillsets to the top of the resume. Can place in "bold" format if you want. Language/OS/Database should be at the top. You have alot of skills here - do not sell yourself short by burying them in your resume.
5. Regarding the Psych Degree - List it at bottom. Include the city/state/date where you got degree. Write out the months and use full xxxx for the year. You wouldn't want anyone to think you missed Y2K would you.
6. UCB - What's that? - Again, write it out - you need to be consisten across the entire resume.
7. Put your education in reverse chronological order - this way viewers are not slammed with the Psych Degree - this way the Degree can help - as you have it, but not listed prominently as to scare interviewers away.
8. You resume seems cluttered - might want to clean it up. Do not need the number of years of Java experience. Do not need the "TM" next to Java - it's childish and again you are "pushing".
9. If at all possible, have an MS-Word copy of your resume so you can spice it up with formatting tricks.
9A. Leave the "References on Request" - but center it. It shows closure of your resume.
9B. In the interest of separating yourself from the HTML kids - list SQL/XML (especially if you know it well enough to ace a junior-mid level tech interview) at the beginning of your list of skills. Take the HTML and place it in the middle of your skill set. You can play the game here - see what I mean.
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10. You can send my fee to the address at the top of my resume:

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11. Matthew: Again, accept this as constructive criticism. I think if you spend another 2 or 3 hours with the resume it may help your case. Remember, it's the resume that get's you the interview. It's you who gets the job.
Good luck and keep us posted.
John Coxey
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[This message has been edited by John Coxey (edited April 02, 2001).]
[This message has been edited by John Coxey (edited April 02, 2001).]
 
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Matthew:
I've been doing some more thinking.
Your title is "Web Developer" - to me that connotates that you are an HTML guy just out of school. Yet your resume lists SQL/XML - 2 very hot skills to know.
Perhaps you can change your resume to focus more on the SQL/XML. Try to work the SQL/XML into your objective.
Make your objective into a sledgehammer that grabs the reader's attention - I think you're missing an opportunity with the Objective - and again selling yourself short.
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Anyone out here have this type or experience - in changing "Web Developer" title to something else? We're open for suggestions.
Thanks.
John Coxey
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[This message has been edited by John Coxey (edited April 03, 2001).]
 
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Got it . . . I'll put my skills back at the top. It seems to go back and forth between skills at top and work experience.
-m
PS I made most of your suggested changes. Thanks for your help.
[This message has been edited by matthew austin (edited April 04, 2001).]
 
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I forgot to tell everyone that I got a job and have been working as of april 16th. Had to take a paycut, but seems pretty stable.
Its a jsp/servlet environment.
 
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Circumstances and timing I think made the most difference actually. There are a lot of folks out of work . . .
 
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Matthew Austin:
Thanks for sharing your success story with us.
Remember to never quit learning. Try to continue to gain skills/education to add to your resume.
I am back here in Philadelphia this week for interviews. The market really seems to have picked up the past 2 weeks.
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