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Finally got a job

 
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Hello all -
Thought it would be nice to post a thread with a different flavor.
After almost 18 months of intermittent unemployment and temporary contract jobs, I have finally been hired in a permanent position at a small web development company in NY.
Not much Java there, but much C#, SQL, Cold Fusion and PHP. But Java experience and SCJP were definitely important factors in setting me apart from the other candidates, and I don't feel that anything I have learned will not be applied and expanded in some way.
Do not congratulate too quickly, however; I was out sick the day of an important meeting, and just yesterday I accidentally deleted an entire directory of a great deal of work done by a colleague. So, be advised, that you may soon see me yet again posting questions such as: "Should I move to India?" and "How many certifications can I earn before I am evicted from my apartment?", etc...
Best to all...
 
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Never mind John, it happens!
Congrats and all the best!
BTW, mind sharing with us your test/interview experience?
- Manish
 
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Hi John,
Congratulations. Never mind those mistakes, it happens in real life. Your manager should know better forcing his subordinates to upload codes twice a day to the server for backing up. In your case, you still learn the rope at least in 6 months.
Would you mind share with us your techniques to land the position there?
Regards,
MCao
 
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If they don't back up important directories, either automatically or through CVS, I'd be worried about their competency. If they don't, sounds like you're first task should be offering to set these up for them. (Shows that you learn from mistakes. :-)
--Mark
 
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Hi all -
Thanks all for your comments...(and of course encouragement during this long time of unemployment)...
As for how I landed the job, I believe that my website had a lot to do with it (link as always in my signature), which generated much more interest after getting rid of the Flash approach, and changed it to demonstrate an MVC-pattern data-driven site (Cold Fusion Fusebox). My new boss said that a major deciding factor is that he could tell that I genuinely enjoy what I do.
As for the initial screw-ups, I mention them with a sense of humor and irony...I told my colleagues that everything happens for a reason, and a good thing that the folder deletion happened with work that can be easily replaced. Now I will initiate a backup plan (yes, I am a 'one-man-IT-dept' here!), which means that a much worse accident has been averted...I will also probably try to introduce version control..
Yes, they are a small company, and I think that's ideal for me...much less politics and dogma, more chances to make a difference and wear many hats...almost more like being in a band than a corporation...
 
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Congratulations
 
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Congrats...
I've been looking for a job just 12 months (also in NY area), so I still have 6 months to land a job...
Peter
 
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Congratulations John!
A few things that I find lacking in small companies.. (having worked in a small company myself at one time)
1. No Network Administration or horrible network administration (Everyone gets loads of spam everyrday and your network is the first reported instance of a virus attack being successful)
2. Nobody knows what software is installed on their machines. Everyone thinks they dont have anything.
3. A few of the CD's purchased by the company are missing. Basically a poor administration of the software library
4. All kinds of services running on people's machines. E.g. everyone has IIS running on their desktops and a few even have SQL Server running
You might want to check for these and fix all of 'em Good Luck!
 
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John,
Love your website, particularly the downloadable example applications. That really shows competency. I think I'll make a site like that for myself. It seems to add an extra bit of professionalism. I like the website and the idea of having a CD with resume and source code.
Jon
 
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John,
Congratulations on your success. Did you finally land your job through a job agency or did you apply directly ? With your web-site you'll have done a great job marketing yourself!
regards
 
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Hi John,
Congratulations. Your portfolio looks so impressive that I cannot believe you were looking for eighteen months.
I�ve done a web site as well, but I was limited to software that I could download and install for free. That means, no Oracle, weblogic or Microsoft products. How can I get my hands on those and how can I convince a potential employer that my freelance project is as good as a commercially developed one?
Thanks
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Thanks to all for your great advice, kind wishes, and kudos...
I got this job off of www.craigslist.org, where it was advertised directly by the employer. Typically the jobs posted there are for very short-term, low-paying contracts. This one was a fluke.

Originally posted by Sam Walker:

...I was limited to software that I could download and install for free. That means, no Oracle, weblogic or Microsoft products. How can I get my hands on those and how can I convince a potential employer that my freelance project is as good as a commercially developed one?


You can download Oracle 9i free from Oracle (free registration required)...you only pay when using it commercially - it's free for developers to use educationally. IIS/.NET Framework are free with Windows, and there is also a free developer version of Weblogic. Add the code to your portfolio if you can't deploy working examples commercially.
Search Google for Microsoft Web Matrix for a great free .NET IDE..it's a very stripped-down VisualStudio.net...Many great e-books available through Kazaa and e-Mule for all of the above...
 
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Congratulations John. It doens't matter whether the company's big or small. You're working and doing something you enjoy. Your website is cool. In fact, I'm gonna do one based on your setup. Good luck!
 
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