I have one year experience in Java and I got laid off and took 2 years break to have a baby and we were out of the country for a while. Now I am trying to get back to work. I brushed up my skills and passed SCJP, but all the job openings need J2EE experience which I do not have. Now what should I do to improve my chances of getting a job? How can I get experience?
1. Sun J2EE certifications be any helpful?
2. I am even prepared to volounteer my time to gain some experience, but I do not know how to find a reliable project this way and how to approach?
Your story sound very familiar. I am coming off a 3 year, 3 child "hiatus". (we now have a 3 year old and 11 month old twins).
I have also taken and passed the 310-035 test, so would be interested as well to hear what other suggest for us to get back into the work force.
posted 15 years ago
Take your time.. do not give up. One needs lot of perseverence to 'come back'.
Normal job hunt time is 2 to 3 months. When we are trying to return from a break, it generally takes longer.
1. But keep trying as if it can materialize tomorrow. Make your best efforts. 2. Have some activity side by side. Some study work. As you will get drained after 3/4 months.. and the negative replies will start eating your head 3. Something to be kept in mind - Remember you took the break for the marriage, kid etc. Remove all that and rewind by 3 years and you would have still had a fantastic career. So do not blame it all on you if it is taking a lil more time. Take lil easy on yourselves.
All the best!
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