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Currently working in a govt organization in India, I am having 1 year 9 months experience.
In span of 1 year, I have just written 10 java programs including 2 programs using jsp and servlets.For past 9 months I have not touch coding. I was given a work of doing risk assessment of our project as per iso 27001.worst part was everything is outsourced.
I am currently looking for shift. My biggest worry is what will recruiters expect out of me? Some say it is up to you how you perform in interview. But any smart recruiter will come to know that in spite of me having almost 2 years experience I have just done a work what other perosn will do 6 months.It is a must to have good hands on experience rather than theoretical knowledge. I am really in confused state as I don�t know how to proceed for job hunt.
My skill sets are core Java 5.0, JDBC, and JSP SERVLETS.

I am SCJP 5.0 certified and currently preparing for scwcd (310-083).

Kindly advice me on how to approach for job hunt in current Indian IT scenario.


Thanks in advance.
 
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It is a must to have good hands on experience rather than theoretical knowledge.


Could not agree more.
 
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Current Indian IT scenario is not so good for job seekers with your experience. It is not bad for job seekers with 4+ years of experience.

To answer your other query: When I am recruiting junior developers I will give preference to hands on experience but that is not the only selection criteria. For me the other things also matters like how quick he/she can learn, how he/she can fit into the team etc., Once we recruited a person with 2+ years experience in testing and who is eager to do Java coding. During interview process we understood that his attitude is good, he is quick in learning and he is having good theoretical Java knowledge. Initially for 3 months we used him for testing and later with some help he proofed that he is good Java Developer. So as long as you can convert your Java theoretical knowledge into practical Java you don't need to worry. At least some recruiters will look for it if not all recruiters.

Good Luck
 
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