Recently, I have asked one of my friends to forward my resume to their company. It seems my resume got a rejection comment from the hiring manager. I asked him if I could get the details of the rejection comments and I have got the response as below:
Thanks for the Reference This is to inform you that this Candidate got
Screen reject at Hiring Manager review will keep you informed if we can
consider this resume for any other open position.
Reason For Rejection -Not enough dev exposure or experience. And NO, not
much java dev exposure, no virtualization, no systems background, no
systems management domain
Thanks a Lot for the Reference
I am curios to know how I could counter this rejection comment so that I won't end up with the same thing again. So, I wanted to know what all I could add to my skill set to improve it. Does doing an SCJP/OCJP certification help to alleviate this?.
Getting a certificate that's purely theoretical (that's what the SCJP used to be, not sure if that changed recently) won't help you get development experience. Doing actual development work will. Might still not work for any particular company because you may have the wrong kind of experience for that company, but there's little you can do about that.
Do you want to work in the kind of role this company seems to have available? They say you don't have enough of these skills:
virtualization, systems background, systems management
This doesn't sound much like a pure development role (maybe more of a "devops" role?) so are these the kind of things you want to do? If not, maybe you were applying to the wrong person/company anyway.
Actually, the job description did not mention anything like devops. It just asked good knowledge on C++,java , unix etc. And I have applied. Perhaps as you mentioned, that was not a suitable role for me. Anyway thanks for your time guys:).
I have another question. One of the rejection comments seem to be about lack of java experience...is there any way to compensate that?. I mean does mastering stuff like struts,hibernate,web services be useful for those purposes?.
Actually, your thread title is wrong. It is not a case of overcoming that rejection. They are trying to be helpful, by explaining why. You should use that information both to select jobs you are more likely to be appointed to, and to overcome your weaknesses exposed there.
You are probably better off doing more Java development, maybe in an unpaid capacity, than trying to learn new techniques. If you can show a 100‑class application which you built, that will probably demonstrate experience a lot better.
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