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I was about to send e-mails to local software companies. Does this look okay?

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am currently looking for work experience to become a software developer and am offering my unpaid services.

I have a BSc in Computer Science, good programming knowledge and have office experience. I have also scheduled an exam for January, the Oracle Certified Professional Java SE7 Programmer.

Please have a look at my CV and contact me if interested.

Best Regards,
Syed

 
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Sounds like you're looking for an internship; have you searched job sites for one of those?
 
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I don't know, it seems that once I sift through all the vacancies that:
- Require a recent graduate or someone studying (I graduated in 2007)
- Someone expecting or already attained a 2:1 (I attained a 2:2)

I apply and still end up not getting the job. That's why it's getting frustrating and I'm offering to work for free in local companies.
 
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I would use the term internship as opposed to "unpaid services".
 
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Syed Islam wrote:
- Require a recent graduate or someone studying (I graduated in 2007)


You might also want to consider documenting on your CV/letter the reason for the gap (2007-2013) and what you were doing during that period. Companies are interested is such information, even for people with regular jobs
 
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I think this discussion would fit better in another forum, so I shall move it. Please have a look at the top thread in “Jobs Wanted” and tailor what you send out accordingly.
 
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Open source is an option too, if you are more interested in coding.
 
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Maneesh Godbole wrote:

Syed Islam wrote:
- Require a recent graduate or someone studying (I graduated in 2007)


You might also want to consider documenting on your CV/letter the reason for the gap (2007-2013) and what you were doing during that period. Companies are interested is such information, even for people with regular jobs


I don't really know how to explain this to employers or if they'll like the truth.

I graduated in 2007 and really struggled to find an IT related job. I could not imagine it would be so difficult to find a job and it became worse once the recession started.

I found a job working as a repair technician on specialist security equipment. Whilst I was there I applied for IT jobs but no luck. After a while I got fed up with applying because no one was even replying to my applications and my employer was keeping me very busy with 10 hour work shifts.

In my job, sometimes I would install/reinstall specialist software and test it on equipment. I would analyse a lot of logs from the software to diagnose faults. Funnily enough I spoke to my employer the other day and he said if I am struggling, I could mention on my CV that I wrote some software for the company (stock control or reporting system).

What would you guys do or say in my situation?
 
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Is it far? Can you phone HR and discuss the problem?
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:Is it far? Can you phone HR and discuss the problem?


Hi, are you referring to the lack of experience problem or graduated a long time ago problem?
 
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Aren't they different facets of the same problem? Otherwise, both.
 
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Devise your strategy and follow it persistently. After every month, review and revise your strategy. Sometimes you need to take 360 degree turn or sacrifice (e.g. drop in pay, relocating, unpaid, etc) to just get your foot in the door.

You can try a number of avenues to get the much needed hands-on experience. Smaller organizations are more likely to offer on a voluntary basis. You can also try charity and community organizations.

I have shared some of my thoughts at How to get an entry level job as a Java developer?.
 
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arulk pillai wrote:Sometimes you need to take 360 degree turn


That doesn't sound like much of a deviation at all
 
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