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Is reducing the relavent java-j2ee experience in resume fine as most requirement are for < 7 years

 
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I have seen in in job portals and walkins in India that most requirements for java is for <7 years. In that case is it ok to reduce relavent java-j2ee experience in resume and say in interview that my total experience is so and so but in java/j2ee I have worked e.g 6.5 years (relevant experience).
 
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Why on earth should it be all right to claim less experience than you actually have?
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:Why on earth should it be all right to claim less experience than you actually have?


I don't know about India, but I have seen plenty of jobs specifying up to N years of experience, in the UK and elsewhere, presumably because it's a way of introducing an implicitly ageist requirement for less experienced (usually = younger = cheaper) staff without explicitly saying so. The desire for less experienced staff might be because the employer thinks a more experienced person will want more money, or will get bored, or it might be that they are nervous about exposing their IT practices to more experienced people who might know better. And sometimes they think that a more experienced developer is somehow a failure, because they expect people to go into non-technical management roles by the time they've been around for e.g. 7 years. I've seen this attitude in very hierarchical organisations, for example.

Of course, I would be surprised if any sensible employer would reject a good candidate for having 7 years experience instead of 6, but not all employers are sensible!

@Satyaprakash:
  • Are you sure this is really a maximum limit e.g. can you call a recruitment agent and just ask them about this? It might be that you are worrying unnecessarily and your extra experience will be fine. In any sane world it should be!
  • If having more experience is an problem, can you just say something like "over 6 years of Java EE experience"? I would certainly avoid telling lies on your job application, but if you can make things a little vague it might be OK. Be prepared to explain your experience honestly in an interview, though.
  • And definitely say "Java EE" or "enterprise Java", because "J2EE" is obsolete anyway.
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    Agree that “over 6 years” would be an acceptable compromise.
     
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    chris webster wrote:but not all employers are sensible!


    Quoted for truth.

    chris webster wrote:And sometimes they think that a more experienced developer is somehow a failure, because they expect people to go into non-technical management roles by the time they've been around for e.g. 7 years.


    Yeah, with 37 years of coding experience I make some people's head explode.
     
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    Another reason for < X years in a job requirement is when you have two job postings:

    "junior developer" < x years
    "senior developer" > x years

    In this case, the employer is trying to encourage people to apply to the right position.
     
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    chris webster says

    If having more experience is an problem, can you just say something like "over 6 years of Java EE experience"? I would certainly avoid telling lies on your job application, but if you can make things a little vague it might be OK.



    That should be possible. In India, 3- 8 years experience has maximum IT jobs. And with 7-8 years experience also one can get good salary.If I show more than 8 years experience, there will be extra pressure but not necessarily extra money or advantages. That is what I think.
     
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    Satyaprakash Joshii wrote:chris webster says

    If having more experience is an problem, can you just say something like "over 6 years of Java EE experience"? I would certainly avoid telling lies on your job application, but if you can make things a little vague it might be OK.



    That should be possible. In India, 3- 8 years experience has maximum IT jobs. And with 7-8 years experience also one can get good salary.If I show more than 8 years experience, there will be extra pressure but not necessarily extra money or advantages. That is what I think.




    Do you want to work for such companies?
     
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    Arulk pillai says

    Do you want to work for such companies?



    What does 'such companies' mean?
     
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    Satyaprakash Joshii wrote:Arulk pillai says

    Do you want to work for such companies?



    What does 'such companies' mean?




    Who look at just number of years of experience as opposed your skills, and capabilities. Number of years don't mean much. Some candidates with 3+ years experience are more capable than someone with 7+ years of experience.

    Have you got real 3-year Java/JEE experience or one year repeated 3 times?
     
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