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Entry/Junior level role tips/advice/help

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Hi again,

I am posting this because I seem at a loss right now with how to go about getting an entry/junior level java position.  I have been searching job boards such as Indeed, Dice, Monster etc. but it seems there are no junior java developer positions in my area (San Diego) and that everything requires a lengthy list of other languages and/or experience with many different technologies.  I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me?  I graduated with a bachelor of science in Information Science and Technology in 2011, and most recently I was an application support engineer but moved to San Diego almost exactly 1 year ago and decided to switch direction and become a Java developer.  I've been writing little side projects (ie https://github.com/jconsorti/workoutapp) which I've added to my resume to at least show I am trying, but I am not sure if this should even be added since it's so small?  Also I read contributing to open source projects might be helpful, but I'm not even sure how to go about this.  I just last week obtained the OCAJP 8 certification in hopes that it would help me stand out, but still I am very frustrated in finding work and would appreciate any help or advice.  

Thank you for taking the time,
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Hi John,

yes participate in an open source project helps a lot. Also you can go to meetups or events and give your CV to the stands there. They use to search for people.

Another option is contact directly to the companies, without recruiters and write a customize letter to them, that definitively makes a difference.

I hope it helped a little bit.

Regards, ISaac
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Welcome to the Ranch

The infographic and the post about “your weaknesses” look good
Maybe rather than posting on old threads, you might like to start a thread with general suggestions about job applications. As for the CV writing: does this apply to a particular country? I know CV conventions vary from country to country and they gradually change with time. Also, the conventions may vary: would an application for a programming job be different from a lecturer in history?
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Thanks for sharing. I will go with your advice.
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