I have 10 years of experience in Java programming and I have OCJA certification. I am in the midst of looking for a new job in software development.
My previous job was in project management and I was forced to resign because I did not live up to their expectation as a project manager.
I wasn't quite prepared for this project management job although I am a Certified Associate in Project Management from PMI.
In short, I don't have the experience in Project Management. I also was not made to understudy a senior project manager.
I enjoy programming. This is what I do best.
Problem is: I have to convince a new employer to pay me a salary of a developer with 10 years of experience instead of a fresh graduate to do the same job.
In other words, how do I set myself apart from fresh graduates in programming.
Alan Tm wrote:I have 10 years of experience in Java programming
This means nothing to potential employer. Just fuzzy words. I'd say you need to specify the technologies you worked with. Describe some projects you worked on, challenges you faced - how overcome those. What went wrong with them, what would you do differently if you'd face similar challenges again.
Alan Tm wrote:...how do I set myself apart from fresh graduates in programming
It is pretty obvious to those who recruiting. You don't need to do anything special. Just be yourself with your actual knowledge baggage.