Just got the certification, but these posts are bursting my bubble. I am new to this field, and do not have 12-15 skills to add to JAVA on my resume. Is anyone outhere willing to share some wisdom on what's the best way to get a entry level job and what kind of job to look for.
Ask yourself what you would be looking for if you were hiring someone with little to no experience for an entry level position. What separates you from the herd of other entry level programmers?
One strategy is to highlight your talents first on your resume. Talk about them in your cover letter as well, if you go this route. Note: Talents are different than skills and knowledge. Talent is the subconscious and timely manifestation of skills and knowledge. Lots of people know how to program in Java. How do you do it successfully?
How did you prepare for your certification? Did you pass on your first attempt? If you attended higher education, how were you different than the other students? Did you do any programming on your own for no particular reason other than to see how something works?
Until you land a job, it's a game of selling yourself. If you don't highlight something of interest which makes the employer want to learn more about you, you don't stand much of a chance.