Kelsey Derringer

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Recent posts by Kelsey Derringer

Having had several programming positions that turned out not to be as advertised, I now ask in an interview "What will I START OUT doing?" I have been shocked at some of the answers, but I was real glad I asked.
20 years ago
I agree, bypass the headhunters, and remember its a numbers game...you send out so many resumes, one will stick. I'm sending resumes to companies advertising for senior level Java programmers, but in my cover letter I try to sell myself, and offer to take less pay. I'm thinking, too, that almost every company can use a Java programmer.
You may also want to offer to work for free, like for the first month, but since there's a learning curve, it may take awhile to get up to speed.
I must have sent out over 100 resumes before a company gave me my first break (in a non-OO language years ago). Remember, every programmer employed today started out at entry level, and some company offerred them a job without experience.
20 years ago
On the subject of the certification, I have not taken the test yet, I'm an experienced programmer, but not in OO, and I'm now looking for an entry-level java position. I have talked to a couple of employers, neither asked about the certification, and as for lack of on-the-job experience, both said they don't care, but what they do care about is CAN YOU ACTUALLY CODE IN JAVA? One of them said that out of 300 resumes, he finds 1 who can actually code. So, I think instead of spending countless hours, weeks, maybe months studying for that exam, download the JVM and spend your time writing Java programs so you can answer the question that means the most to these employers.
20 years ago
Hi guys. I have programming experience, but not any OO experience, except for a Java 2 training course. I'm talking to employers now about hiring me in an entry-level position. They ask what salary I'm after, & I say I'll consider any offer they make. But when it gets down to it, what would be a reasonable salary for a beginner in a city that is offering $60K to Java programmers with only 6 months experience? I would appreciate any information on this subject.
Kelsey
20 years ago
Hi guys. I have programming experience, but not any OO experience, except for a Java 2 training course. I'm talking to employers now about hiring me in an entry-level position. They ask what salary I'm after, & I say I'll consider any offer they make. But when it gets down to it, what would be a reasonable salary for a beginner in a city that is offering $60K to Java programmers with only 6 months experience? I would appreciate any information on this subject.
Kelsey
20 years ago