Ecstatic about getting my OCAJP certification yesterday, I updated my resume online and woke up to a missed call from a recruiter. Things looking better already! I called them back, no go on the job, they want (2+ years experience). Of course, this has forever been the problem, experience, experience, experience. I didn't go to school for Computer Science, I haven't worked an internship, and now I want to break into the field as a Java Developer. The cert is helping me get noticed, but it's still boiling down to experience. How can I best get experience without having a job as a programmer? Undersell myself as a freelancer for the time being? I need something to put on a resume that says "I know what I'm doing, see?"