I recently got my J2EE Cert. in June '03 but have been unable to get my foot in the door as a Jr, Java, J2EE developer or intern. I have been working with Java and J2EE technologies for the last 2 or so years so I don't rust, transitioning from 3-4 years of the Microsoft world and working on my SJCP.
I am finding it extremely frustrating after an intense 6 month job search. I get the phone ringing and the interviews but I end up being underqualified for J2EE due to lack of hands on experience. How is someone suppose to get hands on experience when no one is willing to give you a chance?
I work on small web applications and projects I can round up, and have looked into open source projects only to get my proposals stolen or clients not following through. Does anyone have any clues on ways to land that software engineering position of your dreams after knocking yourself just about out w/the academics?