Dave Swift

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Hi,

Traditionally the objective section is used to specify the type of role you are looking. I would recommend however using this section to summarize your key skills, abilities and experience with bullet points. Maybe calling it a "Profile Summary".

Use it as an opportunity to provide a ´┐Żbig picture´┐Ż view of who you are. You can really sell yourself in this section. You resume is also more flexible because if you specify a specific position in your objective you are limiting yourself to that position.
11 years ago
Hello,

I'm a contractor in London and the credit crunch has definitely affected the market here. A lot of Java contracts have dried up while many developers have flooded the market due to layoff (i.e. Lehman bros.).

It looks like the effects may be felt for some time to come. I would'nt be surprise if further budget cuts happen...
11 years ago
Hello,

In my experience as a contractor, I've noticed that recruiters really look for the buzzwords on a resume. In many cases your resume will be scanned into a database where agents or HR can just enter some search words and have the matching resumes returned. Sometimes the agents or HR aren't technical so they are just looking for these keywords.

Therefore, your resume should be filled with buzzwords. Especially the words that relate to the job they are advertising.

Some current buzzwords that seem popular are Spring, Hibernate, JUnit, Ant, Tomcat, Multi-threaded, real-time, etc.

I am currently work on a resume writing book for IT professionals. If you have any suggestions about what to include let me know.
11 years ago
Why does unlocking and locking a custom database even appear on the exam? Writing a database is no small task. Java provides an api for accessing databases(JDBC) but it sounds like Sun wants a Java developer to know how to write a DBMS from scratch. Why don't they just test a developer's knowledge of the JDBC by access a professional quality database? In the real world, an application would make use of an Oracle, SQL Server, or even an Access database.