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Faisal RE: Java jobs in Calgary

Steve Knight
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Joined: Jun 19, 2001
Posts: 11
Hey Faisal,
It sounds like you landed a sweet java job! I read your advice about cold calling and I think I might have to try it more often.
Anyways, I was wondering if you knew of any companies in the Calgary area that use Java-based technologies? I am looking for a job, pretty much anywhere in Canada, but Calgary is definitely high on my list.
I have an Hon.BSc and I recently graduated with a post-graduate diploma in computer programming. Not having any real-world experience, I am finding it difficult to find employment.
I would appreciate any help or advice!
Thanks,
Steve
Bartholemu Smith
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Joined: May 08, 2001
Posts: 317
Hey Steve,
Where are you currently living?
I think Alberta has been minorly affected by the economic slowdown in the US, and rest of Canada. The enemployment rate is like 4.7% which is really good considering how everything has been playing out with the stock market.
Steve I would recommend coming out here to calgary for a period of 2 months or so. If you have a post graduate degree that will be a real bonus. The oil and gas companies out here are just minting money, and they have huge IT departments. Calgary is a huge Oracle town, so if you know Oracle you have a huge advantage. I learnt DB2 so it was not as easy for me to venture into the Oil and gas companies.
I got about 3 job offers. The first two really sucked money wise but the experience is so valuable. Would you be willing to do something apart from Java, so ColdFusion, ASP's, SQLServer etc??
I know a few people here and there, and if you were to come down I could maybe pass your name around. My cousin works at Guest-Tek, and they use Java, and so does my company(but they are currently not hiring, that can change over night though). There is also Smart Technologies, and forzanis. If you know Delphi, your in for sure. I know a lady who works there.
Well these are just some companies who you might be able to target. Cold calling would be excellent, and the library is a great place to start getting information on the different industries here. The key is to outline what you want to do now, and how you will get to the dream job. Might take some years but it will happen.
There is also Servidium who make Jay-Doh Java Aplication frame work for the web. Thre is a Calgary Java Users group which would be worth hitting. I am going to start attending that religiously.
I look forward to hearing some more Steve, I would like to help out cause I know what it is like to be in the chicken-egg situation.
Cheers
Faisal

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Faisal Dosani
B.Sc, AIT, SCJP
Steve Knight
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 19, 2001
Posts: 11
Thanks for all the help Faisal!
Currently, I am living in the Toronto area (originally from North Bay, ON). Through some networking (small town, everyone knows everyone else!)I managed to get my resume at the top of the pile at software company in North Bay, but unfortunately they just aren't hiring right now. Hopefully that will change soon.
I will definitely check out the oil and gas companies as I was trained in databases using Oracle. In fact, in one of my classes, we developed an entire system using an Oracle back-end and Oracle Forms & Reports for the front end.
My personal interests are mostly in Java, specifically J2EE stuff like servlets, JSP, EJBs. I would like to play with EJBs more but I don't have anywhere to host and run them. Right now I am working on a complete online system for a soccer league(they took pitty on me and wanted to give me some experience to help me find a real job!). Anyways, it should be fun as they would like it to integrate with the province-wide team & player database which uses Lotus Notes.
Other than Java, I know VB, some basic C++, MySQL, Oracle, DB2, javascript, some UML, etc.
I am also in the process of learning more about EJBs, and XML.
I'll browse the CJUG and EJUG sites some more...already found a job posting on EJUG for a junior Java Developer. It was posted by a new startup that is a spinoff of Bioware.
Anyways, thanks again for the help. I wish I could make it to Calgary right now, seeing as though the stampede is on. I have a couple of close friends who live in Calgary and they are ALWAYS raving about how much better Calgary is than Toronto and that I should move out there. We'll see what happens!
Thanks!
Steve
Bartholemu Smith
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Joined: May 08, 2001
Posts: 317
Steve,
You got some good skills. I would not worry about finding a job. Just do the right things and it will work out. Trust me.
You should come out to Calgary, and it is better than TO
I am prolly going to be getting my hands dirty with EJB's soon, so I am looking forward to it. I am traveling to the Pacific Northwest monday(Seattle / Olympia), should be fun.
Well man if you decide to come out you will have to keep me posted on your situation, its good to know how fellow IT folks are doing over here.
Cheers and Yahoo from the Stampede
Faze
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Faisal Dosani
B.Sc, AIT, SCJP
Clarice Tang
Greenhorn

Joined: Jul 20, 2001
Posts: 4
Faisal,
It's good to hear that Calgary isn't very slow. Could you tell me the source that jobs in Calgary is posted? I'm thinking to go back to Alberta.
Last summer I finished a Diploma program from U of Alberta, and then moved to Toronto with my family. There wasn't any lucky in my job hunting since then. Only that I tried to keep myself in a good shape, I got SCJP2 and IBM XML certification. Do you see any need in Calgary for web developers with JSP, XML knowledge? I have strong background in graphics so I guess web development is more suitable for me. Like to hear your advice.
Thanks a lot!
Clarice
wei ma
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Joined: Jul 18, 2001
Posts: 39
Clarice,
I am in Ottawa now, the market is not too great here either, but there are still a few companies hiring. Some of my friends found job within 2 months after graduating.

What's the situation in Toronto? Is there any openning at all?
Wei
Bartholemu Smith
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Joined: May 08, 2001
Posts: 317
Hi Clarice,
Calgary is doing great.. Try CalgaryJobs.com or AlbertaJobs.com
Monster.com and the regular sites. Its probably better to come here and network at user groups and cold call. I am sure you can find something. With your Java and XML knowledge it should not be to hard.
Java is getting bigger here and this is a huge Oracle town with so many Oil and Gas companies investing in their IT infrastructure. Any oil and gas /IT experience would be a benifit. There are IT shops here so its worth giving a shot. Before my current job I was getting Web Development jobs...so those are out there.
Hope that helps
Cheers
Faze
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Faisal Dosani
B.Sc, AIT, SCJP
ameem sami
Greenhorn

Joined: Feb 04, 2001
Posts: 10
Hi i can i have your email address Faisal Dosani
ameem sami
Greenhorn

Joined: Feb 04, 2001
Posts: 10
i have around three years of exp in oracle and have got java certififcation ,but couldnt find a job what to do next
Bartholemu Smith
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Joined: May 08, 2001
Posts: 317
ameem,
Are you in Canada?
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Faisal Dosani
B.Sc, AIT, SCJP
ameem sami
Greenhorn

Joined: Feb 04, 2001
Posts: 10
i am in California right now
ameem sami
Greenhorn

Joined: Feb 04, 2001
Posts: 10
how is job situation there
Bartholemu Smith
Ranch Hand

Joined: May 08, 2001
Posts: 317
Jobs are good in Canada... Alberta is basicly chugging along because of the oil and gas in the province..
It's staying afloat really well considering all the bad news thats speading around.
Clarice Tang
Greenhorn

Joined: Jul 20, 2001
Posts: 4
Hi Faisal,
Thank you very much for your information. I'll check the sites you mentioned first.
Best regards,
Clarice
Clarice Tang
Greenhorn

Joined: Jul 20, 2001
Posts: 4
Hi Wei,
I don't think I'm the one who can tell you the overall situation in Toronto. For myself, Toronto is hard, although the openings of GTA area at Monster.ca is more than any other cities.
Originally posted by wei ma:
Clarice,
I am in Ottawa now, the market is not too great here either, but there are still a few companies hiring. Some of my friends found job within 2 months after graduating.

What's the situation in Toronto? Is there any openning at all?
Wei

 
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