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How is the job market now compared to six months ago?

paul wheaton
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Well, I just found out that my contract will end at the end of this month. How does the market look now compared to six months ago?


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Chad McGowan
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Joined: May 10, 2001
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It probably depends on where you are located, but it is definitely picking up in my area. Things are better now than they were three months ago.
Matt Cao
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Joined: Apr 03, 2003
Posts: 715
Hi,
Are they related to defend at all? I expect things will spill out to other sectors probably toward the end of this fiscal year.
Cheers,
MCao
Jane Somerfield
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Joined: Jul 20, 2002
Posts: 193
Chad,
Where are you?
All I see Java jobs on dice.com or monster.com
are becoming less and less.
Matt Cao
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Joined: Apr 03, 2003
Posts: 715
Hi Jan,
If you do not have a network already, then probably you need to pounce the pavements at the same time improve your network. Please not rely on the job posting online, seriously. Those online job hunting was created during the boom time. It is so out of fashion now. For example, I mentioned to Gregg about the EDS's Struts and they converts from Natural ADABAS to Java. It is not even mentioned online.
Cheers,
MCao
Sam Walker
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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 65
Matt,
Natural ADABAS is a mainframe database. I'm curios how a Java developer can qualify to work with a mainframe data base?
But I guess if you know the hiring manager that won't matter.
Matt Cao
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Joined: Apr 03, 2003
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Hi Sam,
I think they divided the project into many phases, approach from the front end. The Natural ADABAS going to be there for awhile before will be replaced. I think their majority software supplied by IBM and hardware by Dell. Dell is one of my clients.
Cheers,
MCao
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Chad McGowan
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Joined: May 10, 2001
Posts: 265
Originally posted by Jane Somerfield:
Chad,
Where are you?
All I see Java jobs on dice.com or monster.com
are becoming less and less.

I am in the Cincinnati/Dayton market.
I wouldn't rely on the # of postings on Monster as an indicator of the current job market. Many companies don't need to post to online job sites to fill open positions.
I was layed off back in March, and it took me six weeks to find something, although I did end up with several offers to choose from.
Since then, I have been approached by several other companies that are now hiring. It has really picked up here within the last month.
Sam Walker
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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 65
Hi Chad,
What you accomplished is great, good for you, and I�m glad somebody has a success story. But I have not heard of anyone else being able to find a job so quickly. May be I hung out in the wrong places. As for myself by the time I got the first interview, Java had changed so much that I managed to come across like a babbling idiot. Of course I didn�t give up even then, I decided to catch up with the language, started working on a personal project and found this website. But in my opinion it�s all too late for me I�ve been out of a job for too long and in this job market I don�t think there�s second chances.
Paul McKenna
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Joined: Jul 08, 2000
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Sam, I'm still waiting for your resume!


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Sam Walker
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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
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Hi Sriraj,
I�m trying to work up my courage and confidence by reviewing the topics and taking the mock exams before I send you my resume. I don�t want to waste any more chances.
Chad McGowan
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Joined: May 10, 2001
Posts: 265
Sam,
Good luck. I was fortunate enough to have 5 years of java experience, so that helped. But I would not give up hope. There are plenty of things you can do to improve your chances. Here are a few that I would suggest:
1. Find out what companies in your area are using Java and J2ee. There are probably more out there than you think. Maybe they aren't hiring right now, but they will in the future. Just knowing who your potential employers are can help. Find out as much as you can... do they use Struts? Do they use EJB's?
2. Strengthen your j2ee skills. Most of the demand that I have seen is for j2ee specific development.
3. Focus on learning some design patterns. I have found that when you can lay out your use of design patterns on a white board, you make a lasting impression. Good technical interviewers are going to ask you more oo design questions than java syntax questions.
4. (When you feel you are ready) Interview as often as possible. Practice makes perfect. I had an absolutely horrible interview during a job search a few years ago. I went home and studied all of the questions that I had blown. My very next interview, I aced some of the same questions! Believe me, you will get better with each interview. Keep learning from the bad ones and eventually they will turn into good ones.
Chad
 
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