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ben riches
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Joined: Nov 08, 2002
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Hello everyone
I have been a software developer for the last year and a half, but now my contract has run out. I am having trouble getting a job.
I do not have any formal qualifications, as i taught myself the java language.
Could someone please tell me what I should do so that I have a better chance of getting a job.
Thanks
Ben
Billy Tsai
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Joined: May 23, 2003
Posts: 1297
I dont know I want to die
ben riches
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Joined: Nov 08, 2002
Posts: 126
Well im sure that is not the answer I am looking for
Jamie Robertson
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Joined: Jul 09, 2001
Posts: 1879

Some things that have helped me land good jobs in a poor market in a less than booming economic time:
1. network. get out there and meet people as well as keep in touch with people at your old job and any one else that you know is well connected.
2. create a killer resume...for each job application. Although the content will most probably stay the same, emphasis might be different for each one and you might use different keywords/. Definitely don't use a generic resume, spend some time on each cover letter that accompanies the resume. ( you may want to have it professionally done so you have an excellent base to start from )
3. hit the pavement. don't sit around posting resumes on monster.com and wondering why you're not getting any responses! Approach IT shops in your area, drop off resumes to them, try to make your name known. This one kind of overlaps with networking.
4. broaden your job search scope. Instead of looking for a "java job" and omitting every other type of IT job, expand your experience and take on a web developer or network admin or anything that sounds interesting. A lot of times this will get your foot in the door so your next in line for the real job you desire.
Also, sometimes job descriptions are outdated or inaccurate. I'm currently programming mostly in java, and Crystal Reports to DB2, Oracle and Sybase backends. The job description was for a COBOL/RPG/CL programmer.
the bottome line is to get out there, put out a resume that is better than everyone else and be persistent. This is the busiest time in your career!
If you're already doing the above, keep with it! Maybe a cert or course would help out the resume a little without a formal education.
Keep positive , you never know when your break may happen,
Jamie
( note, I've never dealt with a recruiter, so I can't offer any advice on that issue )
ben riches
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Joined: Nov 08, 2002
Posts: 126
Hello Jamie
First of all I want to thank you for your advise, it is most helpful as you have given me some good ideas.
I thought of finding a list of all the software companies possible and writting to each of them.
Is this a good idea?
can I use the same cover letter if im just writting to the head of the IT department?
do you think I will get some reply?
Thanks again for your support
Ben
Mark Herschberg
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Joined: Dec 04, 2000
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I also recommend doing a search for posts in this forum from John Coxey (member #4628). He has posted lots of great job search advice over the years.
--Mark
 
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