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Getting a job as a Greenhorn

Jemima Job

Joined: Jun 22, 2003
Posts: 16
I am a certified SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD but with little industrial experience. Most of the job specifications I read about require a minimum of 2-years experience, and I am daunted about how to enter the job market. So how will I practice what I have read in the real-world?
I will appreciate if someone could provide some advice on this.
Venkat Bommakanti

Joined: Jun 25, 2002
Posts: 11
Hi Jemima,
imo, potential employers are typically looking for 'some' track record. Its human nature (of hiring managers) to look for some comforting factor to ensure that the candidate they are selecting is 'good enough'.
That said, you can do one or more of these:
. Volunteer to work at some well-known local non-profits
that may need your skills. You may have to work for free
for a while. In return you'll get the tangible benefits
of real-world experience, references, etc. There are also
quite a few startups looking for talent, may not pay much
or may not pay at all.
. Go over to the placement depts of local colleges' and try
and get info of hiring managers of internships. Contact
them and ask if you could apply for internships. Also
contacts friends if any, within these companies and see if
they can pass on your resume.
. Build a quasi-realworld solution showcasing your skills
(covering your cert areas) and have them available for
viewing online or on a laptop. be ready to demo if they
want to see them.
You can always pursue the regular (paying) job hunt in parallel.
All the best,
Roger Chung-Wee
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Joined: Sep 29, 2002
Posts: 1683
This may help.
Getting a job

SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.3, SCBCD 1.3
Kevin Thompson
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Joined: May 04, 2001
Posts: 237
Billy Tsai
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Joined: May 23, 2003
Posts: 1304
work for free

BEA 8.1 Certified Administrator, IBM Certified Solution Developer For XML 1.1 and Related Technologies, SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCDJWS, SCJD, SCEA,
Oracle Certified Master Java EE 5 Enterprise Architect
Sadanand Murthy
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Joined: Nov 26, 2003
Posts: 382
Originally posted by Kevin Thompson:

Do that at your own risk, Jemima. Most technical interviewers will be able to find out; besides, when the potential employer checks your references, you will get caught.
I believe internship may be the way to go. I wish you the very best in your job search.

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