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Trying to return to work, seeking advice . .

Paul Hart

Joined: Aug 24, 2004
Posts: 3
Took some time off (i.e. several years) after being
somewhat lucky at a dot com.

I left the dot com as a manager and want to reenter
as a developer. Thus, I am left with a weird combination
of skills. Probably the most important being that
my programming skills haven't been used in
corporate america for a while (lots of personal
projects, reading etc)

So a couple of questions for those that have taken
the time to read my plea . . .

1) Where are good places to look/network for Java

2) What is the typical response rate to job sites?

Mark Herschberg

Joined: Dec 04, 2000
Posts: 6037
Here are your pro's and con's (from the little I know of you)...

- successful track record (even if you weren't successful in your group, the compoany was, and people will assume you were)
- ability to lead
- ability to see the business side of the picture

- may be rusty on coding
- not up on latest technologies (I think this is meaningless, but many people wieght it highly)

I recommend emphasizing the pro's, especially the latter two. It gives you and edge over most other developers. I would also create a small portfolio of software using latest technology to demonstrate that you aren't out of date.

You can hit the big job boards for jobs: Craig's List, Monster, HotJobs, etc. As for networking, start with former co-workers and also look into JUGs and other software groups in your area.

Good luck.

It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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