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 jobs.
2) What is the typical response rate to job sites?
Here are your pro's and con's (from the little I know of you)...
Pro's - 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
Con's - 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 I would also create a small portfolio of software using latest technology to demonstrate that you aren't out of date.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.