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Preparing to Return to the US

Rubens Gomes
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Joined: Apr 26, 2005
Posts: 22
I have an H1-B visa approved with a start date of Oct. 1, 2005. I am currently preparing to return to the United States after 4.5 years back in Brazil. And I would be very grateful to hear some comments about the software development market in the US these days.

I am planning to apply for Java development contracts. How is the market for Java Developers? What technologies are mostly asked for? What technical skills should I be concentrating on? I am studying for the SCJP/SCJD certification exams.

I am concerned about being off the software development market since year 2000. I worked as a programmer/software engineer for large companies (Cerner, Sprint, Fujitsu) in the USA from 1995-2000. I hold BS and MS in Computer and Electrical Engineering from an american higher institution (University of Kansas). However, since I returned to Brazil in Nov. 2000, I have held technical hands-on managerial positions: systems manager, project manager, IT coordinator. Is this a big issue when applying for software development contracts? Over the last years, I have mostly worked with Unix administration, Oracle DBA, telecom network management systems, project management, and web based development in PHP/Perl.

I am currently developing a web-based Java/JSP/Struts application under Linux/Tomcat/MySql. I list this experience in my resume as a professional work being done for my own IT consulting company. Is this okay?


Rubens Gomes
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Luke Kolin
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Joined: Sep 04, 2002
Posts: 336
Why are you searching for work if you are entering with an H-1B, which assumes you already have a job lined up?

Cheers!

Luke
Murthy Eluru
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 24, 2005
Posts: 3
The market for java jobs seems to be pretty hot now. I have seen people getting more than one job offer easily in a matter of couple of weeks. But, if you are just landing up here from another country, situation may not be that easy, but should be fair enough.
Rubens Gomes
Greenhorn

Joined: Apr 26, 2005
Posts: 22
Sorry, maybe I was not clear. My H1-B visa is being sponsored by a Software Consulting company. I am entering the US to work as a consultant.
 
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