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Career advise please

Tomas Ron
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Joined: May 19, 2010
Posts: 5
Hi, thanks for reading my post

I have a question, I'm really starting to believe I'm unemployable

Let me explain, I have a degree in Computer Science, 3 years experience in software development and a SCJP certification.

However, 3 years ago I decided to go to another country, first to learn the language ,
as I'm not a native english speaker, and then do a masters degree
but then I decided to stay, classic story, life happens.

But I haven't been able to seek job until now, 3 years after my last professional job, which was also abroad.

Now, after almost 3 months of unsuccessful job hunting it seems to me that I don't qualify for either experienced Jobs
(as they don't seem to count my experience or knowledge), nor Junior unexperienced jobs, as I'm 29 y.o. and not exactly fresh out of college.


Any advise as to what route could I take or what to do, other than "go back home" as it is not an option for me right now.


Thank you very much
Henry Wong
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Joined: Sep 28, 2004
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Tomas Ron wrote:
But I haven't been able to seek job until now, 3 years after my last professional job, which was also abroad.

Now, after almost 3 months of unsuccessful job hunting it seems to me that I don't qualify ...


Three months isn't that long -- particularly in this environment. It isn't even time to start to panic, much less conclude yourself as "unemployable".


Tomas Ron wrote:
... nor Junior unexperienced jobs, as I'm 29 y.o. and not exactly fresh out of college.


There is nothing wrong with being older and junior. I know quite a few people who had mid life career changes. And quite a few people who returned to work after raising a family. In fact, compared to you, they are much older, with the same level of experience. If they can do it, why can't you?

Now, having said that, are you willing to pay your dues again? Meaning start off from the bottom, get some experience to remove the rust (and to prove yourself), and revisit the issue a few years later? If you expect the gap to be ignored (and paid as if you had recent experience) that may be a bit tough.

Henry


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Tomas Ron
Greenhorn

Joined: May 19, 2010
Posts: 5
Thanks Henry.

I'm not expecting the gap to be ignored, I acknowledge it, I even mention it on my cover letters trying to explain them, I'd be mor ethan happy to take a junior role, start from scratch, it just seems to not happen, but I just hope you're right and 3 months ins't enough to start panicing.


Thanks
 
 
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