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In India, gap in employment - is it sin?

Shiva Sankhar
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Joined: Mar 19, 2009
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Hello friends,

I have 3 years experience in java.In recession time, I lost job.After that somany offers were dropped out,it makes years of gap.
I am always trying with real profile, forwarding to friends , colleagues,etc.Because of long gap, my profile has not shortlisted.I am very confident on technologies,but nobody recognizing my truthness.Some times I am very frustrating.I feel sometimes gap in employment is sin in India.If I go in wrong way, somany background checks are going nowadays.Its not preferable,but what to do?

Why the people/employers are not accept with true profile?
I am an experienced person,in my situation I am agree with entry level/considering less experience.
How can I commnicate with employers?
Do I need to close my hopes/trails in IT field?

Please give me valuable suggestions
Ulf Dittmer
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What employers worry about is that your skills may have gone stale in gap time; what did you do in those 3 years to ensure that wouldn't happen? And no, the issue arises not just in India.


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Shiva Sankhar
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Joined: Mar 19, 2009
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Hi Ulf Dittmer

Thanks for replying.
I agree with that employers may worry about my skills in gap time.But it is an assumption.Without interviewing the person how will they think negatively?As a regular employee, they can give opportunity.Based on their judgement,they can give an offer /reject.
I am looking for opportunity to prove myself, not the job directly.

As I mentioned earlier, gap came in recession time,it causes to increase the gap,not for getting calls.

Campbell Ritchie
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Joined: Oct 13, 2005
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Don't reply to a real employer like that. You need to convince them that you have kept up to date, and kept your programming going. Have you done anything program-related in that time? Did you design a database for a friend or a voluntary organisation? Did you contribute to a open-source project? Did you answer lots of helpful questions on a website?
If you say things like
But it is an assumption.
to a prospective employer, you can be sure of not being interviewed in the first place.
Shiva Sankhar
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Joined: Mar 19, 2009
Posts: 41
Don't reply to a real employer like that.

I never do that.In this forum only I expressed my opinions.I am sending my profile to friends but not short listing.I am updating technologies and contributing open source technologies and practised my self with sought after technologies and maintaing the blog.In sleep also I am thinking about java(what else I can do?).

My problem is not getting shortlisted profile.

I saw some of solutions by write the functional resume in this situation.Is it right?
Could you please help me to find the functional resume format.

In some times , thinking about the career and wasting time by frustration.
I want to quit from this situation.

Please suggest me.
Henry Wong
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Joined: Sep 28, 2004
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Shiva Sankhar wrote:I saw some of solutions by write the functional resume in this situation.Is it right?
Could you please help me to find the functional resume format.


I am not a fan of the functional resume -- and IMO, it is not fooling anyone. I don't see the resume format very often, but when I do, I have to admit that it triggers red flags that something is amiss.

Shiva Sankhar wrote:In some times , thinking about the career and wasting time by frustration.
I want to quit from this situation.


This is not just in India. Having a long gap will always trigger questions. And unfortunately, the recession isn't helping either. Companies are overwhelmed with resumes for all positions -- so much so, that resumes are culled based on a cursory views by HR.

I don't have a good answer for you, except maybe to consider expanding your options. Maybe there are some beginner positions outside of Java, or outside of programming? It may not be what you want, and it definitely will be a speedbump in your career -- but at this point, it is better than sitting on the bench, and who knows? you may find some position doing something that you didn't expect to like.

Good luck,
Henry
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Even on a functional resume, you have a gap. It is in a different location, but still there unless you omit dates completely. (In which case, I'm with Henry - red flag.)

Going back to the question of what have you done over the last three years. Have you read? Have you done anything on the side? Have you posted here? Have you helped others? Have you worked or volunteered outside the IT field? Putting something shows you kept busy and did something.


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Prabhjot Chandhar
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Joined: Aug 23, 2010
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Don't think about quitting sir. Quitting is the worst thing one can think about. I think you should try clearing Oracle's Java certification exams which will prove to the employers that you don't have stale skills. This should probably help you. Best of Luck. Don't worry


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