This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Is there a website that allows you to display code snippets or even projects? I'd like to eventually put some code online which can be viewed by prospective employers.
I could put a link on my resume to spice it up and show what I can do.
In addition to github, I have another recommendation knowing that you are currently an English teacher. Can you build a website that has to do with your current job? (Maybe the common core if you are in the US?) This lets you show you can build a live website. It also highlights that you have experience in something already.
Billy Sclater wrote:I'm not sure I have enough skill to build a website! I could do it using a website builder application like Wix though.
College students learn enough t(Servlets/JSP/database) to build a website. That's who you are competing with for entry level jobs. Why should someone hire you if you know less than an entry level college hire? (Not to be blunt, but better you hear this now than after you start job hunting.)
(Jeanne) You make a potent point! My first post on this forum about a year ago was that I have no commercial experience and only a OCJPSE5 cert on the horizon (I have it now), basically with only core Java knowledge. I talked about an agency who seemed confident that they could find me work! 1 year later I have registered with that agency, the consultant said that in my part of the UK a cert on it's own with someone of 'my level' is marketable in the IT job market. There was some understandable skepticism to my post. I remember you replied that I shouldn't let the consultant add anything to my CV in the way of skills/experience that I don't have. I was doubtful about the consultant's claims, but as another poster pointed out 'what choice do I have but to go along with him?'.
I called all over the country to agencies, most told me to take a hike and that I needed a 1st class/upper 2nd class CS degree from a red brick Uni/2 years commercial experience minimum. This was not the case in the SW of England, and I have met 2 other consultants of the 'cert only' is enough to get hired vein! I guess I will 'go along with them', for want of no other choice. But, I take your point and perhaps learning the skills to build a website is a valuable project I should undertake (at the very least from what you say). In the mean time, I will grill all the consultants I have spoken to about the skills gap that you mention, but I get the feeling I'll receive the same reply.
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I re-read your initial post. You''ve come a cine way from there!
The problem is that recruiters will often say anything. That said, it's great if they can get your interviews with just the cert. And you'll find out whether they can based on whether you can go on any interviews! No harm in learning more at the same time; you'll need to know it eventually anyway.
ps - I really like that you are looking at a portfolio/place to show code. You'd be surprised at how few candidates do that.
Yeh, they are good at getting interviews. I got an interview for a junior position recently, was shortlisted to be telephone interviewed, then shortlisted from 6 people for a face to face....and I only have a cert!! I'd like to think it was down to me, but I'm sure the consultant worked his magic (seems like a nice enough guy though)! I certainly appreciate his efforts. I tripped up with the coding exercise though Still, practice, practice practice! And thanks for all your help too!
What kinds of things did you put on your portfolio? Was there anything in particular which impressed potential employers. I only ask because I'm sort of at the same stage as you (well a few steps behind you).