[This message has been edited by maha anna (edited November 11, 2000).]
Hi Maha, Try fiddling around with this page: http://www.dice.com/jobsearch/metro/raleigh.html This is the Dice search engine. I got 198 jobs doing a search for Raleigh with the term "Java". You might sort through these and send your resume to offers that look good. I think it's better to target your search, than to post your resume and see who comes to you. Also Maha, the English on your resume could use some polishing, both spelling and grammar. Do you want a little help? If so email me - if you need my email it's in the Moderators Only forum right now.
[This message has been edited by Eric Barnhill (edited November 12, 2000).]
Maha: With four years C experience, and the SCJP under your belt (especially with all of your demo work), you should be able to find a Java developer position rather easily. I hope my story provides some inspiration. Whatever you do, do not post your resume to all of the big Internet sites at one time - you will be utterly swamped with phone calls. I posted here (just as a response to someone's question in the Job Discussion forum) as well as on Dice and JavaJobs.com and was overwhelmed with over 75 recruiters and about 15 actual companies. A lot were in Texas and Calif (where I did not want to relocate). I do not have the SCJP, but have been looking now for 2 months. I want to relocate to Colorado (you may have seen this on other posts). Well, I finally have 2 different companies flying me out for interviews this month. I actually leave for Denver tomorrow at 6AM. So things look good. I also looked around the Philladelphia area (just a little bit - to see what the head hunters could dig up), and have had four on-site interviews in the past two weeks. One of them involves teaching 50% of the time and consulting 50% of the time. The company has an in-house certification program that you have to pass in order to be an instructor - but they pay for all this. So I am kind of curious - still waiting for an offer (did 2 on-site interviews with them last week). Will let you know how things go. John Coxey (email@example.com) (610) 865-3061
Maha: I looked at your resume (the HTML version). You may want to clean it up (formatting, spelling, basic English in your job descriptions). You definitely have the skills that are hot, plus you have demonstrated experience. With the holidays approaching, you will have to contend with delays in people getting back to you, etc. Also, if you don't have any offers in Raleigh, NC (say past the end of January), you may want to expand your search and possibly relocate. Other Advice: - I am on my 3rd major job search - here are some pointers. - Sign your cover letters (if sending out hard copies of resume) in blue ink. Blue makes the letter stand out. Sounds corny/weird, but it works. Use a laser printer for everything. Again, sounds too basic to mention, but I have seen many dot-matrix or just plain typewriter style resumes. Remember, the initial screening of your resume by HR will last (if you are lucky, 15 to 30 seconds). So the better the resume & cover letter look, the better your chances. This is the reason the previous poster and myself suggest cleaning up your resume. - Print out copies of your references and take them with you to interviews. Do not send them to the company unless asked. A lot of companies require you to fill out an application before the interview. The problem is that the boxes for doing this are just too small. I start getting major hand cramps when doing this. You should fill out the application completely, but the trick is to paper clip your resume and your references list inside the application. Basically, the application makes it legal for the employer to do background checks (contact employers, references) on you. And your reference sheet makes it easier on the secretary. In 3 major job searches so far, I have only had my references checkes one time. And that was for a minimum-wage job at a local gas station. - Take 10-15 copies of your resume with you. Use lighter colored paper for your resume (I use a light grey). Remember, it's going to be copied many times via a copy machine. If you have dark paper - it makes for bad copies. During the interview, it's perfectly fine to have a copy of your resume in front of you as you go through the process. - Always dress professionally for the first interview, even if the company is casual. It shows respect for the employer, it may seem corny, but it's one of the "rules". - Make a standard ASCII text version of your resume. No bolds, no underlined characters. You can cut and paste this into various company web sites. HTML and MS-WORD do not usually work when submitting resume's to company web sites. Hope this helps, John Coxey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks Eric. It looks like I may be sending a mail to you. Thanks for the help. John, Thank you very much for your time. You really gave very valuable tips. Let us know how your interview goes. Maha's very best wishes to you. regds maha anna [This message has been edited by maha anna (edited November 13, 2000).]