Dec 3, 2010

Handy job hunting tips in tough times for Java/JEE professionals

If the market is hot, a well-rounded candidate with a decent resume and little or no experience could easily walk into an interview. But, during a difficult job market with economic melt downs, one needs to explore other avenues. Job hunting can be emotionally exhausting, especially if the search lasts for a long time. You can increase your chances of finding a job by casting a wide net, writing an effective resume, practicing your interview technique, and brushing up on the fundamentals. If you rely only on advertised positions through newspapers and online jobsites, you are not only expending 100% of you effort on 10% to 30% of the possibilities, but also will be competing with many other professionals who use the same avenue. Finding a job is a numbers game, but you must also have a marketing plan. There are hundreds, if not thousands of people sending e-mails to every recruiter in the country or mass-mailing resumes to hundreds of companies hoping that they will find an opening without a plan to sell themselves effectively. You need to somehow standout from the rest with a good marketing plan (i.e. a resume & a cover letter) or try to get a foot in the door through networking. Even with networking, you need to have good resume/CV.  Your resume must highlight your technical and softskills. It must also address how you can add value, and how you differ from someone who has done the same thing and have similar qualifications as you. If you are not sure, check my Java/JEE resume companion.

A real job search has the following main avenues. Tap into both published and hidden job markets.

Published Job Market: Review job leads via printed news papers, journals, online job banks, recruiter websites, Java forums, etc.

Hidden Job Market:

Networking: Start by asking your existing network, past employers, recruitment agents, colleagues, friends, etc. Next, expand your network through paid or unpaid work in your field, registering with online network sites like, joining relevant professional associations and attending conferences. Here are some Java related links to start with:

Also, do your research by searching on google for "Java community", "Java symposiums", "Java user groups" , "Java discussion Groups", etc.

Unsolicited applications: Sending employers a cover letter and a resume to express your interest in working for them. If you wish to use this method, it is important to target each application carefully, and to follow up with a phone call or call before sending the application to ensure that some contact has been made prior to your details appearing before someone in print.

Cold calling or direct contact: Cold calling (over the phone or in person) means approaching employers directly and preferably by establishing relationships with people who work for the organization through previous networking activities, to make this technique less daunting. I generally prefer building up good rapport with selected recruitment agents who had represented me in the past, and getting him/her to do the door knocking on my behalf. Carefully prepare what you are going to say and be ready to answer some preliminary questions about what you have to offer the organization. Have your resume up to date and tailored to the job you are targeting.

Reseach the market

Research the market to identify the sought-after technologies/frameworks and gain some familiarity or hands-on-experience on those.

Keep your knowldge up to date by visiting the industry specific forums like

Give yourself an edge on the market place

Develop an online portfolio and a persona (e.g. blogging, networking via, etc)  to give your prospective employers a complete picture of who you are -– your experience, your education, your accomplishments, your skill sets -– and what you have the potential to become -– much more than just a cover letter and resume can provide. You can use your career portfolio in job interviews to showcase a point, to illustrate the depth of your skills and experience, or to use as a tool to get a second interview. You can provide a link to your blog (if it is professional enough) on your resume to showcase your capabilities, true potential, values, and most importantly the passion.

Creating your portfolio:

Building an online persona

Self-publishing books

Develop your soft-skills

The technical know-how needs to be complemented with good soft-skills.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:30 PM, January 04, 2014  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great purpose on the guaranteeing a longtime main goal. It's smart for people to essentially analyze their strengths, weaknesses via a SWOT analysis to essentially see wherever they need to travel.job hunting
There are corporations that I actually have researched and extremely set to not pursue applying to them as a result of I felt that my values, strengths, work doesn't align to them. you've got to search out the proper design firm with associate degree setting that works with yours.

7:10 PM, January 21, 2014  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thankyou! for posting all these stuffs.It will go a long way to help me out!

9:21 PM, March 20, 2014  

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