Here are some Java developer career tips that will inform, motivate and inspire you. Simple job hunting, interviewing, networking, and Java resume writing tips can make a huge difference. These Java career tips are based not only on my own experience and observation, but also from the questions frequently asked in Java job or career forums. For example,
Q. I have offers X, Y, and Z, and which one should I choose?
Q. How to become an architect?
Q. How to get an entry level job in Java?
Q. How to write an effective resume? Can someone give me feed back on my CV?
These tips will help you fast track, go places, and open more doors to your Java development career by taking the road less traveled. These are common sense career training tips that many fail to observe. Any developer training course or training material will spell out these tips, but only a few religiously apply to succeed.
Java Interview Tips (click on highlighted links)
You have no control over what questions get asked, but you have control over what message you want to get across to the interviewer. This is done mainly through open-ended questions like
"Tell us about an instance in your recent project where you made a significant contribution, where you had to choose from different available options, also give us the reason how and why you chose the particular option? "
Most of the interviewers start with your resume, and then get into more technical questions. Interviews are not just technical contests, and it is an opportunity for both parties to assess each other. With some preparation and know-how, you can stand-out from the pack.
Java Resume/CV Tips (click on highlighted links)
Ineffective resumes result in prolonged job searches, and very often, lower salary offers. It can also negatively impact your self confidence. When people get a poor response to an application, they think that they are the problem, but fail to think that their resume could be the problem.
You can't get a job if you don't have enough experience, but how do you get an experience, if no one is willing to give you one? This is a vicious cycle, and you need to break it by offering what the companies are looking for -- Experience
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 meltdowns, one needs to have a highly effective resume with at least 1- 2 year experience or more. So, how do you beat this catch-22 situation?
General Career Tips (click on highlighted links)
Everyone wants more money, but it is something entirely different to be worth more!. Your value is established entirely by your ability to render useful service or ability to induce others to render such service. Before you even start to negotiate your salary be sure that you are worth more than you now receive.
Some employers and recruitment agencies seem to put more emphasis on quantity (i.e. number of years of experience) than quality (i.e. caliber of the candidate). Some candidates are more pro-active and passionate about their achievements, skills and widening their horizons while the others get into a comfort zone performing repetitive tasks.
Certifications are a great personal achievement. But the true value of a certification to a prospective employer is not the certificate you receive, but your ability to apply what you had learned and the steps you take to achieve your certification(s) -- prepare, learn, research, practice, commitment, motivation, etc. Certification is a good start for beginners . Certifications are alone not enough for you to do well in your career or stand out from your competition. If certification is the only stand out item in your resume/CV, the prospective employers won't be interested.
Do you have to be an expert in a technical area to write a technical blog? The answer is no. You write a technical blog for a number of reasons.