Re: Job Market

Discussion in 'Java' started by Lew, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Lew

    Lew Guest

    Ken T. wrote:
    > I recently completed my masters degree and I'm looking for a job doing
    > programming in the Java programming language. I'm getting very few calls
    > after sending out resumes. I don't think I've had this much trouble
    > finding a job since 1990 when I graduated.
    >
    > I was wondering what experiences other posters to this group are having
    > in this market? Is anyone out there hiring now?


    In the Baltimore-Washington area of the U.S. there's a relatively high demand
    for Java Enterprise programmers.

    To whom are you sending resumes? I suggest that you work with recruiting firms.

    In what field is your Master's degree? In what region are you seeking work?

    Also, the overall job market, indeed the economy at large is very, very
    different in 2009 from that in 1990. Apples and oranges. You may have noticed.

    The question, "Is anyone out there hiring now?" is rather silly. Of course
    someone is hiring, somewhere. Commerce has not ceased altogether. The mere
    fact that there are major firms with Java EE web sites, for example, is
    evidence that there is work for such developers. (I note General Motors, Care
    First, various U.S. government agencies, to name a few.)

    --
    Lew
     
    Lew, Feb 15, 2009
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  2. Lew wrote:
    > The question, "Is anyone out there hiring now?" is rather silly. Of
    > course someone is hiring, somewhere. Commerce has not ceased
    > altogether. The mere fact that there are major firms with Java EE web
    > sites, for example, is evidence that there is work for such developers.
    > (I note General Motors, Care First, various U.S. government agencies, to
    > name a few.)


    dice.com has 9100 job hits for search term java, so obviously there
    are jobs.

    I would not be surprised if GM has complete hiring freeze given:
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123458663412987489.html

    Arne
     
    Arne Vajhøj, Feb 15, 2009
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  3. Ken T. wrote:
    > On Sun, 15 Feb 2009 16:11:21 -0500, Lew wrote:
    >> In the Baltimore-Washington area of the U.S. there's a relatively high
    >> demand for Java Enterprise programmers.

    >
    > I have no JEE experience and I'm competing with those that do in a
    > shrinking market, from what I can tell.


    Java is 90% Java EE, but a significant part of that is not Java EE
    specific.

    If you write Hibernate code or some POJO business logic, then it
    most likely will be deployed inside a Java EE container, but the
    code is really just Java.

    That said reading a bit of Servlet/JSP/JSTL/EL/JSF would not
    be a bad thing.

    Arne
     
    Arne Vajhøj, Feb 15, 2009
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  4. On Sun, 15 Feb 2009 16:11:21 -0500, Lew wrote:

    > Ken T. wrote:
    >> I recently completed my masters degree and I'm looking for a job doing
    >> programming in the Java programming language. I'm getting very few
    >> calls after sending out resumes. I don't think I've had this much
    >> trouble finding a job since 1990 when I graduated.
    >>
    >> I was wondering what experiences other posters to this group are having
    >> in this market? Is anyone out there hiring now?

    >
    > In the Baltimore-Washington area of the U.S. there's a relatively high
    > demand for Java Enterprise programmers.
    >
    > To whom are you sending resumes? I suggest that you work with
    > recruiting firms.

    [ SNIP ]

    I'll second that. It's sort of silly not to - a lot of employers deal
    only with headhunters, at least when I've dealt through them it's no
    money out of my pocket, and if they see you as a good prospect they'll
    put a lot of effort into placing you.

    AHS
     
    Arved Sandstrom, Feb 16, 2009
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