Getting a job in this economy

I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to get a job in this horrible economy.

My background is as an Electronics Technician and then a Electronics Test Engineer. I have a Bachelor degree in C and C++ from city university and just finished an SDET program at a Microsoft Training facility though I still have to do some studying and take some tests. I have been out of a job for over a year when my company sent all manufacturing to Singapore. I was hoping to get some kind of intern or entry level position as a software developer or web developer, but most if not all companies require a lot of experience which I don’t have right now. At least not in software development. Even trying to get a job as an Electronics Technician has not gone very well. I thought maybe I should advertise on craig’s list or something as a freelancer, but there are already like 1000 other people doing that. Any ideas?

Thanks.
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When it comes to craigslist, just do it. It’s free and it takes a few seconds.

And as far as jobs, I have found that monsters dot com is a great place that you can start. Just apply at many places.

And as for experience, mabye developing a small software yourself can help prove to the company that you do have experience.

Best of luck,
Allen

I was hoping to get some kind of intern or entry level position as a software developer or web developer, but most if not all companies require a lot of experience which I don’t have right now.

This is what you should focus on, you can’t expect to get yourself a paying job in an industry you have no formal qualifications or experience in. Being a professional web designer or software developer isn’t just a case of opening up an IDE and doodling some code on-demand. If it was as easy as that, everyone would be making their own stuff rather than employing a professional. If you want to work in the industry you are going to need to get that experience and knowledge to prove to clients you actually know what you are talking about… there’s a very real difference between being able to pump out a generic site using FrontPage and being able to code quality designs that meet all relevant standards and recommendations (along with following what will best meet your clients and their visitors needs). :slight_smile:

With your background you should be exploring opportunities in Network systems admin. Get a few books from your library and read up. Then offer to help people for free to build up experience. Even working for a charitable body can be helpful.

I always tell people interested in breaking into IT to take any office job. Eventually an opportunity will prevent itself. Also network with any of your friends who is self employed and can’t be bothered with the hassle of administering their own systems.

Perhaps you should evaluate all the interviews you already had. Yes, it’s true that they need someone w/ a lot of experience. However, it’s pretty rare to find someone who’s really good regardless of how many years of experience. So w/ the questions you didn’t know or had trouble with or some skill they demanded, digg deeper and try to be able answer them all next time.

Good luck!!! I believe you know what to do to earn the job.

you should see what your talents are and do something unique. Try not going in for something everybody does.

Yup! you can utilize your talent in this declining economy! I also admit it can pay better :slight_smile:

Ask question to urself
is work i am doing for this organization is of any significance for this organization…?
if answer is yes
then you would find job in any economy…