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Pick a programming language that you are interested in . Practice it by developing some useful applications , you can use sites like pluralsight.com to get to know about the technology(montly subscription), Use stackoverflow.com and browse through the categories related to programming language that you picked . I particularly mention stackoverflow because, lots of developers post the difficulties that they faced during their programming job and experts provide solutions. BY going through those questions and solutions you can learn a lot about real time application development ofcourse with practise. Once you are confident, apply for the jobs related to programming language you picked , you can easily get through technical interviews.Also try freelancer.com to get some money flowing in. Happy Programming
Lots of good advice here. I think the problem is not networking but the skills or lack of them that you can offer a prospective employer.
1. Spend time building up your skill based quickly rather then networking with the same ineffective results.
2. Pick a language and technology area (one that will get you a job and which you'll be happy or content with).
3. Do a coding marathon for 2 weeks where you build a program or website that works, is useful, and applies to a business situation that will help land you a job.
4. Post it to the web, do an article on it for Code Project, put it on your website (you have one right?) along with blog posts and/or descriptions on how and what you did.
5. Write up a simple Word document highlighting what you did with screen shots. Use it as a support document with your resume/CV (and referenced in it).
5. Now network. Use your showcase document during interviews. You'll get much more interest and eventually a job because you can show people that you can build software not just be a wannabee.
PS: And then keep going/repeating this to build your skills, knowledge, experience, and showcase software. You'll be successful because most wannabees don't want to spend the time and effort to actually build things. And virtually no company nowadays will invest in training for junior programmers so you'll have to do it yourself. Best of luck!
I think D@nish is on the right track with posting your work to Codeplex, etc., but an even better solution to your "when I have nothing built from before" problem is to volunteer to do some real-world projects for non-profit organizations on a consulting or pro bono basis, in return for them providing great reference recommendations and letting you talk in depth about your project (omitting anything proprietary about the organization, of course). Non-profits tend to be unable to afford serious programmers, but still have real business needs. Since there is no financial risk, they will not be as picky in interviews, so it will be easier to get your foot in the door and get the valuable project experience you need when pitching yourself for more serious programming jobs.
Local user groups are a great way to meet people informally who are in the industry. I have personally never found work this way, but on numerous occasions I have seen others do just that. Plus attending these meetings will help plug those gaps you mentioned.
Recruiters, a good recruiter will find you a job.
I tell this to everybody I know in a situation similar to yours (not that uncommon) - get visual studio express, build a windows phone app in C#, publish it. Even if nobody downloads it, this is a great resume builder. If java/android is more your thing then go that route. What better way to address questions about competency in a language then to show you published an app in that language.
I'm cleaning down an old laptop before handing it over to begin its new life. It is genuinely cathartic to uninstall some of this software (e.g. SQL Server 2005, Adobe... well, Adobe anything, HP Printer drivers galore...)
Unfortunately, I had to endure this interview type show today where a guy talks to a couple of film personalities. It's an English language show. It's more or less similar to any other show. Something like those old guys on US TV interviewing people (I have no clue what their name is).
Although, my personal problem is when most of these actor try to do a US accent. Not entirely, but a few words which are extremely easy to pick up as an Indian. I don't get it. Why? Why on Earth would you do that? There is no globally accepted accent standard which we all have to adhere to. Phonetically, it is quite close to impossible to do it 100% accurate.
"Bastards encourage idiots to use Oracle Forms, Web Forms, Access and a number of other dinky web publishing tolls.", Mycroft Holmes[^]
Dunn, a software engineer who has a concealed weapons permit and no prior convictions, was waiting in his car while his fiancée was buying snacks inside the gas station convenience store when he got into a verbal fight with Davis and his friends over the volume of their music.
While testifying in his own defense on Tuesday, Dunn said that he started shooting because he felt threatened when he thought he saw the barrel of a gun emerge from the back window as Davis allegedly started getting out of the Dodge Durango.
Say it ain't so Mike. Say it ain't so...
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. ~ George Washington
Looking at the pics, this guy looks older than I think "our" Mike Dunn would be, but obviously, I don't know for sure.
I remember his website very well, which is odd because I think I last visited it 10 years back. I first learnt of Alyson Hannigan from his website (she stars in HIMYM, which quite a few of my friends and family watch).
"We have already been through this, I am not going to repeat myself." - fat_boy, in a global warming thread
I have met "our" Mike in person. The avatar he uses here is a fake. The picture of him in the news article is a dead ringer, so that must be him. Although I thought he lived in California, must have moved to Florida at some point in the recent past.
Oh how the great have fallen. Totally shocking to have that happen to him.
Ok, I was just kidding.
"Our" Mike did use his real pic for his avatar, so the one in the news is not him.