Will MCAD help me land a job?

Discussion in 'MCAD' started by Santiago de Compostela, Jul 12, 2004.

  1. Hi all,

    I have a MS degree in computer science, but after 2 years and perhaps 1,500
    job applications (most of which have been designated "Entry-Level" or
    "Junior") and still nothing save an $8/hr job in a factory, I was wondering
    if, armed with an MCAD certification, seeking a job as a programmer or
    software engineer would become anything more than an exercise in futility.
     
    Santiago de Compostela, Jul 12, 2004
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  2. Santiago de Compostela

    bb Guest

    Santiago de Compostela wrote:

    > Hi all,
    >
    > I have a MS degree in computer science, but after 2 years and perhaps 1,500
    > job applications (most of which have been designated "Entry-Level" or
    > "Junior") and still nothing save an $8/hr job in a factory, I was wondering
    > if, armed with an MCAD certification, seeking a job as a programmer or
    > software engineer would become anything more than an exercise in futility.
    >
    >
    >

    1500 job applications and you never got one! ouch. do you have two heads
    perhaps?

    whilst i am a big fan of MCADs, i dont suspect that it will help you in
    your jub huntingi i suspect you may have a bigger problem in terms of
    your presentation, past work history or location which is a greater
    barrier than an MCAD will solve.




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    bb, Jul 12, 2004
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  3. Santiago de Compostela

    Eric Guest

    Santiago de Compostela wrote:

    > Hi all,
    >
    > I have a MS degree in computer science, but after 2 years and perhaps
    > 1,500 job applications (most of which have been designated
    > "Entry-Level" or "Junior") and still nothing save an $8/hr job in a
    > factory, I was wondering if, armed with an MCAD certification,
    > seeking a job as a programmer or software engineer would become
    > anything more than an exercise in futility.


    The biggest problem with new people in the field is that they often
    want a job in their city. If you're willing to relocate, it should help
    a lot.

    Eric
     
    Eric, Jul 12, 2004
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  4. <Eric> wrote in message news:...
    > Santiago de Compostela wrote:
    >
    > > Hi all,
    > >
    > > I have a MS degree in computer science, but after 2 years and perhaps
    > > 1,500 job applications (most of which have been designated
    > > "Entry-Level" or "Junior") and still nothing save an $8/hr job in a
    > > factory, I was wondering if, armed with an MCAD certification,
    > > seeking a job as a programmer or software engineer would become
    > > anything more than an exercise in futility.

    >
    > The biggest problem with new people in the field is that they often
    > want a job in their city. If you're willing to relocate, it should help
    > a lot.
    >
    > Eric


    Unfortunately it hasn't helped. I've been looking all over the country from
    the beginning for two reasons: (1) there are very few IT jobs in my city
    (there were supposed to be a few moving into the area several years ago, but
    the local politicians' [read: gangsters'] eyes lit up with dollar signs and
    tried to pinch said companies; hence they took their business elsewhere);
    (2) I'm not native to my region (I only went to school here, now I'm stuck)
    and want OUT. I have consistently offered to relocate at my own expense.

    A lot of companies qualify their job requirements with "local candidates
    only." To those, I send a resume and cover letter sans mailing address just
    to piss them off.
     
    Santiago de Compostela, Jul 12, 2004
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  5. Santiago de Compostela

    Eric Guest

    Santiago de Compostela wrote:

    > A lot of companies qualify their job requirements with "local
    > candidates only."


    Get a post office box in that city and use that address. Of course, it
    has to be close enough so you can drive their to check it twice a week.

    Eric
     
    Eric, Jul 13, 2004
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  6. <Eric> wrote in message news:...
    > Santiago de Compostela wrote:
    >
    > > A lot of companies qualify their job requirements with "local
    > > candidates only."

    >
    > Get a post office box in that city and use that address. Of course, it
    > has to be close enough so you can drive their to check it twice a week.
    >
    > Eric


    I thank you (and BB and Brad) for your input, even though my outlook is no
    less bleak. Getting a post office box is not feasible, since the "local
    candidates" qualification applies to many jobs throughout the country.
    Perhaps some personal contacts in a few strategic regions could be persuaded
    to help.

    Since time is at a premium for me (I work about 60hrs/wk and only have maybe
    10 hours on a good week to dedicate to learning new technologies), preparing
    for and taking an MCAD is not very practical, though there is undoubtedly a
    significant overlap with material that I learn on my own. If only some
    "accident" at work left me disabled so that I could stay home and develop my
    own applications as a hobbyist!
     
    Santiago de Compostela, Jul 14, 2004
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  7. Hello,

    Well I believe that a cert will give you the ability to create jobs.

    George Esoimeme.

    in article u$, Santiago de Compostela at
    wrote on 7/12/04 1:35 AM:

    > Hi all,
    >
    > I have a MS degree in computer science, but after 2 years and perhaps 1,500
    > job applications (most of which have been designated "Entry-Level" or
    > "Junior") and still nothing save an $8/hr job in a factory, I was wondering
    > if, armed with an MCAD certification, seeking a job as a programmer or
    > software engineer would become anything more than an exercise in futility.
    >
    >
    >
     
    George Esoimeme, Aug 6, 2004
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