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Comment: Re:How hard? (Score 1) 466

by Wisecat (#46996795) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?
You assume incorrectly. I have no job, no home, and have been unemployed for years and years. I am an excellent engineer, and a rather inexperienced programmer. I cannot get anyone to give me an interview. My resume looks good, recruiters like it, only negative feedback was "he looks like a jack-of-all-trades". I have worked on some amazing high-profile projects, even in Hollywood, even one 'wearable technology' device that was worn by a high-profile performer during the Superbowl half-time show. But I can't get an interview! Much less a job!

Comment: Re:Probably a better question... (Score 1) 466

by Wisecat (#46996769) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?
Well, if I could just land one, then i would be learning like crazy as I went, and would be competent at it before anyone got suspicious about me. I'm no slouch, I work hard, and learn fast. But I have to convince someone to give me a chance! And its been years and years and no interview...

Comment: Re:Enough to qualify for an internship (Score 1) 466

by Wisecat (#46996737) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?
I've been doing charity and artist projects for years now. They aren't helping, and seem to be making the situation worse. My resume now has all sorts of unrelated projects on it, jack-of-all-trades style. I think it shows how flexible and awesome I am, but to a hiring manager, it might just show a lack of focus. I thought the charity and artist projects would help me network with some great people, but the people I meet are charity workers and artists! None of them can employ me. The very few people I've met that actually have jobs in the real tech world, are just not around that much.

Comment: Re:Two things could hold you back (Score 1) 466

by Wisecat (#46996709) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?
Yes, I can't talk shop. I can't even explain what an API is , satisfactorily. I still call things 'subroutines' Its obvious that I'm not a programmer! And it sounds like in both hardware and software, they want a lot of experience in one particular area. And I'm a jack-of-all-trades, have done a VARIETY of things, my resume shows it too, all over the place. They may be seeing this as a huge MINUS instead of a plus.

Comment: Re:location, location (Score 1) 466

by Wisecat (#46996695) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?
Well, I grew up in Seattle but I left there for a reason. I'm looking for a hardware position in California, North or South, I'm flexible. Still having trouble finding work, even with all of SILICON VALLEY, ORANGE COUNTY, and SAN DIEGO as options. can you believe it? Its ridiculous. Maybe they really ARE competing to see who can be the pickiest... so my idea to switch to software, to be able to get a job, won't get me away from the picky hiring managers, it sounds like...

Comment: Re:Overqualified, often passed over (Score 1) 466

by Wisecat (#46996657) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?
I've done that. I already tailor each resume for the position I'm applying to. And I have a great relationship with one recruiter, and have talked to many of them. I even contacted an old one that got me a great high-paying job in the past (he made a bit of money off me, let me tell 'ya). So far, though, nobody's biting. Not even 1 interview. Years and years of unemployment. So I wonder if switching to programming might be able to save my butt from the cold street!

Comment: Re:Good Times, Bad Times, Warning (Score 1) 466

by Wisecat (#46996639) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?
That's kind of what I'm getting too, when looking for hardware jobs lately. The recruiters like my skills, but the hiring managers need them to be in something VERY SPECIFIC, and its never >quite there. For example, I have worked on electronics that went into aircraft, and needed certification by FCC, but since they weren't specifically for critical systems (just air-to-ground communications), its not quite 100% what they want. I have the same problem when it comes to medical devices. I have worked on a few, but they always want to know about SPECIFIC types of medical devices, and which government agency I had to do approvals with. If its the wrong one, then they don't call me for an interview. (all this feedback is filtered through recruiters). So i wonder if switching to programming will solve this dilemma? Your post seems to imply that no, it won't, that the hiring managers are STILL way too specific even in the software world.

Comment: Re:I don't see why you would not get hired (Score 1) 466

by Wisecat (#46996611) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?
@vikingpower: My situation might be similar. I don't have mental illness, but I am technically homeless, and have been unemployed for years and years (I catch a small job here and there, freelance, etc, but that only adds up to $4,000 a year, which is well below the poverty level). I know C++ already. Just not the advanced programming concepts (CompSci). I can do OOP. I might learn Javascript. Can I convince a company to give me a chance, with a hardware background and a resume that is all-over-the-place (jack-of-all-trades)? Will being skilled at a language (instead of just competent) be enough to make the difference?

Comment: Re:Anyone can get hired (Score 1) 466

by Wisecat (#46996595) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?
I may have to try that. Spend a good amount of time getting competent at a language (Javascript seems to be the one everyone tells me to pursue), and then put all the buzzwords into my resume. Maybe then I can get a callback, cause right now, NOBODY calls back (and I used to have people banging down my door to hire me as an electrical engineer, in the wireless industry)

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