I think in some cases its acceptable to say that you don't
know perl but you're interested in learning it. When I
interviewed for my current job, I'd only written one perl
program (and not a very complicated one), and didn't
mention perl on my resume. I was asked about perl and
was able to say that I was very interested in learning it
and had started doing so. I went on to talk about some of
the features of the language that I liked, comparing it
to other languages (which probably won't work if the person
interviewing you doesn't code). I like to think that I
showed some understanding of perl, even if I hadn't really
used it. I got the job, at any rate, about one week after
writing my first perl program. Of course you can spend a
few months learning more before looking for a job, but
it's also quite fun to get paid while you're learning.
You're never short of projects, and almost every project
requires that you learn something new, and oftentimes
there's someone more experienced around who can take a
look at your code before implementation and offer suggestions
You should definately use the fact that you know other
languages to your advantage. I imagine you remember how
much faster it was to get a working knowledge of the second
language than the first. Mention that you've done similar
tasks with other languages (if you have), and remind
people that knowing how to code can be a lot harder than
gaining a working knowledge of any language. Supposing
in the future they want some other language--the person
who is capable of learning other languages is a useful
person (I know, you wouldn't want to stick with a company
that would forsake Perl, but you can also apply this concept
to updates of Perl).
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