(OT) Programmer Job Search How-toby bioMan (Beadle)
|on Mar 21, 2006 at 20:02 UTC||Need Help??|
bioMan has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I'll gladly take any and all abuse for this topic because I'm trying to help my son.
The disclamer: I'm not attempting to place his application here or beg for a job. I'm trying to get information on how best to advise him with his job search.
The problem: My son graduated from a good university with a degree in computer programming. He learned to usual number of real and professor invented programming languages. He has a good GPA. The university taught him to create a resume that looks like a single slide from a PowerPoint presentation, and their job placement sux! Basically he has placed his resume on Monster.com, and the only companies to contact him are looking for programmers with real-world experience.
The questions: How do I advise him on how best to present himself to a potential employer? Where do I tell him to look for a job? Are there things he can do post-graduation to make himself a better prospect?
Thank you, most sincerely,
Update: I want to thank everyone for their kind help and suggestions. This sure is different from the way I look for a job!
I know about the low pay. I once worked at a job for 4 months without pay for the chance they would pay me eventually. My wife wasn't too happy about that ;)