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seekjava132
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Hi,
I am a java developer with over 5 years of java experience. I wish to enhance my java skills but unfortunately in my current role in the company there is limited scope to acquire new skills.
Should i consider changing to new job with better profile or is there any other way I could get to work in more java technologies.
Do employers take into consideration experience working in openSource projects or as freelancer etc....eg. sourceForge.net and other similar sites.

Regards,
kk

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akumaran
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You can try some of the free career companion pdf downloads like CV guide, tutorials, interview Q&A at http://www.lulu.com/java-success

pcarroll
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Why not try contracting? Contractors are easy to fire, so they're also easy to hire. In other words, the barriers to entry are lower than they might be for a FTE.

If you've got any competence at all, you should be able to do a good job at any given contract, get some LinkedIn recommendations, build a reputation, and eventually start writing your own ticket.

sfitzjava
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You should get the skills you want for your next job before you leave your current job.
No one will hire you if you don't already have an idea of what your are doing in the technology they need. Unless it is such a new technology or obscure that they have no choice.

If what you want to do, for example swing apps, is not an option at your current employer, ie:they write server code and do not think the desktop has any importance, then you need to look for other job opportunities. (and if they do think the desktop or client development is of no importance...then you should definitely move because they have no clue. ;)

Yes companies (or at least all the folks I have worked with that interview) take open source project and freelance work into consideration. However the work should be visible. If you say you have done work at company x.y.z then you better be able to prove it, and to what level you were involved.

Just remember no one is stopping you from learning, and teaching yourself some new technology off-hours, or taking a local college continuing edu course (which your current employer might pay for) speaks volumes to your interest and commitment.

-Shawn