Looking for a job

Hi,

Yes, I know, this isn't the right forum, but I think I've done enough for the EE community for free, and it's really hard for me to find a job otherwise.

I'm currently residing in Israel, and would like to move to the US and work there. I'm 19 years old, I don't have any degrees - just my brain and a desire to succeed. Willing to work anywhere in US (Alaska and Texas excluded :-) ). For those of you who haven't e-met me, note that I am expert No. 5 and I have over 100,000 points.

For further details, please contact me at sasha_mapa@yahoo.com

Thanks,
Sasha Maryanovsky.
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Igor BazarnyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi,

Remember me? I'm now on a business trip in Silicon Valley and job market doesn't look good here. It seems that there are so many residents or H-1 visa holders available that no one wants to sponsor new visas and wait several months for new hire to start work.
Did you try dice.com? Watching proposals there allows to understand job market state, if not to find the job. And what I see now is discouraging. I given up, in fact, because don't see responce to resume postings.

Regards,
Igor Bazarny
Brainbench MVP for Java 1
www.brainbench.com
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a.marshCommented:
I'd be interested see what kind of a response you get to this.....

:o)

Ant
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objectsCommented:
Wots wrong with Alaska, it seemed like really nice place to me :)

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bobbit31Commented:
i'm sure there is no doubt you know you're stuff, however (from what i've been told), in order to hire someone who is not a US citizen or resident is quite a tedious task.  First, you have to interview at least 3 candidates who are citizens or residents and then you have to justify why the foreigner is a better choice.  Now, that's all well and good, but without a degree, and young age (theorhetically only a sophomore in university), and no certifications, justifying you as a choice would be kind of hard to do simply based on your ability to answer questions here.  Again, this is no criticism on your knowledge.  I'm sure your are very good.  Just trying to give you a little heads up on why you might be having a hard time.

good luck in your search!
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Sasha_MapaAuthor Commented:
>First, you have to interview at least 3 candidates who are citizens or residents
I want to move to the US, which would make me a resident I guess :-)

>and no certifications
I am a brainbench java 1.1 certified programmer (score 4.44 if I rememeber correctly), I can also get recommendations from my current employer and several PH.D's including a professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Sasha Maryanovsky.
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bobbit31Commented:
> I want to move to the US, which would make me a resident I guess :-)

basically by resident i mean you have a green card (ie. you live here but don't have all the right a citizen has, for example you cannot vote)  So, that wouldn't make you a resident.  If they hire you, then they would either have to get you a work visa or apply for your green card.  

> and no certifications

sorry bout that, i kind of figured you did but i didn't see you post any so i just assumed.

Like i said, i have no question of your knowledge...  I think answering questions here is for both the benefit of the expert and asker.  Asker obviously gets his/her question answered, and expert get's valuable "work-experience" by answering business related questions.  If we had any openings at our office, i'd gladly recommend you.  Unfortunately, however, we do not.

good luck in your search!  
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Sasha_MapaAuthor Commented:
Thanks Igor, I'll try that...

Sasha Maryanovsky.
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ozymandiasCommented:
Sasha, would you consider the UK instead of the US ?

The IT press are constantly banging on about the skills shortage over here. A couple of weeks ago Computing Magazine published data that said that the average salary for a Java Programmer/Web Developer over here was #72,500 per year. I can't promise you that's accurate but there are plenty of jobs.

I don't know much about coming to work here from overseas but I am told that these guys (http://146.101.130.10/default.asp) specialise in arranging it.
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Igor BazarnyCommented:

Sasha,

Just few more bytes of impressions.  JavaJobs.com and JavaJobsOnline.com sites produced some responce for me. But recruiters usually loose their interest when discover that I need fresh H-1 visa to start work. And there is a big hope around here that job market will improve in August.

Igor
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Sasha_MapaAuthor Commented:
>Sasha, would you consider the UK instead of the US ?

Well, as a matter of fact, I would take just about any job which would pay $80,000-$100,000 a year (after taxes). I prefer the US (Massachusets, Boston area would be even better) because I want to study at MIT next year, which is also what I need the money for :-)

>that the average salary for a Java Programmer/Web
>developer over here was #72,500 per year.

What's '#'? Did you mean '$'?

Thanks for the tip, ozymandias.

Sasha Maryanovsky.
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KoboldCommented:
Hi,
Have you consider Canada, we have good condition here!
And it's easyer to come here than u.s.

My employer is currently recruiting java programmer, email me at kobold27@yahoo.com if you are interrested.
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bobbit31Commented:
Canada?  They don't even have roads!!!

j/k just a little US/Canada public relations ;)
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KoboldCommented:
Maybe, but ours kids dont shoot other kids at school... :P
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Sasha_MapaAuthor Commented:
I have just written and posted my CV (as short as it may be) at http://www.hightemplar.com/sasha/resume.html

Sasha Maryanovsky.
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ozymandiasCommented:
Sorry, the # was supposed to be a UK Pounds Sterling.
That would be about 125,000 US Dollars before tax.
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Sasha_MapaAuthor Commented:
>That would be about 125,000 US Dollars before tax.
Hmm, that's lovely, how much taxes approx. do you think I would have to pay?

Sasha Maryanovsky.
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objectsCommented:
Sasha,

Can't help you with relocation sorry (though Australia is a lovely place), but if I ever have any need for an extra developer I'll be sure to look you up.
Maybe try and chase up some remote development work to build up your resume, plus it offers good opportunities to make contacts. After all, it's often not what uyou know it's who you know.

best of luck :)
mick
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bobbit31Commented:
> it's often not what uyou know it's who you know.

very very very true!
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Sasha_MapaAuthor Commented:
Yay, I just passed Brainbench Java 1 exam with a score of 4.77!! This should spice up my resume :-) http://www.brainbench.com/transcript.jsp?pid=616921

Umm, I tried to find a Sun Java certification test to take in Israel, but couldn't... any ideas where to look?

Sasha Maryanovsky.
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sghosh092199Commented:
Hi!

I was listening.. (Since no points ;-))

Good Information. Thanks
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Igor BazarnyCommented:
Hi,

> Umm, I tried to find a Sun Java certification test to take in Israel, but couldn't... any ideas where to look?

Do you know any international certification athority in Israel? I believe that situation should be similar for any country. You need to buy exam voucher from Sun and call Sylvan/Prometrics or VUE office to schedule exam.
I did that in Russia--one of my friends bought voucher on-line for me (I didn't have credit card that time), than I called one of centers which offer Microsoft certification exams and training and scheduled exam--they just asked for voucher number.
Try mock exams before real one. Good starting point is http://www.jchq.net/
See also http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qShow.jsp?ta=java&qid=20124422

Regards,
Igor Bazarny
 
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Sasha_MapaAuthor Commented:
I know I need to buy a voucher, but to take a test I need to find a test center... Here's the response I got from Prometrics:


Dear Sir/Madam

To book an SUN exam in Israel, you have to contact one of the testing
centres in Israel and they will book you in for the SUN exam. When you book
an SUN exam you can only pay with a voucher. You can buy the voucher from
SUN. You can look on the following website for contact details:
www.sun.com/service/contacting/sales.html

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

With kind regards

Francois Kuys
Candidate Support
Prometric EMEA


The website doesn't list any information about taking the test in Israel...

Sasha Maryanovsky.
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Igor BazarnyCommented:
Sasha,

Can you find Prometrics office in Israel? Just call them. It's no wonder that Sun site doesn't provide information about taking tests--Sun relies on outside testing authorities like Prometrics or VUE.
I've never been to Israel, is Microsoft certification popular there? I guess, you can take Sun tests in same place as Microsoft tests.

Regards,
Igor Bazarny
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Sasha_MapaAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I'll try that, Igor.

Sasha Maryanovsky.
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Sasha_MapaAuthor Commented:
Thanks all for your help and suggestions.

Sasha.
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Igor BazarnyCommented:
Hi Sasha,

How are you doing? Did you find a testing center? Any progress in job search?

Regards,
Igor Bazarny
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Sasha_MapaAuthor Commented:
Hi Igor,

No, actually I gave it up for a while... Will try to get better conditions in the company I'm working in now, if it doesn't work, will try again I guess.

Sasha Maryanovsky.
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