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I'm a database programmer (Oracle, PL/SQL), Sql Server 2008 R2 / VS 2010, with recent SSIS ETL experience.

Need a couple of tips for job searching - the job title and online options.

ETL is primarily the programming component, using Microsoft SSIS, connecting to both Oracle and Sql Server.

I'm also very experienced with Oracle / PL Sql, custom ETL.

So primarily a database programmer, good with Oracle, intermediate+ with SSIS / Sql Server, also decent in Unix scripting.

so looking how to best search online (what keywords ?), and where ? so far I'm looking at careerbuilder, Indeed, and Dice. "Database programmer" is often not listed - it's usually DBA or "Developer / Software Engineer"

I am also looking to work remotely, is this something that's common in these job searches ?
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1.  In my experience, I'd advise against rebranding your last job title for something mis-representative.  You can elaborate upon your desired skill set elsewhere in your credentials, but don't make a claim that your former supervisor won't back up.

2.  That said, what do you see when you query the big job boards, and/or LinkedIn, for SSIS or ETL?

3.  Do you have corporate or user group contacts with whom you might simply ask for their professional opinions?

4.  Remote work is difficult to generalize.  There are opportunities that are designed as remote, but in my opinion they are few and far between -- particularly for a junior/mid level with no track record of handling that responsibility.  

Case in point:  if I were hiring such a person, I might ask him or her to allow their sessions to be monitored and recorded.  There's contractor software that can capture keystrokes, and screen snapshots throughout a session.  I'd watch the hourly key rate, and screen change rate, to evaluate whether or not a worker was active.  How would you fare with something like this?
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>>1.  In my experience, I'd advise against rebranding your last job title for something mis-representative.
- totally agree, I gave that up long ago ! Best as I can tell, I'm a "database programmer", with Oracle skills and Sql Server Skills, including Visual Studio 2008 and ETL tool SSIS. I suppose the better term is "ETL Developer with SSIS skills"

>>That said, what do you see when you query the big job boards, and/or LinkedIn, for SSIS or ETL?
- just getting started, I did see "Database development" on DICE, will check more tonight.

>>3.  Do you have corporate or user group contacts with whom you might simply ask for their professional opinions?
- yep, working that angle too . . .

>>4.  Remote work is difficult to generalize.  There are opportunities that are designed as remote, but in my opinion they are few and far between -- particularly for a junior/mid level with no track record of handling that responsibility.  
- I'm actually senior level with a good track record

>>Case in point:  if I were hiring such a person, I might ask him or her to allow their sessions to be monitored and recorded.
- good point, but my goal is to put in a full day's work for a full day's pay, not to scam someone by "[not] working remotely"
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One anecdote about FT remote:  when I was job hunting last year, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a good offer for remote, dedicated DBA to a couple of the firm's clients.  The reason I turned it down was that the clients were content to run with desupported versions -- so they weren't patching -- and had no plans to upgrade.  Good money, but I'd wave goodbye to 11g or 12c work.  Passed.

Regarding ETL... SSIS skills -- makes sense to me.  I'm mulling over "Specialist" instead of "Developer".  Thoughts?
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>>One anecdote about FT remote:
- interesting, good that you had options to choose from . . .

>>Regarding ETL... SSIS skills
- I'll try multiples to see what's prevalent on positions. But I think I should position myself as a database programmer for Oracle and SSIS Specialist for Sql Server.

thanks !
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You're welcome.  Please close the ticket if and when you're satisfied.
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I'll see in anyone posts in next 24 hours, but I'll be sure to close.
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sorry for the delay, but thanks !
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