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Mr.Sellars
08-31-2007, 09:19 AM
So it boils down to this: I have experience with C++. That is to say I've had a couple classes in C++ programming, currently taking a class in C++ programming and I've wrote, from scratch, a rather complex application linking and optical system for a two photon microscope in a biophysics lab. I would accept ANY programming related job (paid internship, regular job, or otherwise). Whats the best way to go about doing this? Every job opening/internship seems to want people with all sorts of experience in things like SQL and Java and about everything else under the sun. I guess my question is this: Is it even possible to get something with my current experience (I learn VERY quickly) or should I go back to the soul-destroying world of customer-service jobs until I've actually got more classes under my belt? If it is possible, whats the best route to do so? Like I the headline says, DIRE need here so any help is appreciated.

matsp
08-31-2007, 09:25 AM
I think it would help a bit if you gave a location of where you are looking for a job...

Have you tried putting your CV on any of the job-websites (such as monster.co.uk if you live in the UK).

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Mats

Mr.Sellars
08-31-2007, 09:46 AM
I just moved to Austin, TX. I've got my resume posted at every major job site that would let me post one for free. I've applied for what few positions I could find that seemed like something I could do, but as of yet, nothing.

matsp
08-31-2007, 09:55 AM
Ok, so I don't personally know anyone in Austin that is looking to hire right now - I know pretty sure that AMD is NOT hiring right now, so even if you see jobs advertised, they probably won't actually hire you right this moment.

IBM have pretty large facilities in Austin... It's a case of knowing someone there tho'.

Sun is also in Austin.

I don't live anywhere near Austin, as you can see on my posts, but over the last 10 or so years, I've spent on average 3-4 weeks a year in Austin.

Getting that first job is always the hardest, because you haven't proven that you can actually do work (as opposed to studying or sitting at home doing things that you choose to do yourself).

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Mats

cpjust
08-31-2007, 09:59 AM
A lot of ads list a ton of experience that they want, but that doesn't always mean they can find anyone with ALL of those items. I got hired to a mostly mainframe oriented company when I never even saw a mainframe before (most of the people who do have mainframe experience are almost retired), so they just sent me for mainframe training at IBM...

You can't lose anything by applying. The least that can happen is you don't get any reply.

matsp
08-31-2007, 10:06 AM
Yes, most companies have a dream-employee when they post the job-spec, someone who has ten years experience of a producat that has only been available for 4 years, is under 25, mature and has a university degree, etc, etc.

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Mats

QuantumPete
08-31-2007, 10:14 AM
I think Texas Instruments also has their HQ in Austin, not sure how much C++ they need, but it's always worth applying.
And like matsp said, you should apply to *all* jobs that are remotely in your area, companies look for dream employees, but will settle for a lot less :-P

QuantumPete

matsp
08-31-2007, 10:19 AM
I think Texas Instruments also has their HQ in Austin, not sure how much C++ they need, but it's always worth applying.
And like matsp said, you should apply to *all* jobs that are remotely in your area, companies look for dream employees, but will settle for a lot less :-P

QuantumPete

TI is in Dallas, which is about 3 hours drive from Austin:
Texas Instruments Inc.
Product Information Center
13532 N. Central Expressway
M/S 3807
Dallas, Texas
75243-1108 USA

But they may have offices in Austin too.

And of course, Dell is only a little bit up the road in Round Rock...

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Mats

indigo0086
08-31-2007, 10:23 AM
This is the time where you decide to either drive down the bumpy road of life, or ride off the cliff.

Daved
08-31-2007, 11:37 AM
Look for university Job Fairs. Companies are cool with people who lack experience when they go to Job Fairs.

Wraithan
08-31-2007, 01:32 PM
Apply for the internships even without the other experience, that is what I did to get my first internship. I had basically a test to see if I got the job, they gave me a 'commission' job to fix a tool that was written in PERL, and I only had experience with C++ at the time. I had 1 week to fix a couple issues with it, and if I fixed it then I got 100 commission and a job.

I ended up learning enough PERL to do the job in a day and a half, then working on the project over the next couple days and completing most of the stuff they wanted done, so they hired me.

Once you know a couple languages the rest are simple enough to pick up, so for your personal work, consider learning 2-3 more languages aside from C++, and during that keep applying for jobs that list C++ as one of the languages they want experience in.

Cheeze-It
09-02-2007, 05:21 PM
id Software is in Mesquite. Apply there.

DavidP
09-02-2007, 06:52 PM
Texas Instruments is in Dallas, but National Instruments is in Austin. Apply there...they are always looking for C++ programmers.

Austin shouldn't be a place that is too difficult to get a job. UT is there, and I bet they have hundreds of programmer jobs on campus - and you probably don't have to be a student to necessarily get one.