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jcuk
17th May 2011, 08:43
Hello all

after a ten year stint as a java developer I left my old job to have a career break, I now want to get back into the development game again and having read up, I feel contracting is the way to go. My question is, am i going to be struggling to get my first contract? My worry would be that anyone reading my CV would see that I hadn't worked for a year then bin it straight away. I've not exactly been idle in the past 12 months, I've done some major building work to the house and I've even done some development too - I've got an iPhone app on the app store and a couple more in the pipeline. I'm thinking however, that this is going to be irrelevant to anyone wanting to hire me for my java skills.

Any advice would be appreciated (even if its forget contracting and go back to perm)

cheers.

russell
17th May 2011, 08:48
Hello all

after a ten year stint as a java developer I left my old job to have a career break, I now want to get back into the development game again and having read up, I feel contracting is the way to go. My question is, am i going to be struggling to get my first contract? My worry would be that anyone reading my CV would see that I hadn't worked for a year then bin it straight away. I've not exactly been idle in the past 12 months, I've done some major building work to the house and I've even done some development too - I've got an iPhone app on the app store and a couple more in the pipeline. I'm thinking however, that this is going to be irrelevant to anyone wanting to hire me for my java skills.

Any advice would be appreciated (even if its forget contracting and go back to perm)

cheers.

Do you have a company? You could say you were developing in house mobile apps as a project that lasted a year.

Hex
18th May 2011, 12:53
I'd say that it depends on how interesting and relevant the work you were doing before was and how well it looks on your CV.

The place I'm working at at the mo would not care much about the year's break, as long as your previous experience was relevant to the business they'd get you in for an interview.