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Require your help/advice on DBA Career

Postby 1982 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:11 pm

Hi Tim,

I need your advice over DBA career, i recently left my job where i am working as Oracle DBA due to some personal reasons.Approx this incidence happens 1.5 months back. Currently looking for Oracle DBA job, as i have 3+ years of exp but still not getting any calls for interview. On daily bassis i revising my stuff releated to wkshp-1,wkshp-2, DG.
Can you please advice me what i need to do to again renter in DBA profile.

Forgive me for asking such a stupid quest. But i don't have guidance which i follow to get the correct direction. Sometime i am afraid that my career is not going to be over.


Please TIM advice over the same or suggest me how exactly i am start preparing again. Please advice over the same in your view what the things i need to do.


Thanks and sorry for stupid quest but i don't have guidance and in the absence of the same i am walking blindly on a long road.

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Re: Require your help/advice on DBA Career

Postby matthew_morris » Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:03 am

One and a half months is not a particularly long period of time. I'll grant that it seems longer when you're the one that's unemployed. Several years back I left my job unexpectedly (the decision was mine... but I hadn't come to work that day planning to quit). I didn't even look for work the first month but rather took the time as an extended cool-off period/vacation. However, one month after I started looking, I was getting mildly anxious.

What to do... First of all -- do you have a LinkedIn profile? If not, you should create one. I cannot tell you how many recruiters contact me due to mine even when I am *not* looking for work. Spend some time on it to make it look as interesting as possible. If you have a good photo of yourself with a professional appearance, upload it. If you do not have a suitable photo, have a friend take several shots of you with different backgrounds. Pick the one you like best and upload it. There are numerous articles written about creating a good Linked-In profile. Use Google to find one (or several). Read them and follow the suggestions that make sense for you. Have someone else proofread your profile when you are done to help find any problems. A poorly-done LinkedIn profile can easily be worse than having none at all.

While you have too much time on your hands... use it to become better with Oracle. Read all of the technical articles you can. Oracle-Base is a great place to find a bunch of these, but there's also OTN, Oracle Learning Library and a host of other sources online. Install Oracle 12c and play around with the new features. Look at job listings for the location in which you live. See what the companies in your area are looking for. If a skill you don't have keeps popping up in job listings -- see if you can learn it. Oracle professionals make their living by the information stored in their heads. You can never go wrong by constantly increasing what you know.
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Re: Require your help/advice on DBA Career

Postby Tim... » Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:57 am

Hi.

I can't really comment on the best way to get a job as I've just sort-of stumbled through my career. What I would say is, the better you get at what you do, the more likely work will come looking for you. IMHO your main focus should be your skills.

I know you are not a beginner, but this is what I normally suggest to new people.

http://www.oracle-base.com/articles/mis ... or-dba.php

Maybe there are some things you can focus on in there that will make you more attractive to an employer.

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Re: Require your help/advice on DBA Career

Postby kfoster » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:53 pm

Get some feedback on your resume from experienced folks in the industry. It is your first impression so make sure it is representing you as accurately as possible.

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Re: Require your help/advice on DBA Career

Postby Tim... » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:58 am

That is a very good idea. I've been involved in some recruitment recently and it is amazing how lazy some people's resumes sound. Listing things that are totally irrelevant for the job and failing to list items that are mandatory. In some cases, it looks like people have thrown something together a few minutes before sending it.

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Re: Require your help/advice on DBA Career

Postby 1982 » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:34 am

Thanks Tim


For your update, As per your saying what skills your are expecting in the resume or in a person of 3 years of exp.
Sorry for such a stupid quest. But the forums are the only one guidance source which i have. Kindly guide me correctly as i don't have job in my hand and i am little bit frustrated as well. Please guide me what to do or what path to follow. As i am a seeing currently no relevant jobs are listing on the website so little bit depressed.

Thanks for your help

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Re: Require your help/advice on DBA Career

Postby matthew_morris » Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:57 am

You indicate you're been an Oracle DBA for three years. Put in your resume what you did during those three years. If it has only been six weeks since you left the position, you cannot have forgotten what your daily tasks were.

Anything else is not a resume but a work of fiction. If I am interviewing a candidate with an impressive resume, I will certainly be asking questions of them to determine whether or not the person fits the resume. If I determine to my satisfaction that they have embellished the resume, then the candidate goes out the door and the resume goes in the trash.
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Re: Require your help/advice on DBA Career

Postby Tim... » Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:41 am

Hi.

You can also include what you are doing now. If you are actively studying something, like maybe the Oracle Certified Professional track, you can say something like, "Currently studying for the OCP exams", which makes your time off work sound productive. As Matthew said, only if it is true. As an interviewer, you see through lies and exaggerations really easily. Then you are left thinking, not only does this person not know their stuff, but they are also dishonest...

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