Getting a job
This article will discuss methods and strategies for landing you your first job as an Oracle professional - either as an DBA or Developer.
"The man who wakes up and finds himself a success, has not been asleep!"
"The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything" - Theodore Roosevelt
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
- 1 Where does one start learning Oracle?
- 2 Value of a decent resume
- 3 Breaking into the market as an entry level applicant
- 4 Where does one look for job opportunities
- 5 Prepare for your interview
- 6 Maintaining your career
- 7 External links
Where does one start learning Oracle?
It is not that difficult to start learning Oracle. Here are some guidelines:
- The best book for beginner is the "Oracle Server Concepts Guide". This manual is part of the Oracle documentation set that is available on the documentation CD and in hard copy format.
- Buy a good Oracle Reference Guide and study it. For Oracle DBAs, get one of the "Complete References" from Oracle Press. See the Oracle Books Section for details. Developers need to study one or more database programming languages like PL/SQL, SQLJ, Pro*C, etc.
- Get as much hands-on experience as you can on 'real' Oracle databases. You can even try to install Oracle at home on a Linux or Windows machine and play around with it. Oracle software products can be downloaded from the Oracle OTN website.
- Get a job. Try to find a company that is prepared to train you.
- Complete one of the Oracle Certification Program exam tracks.
Value of a decent resume
Only a good resume will get you an interview. Spending some time on it is crucial. However, building a resume is outside the scope of this site. The following on-line resume builders might help you getting started:
Breaking into the market as an entry level applicant
The first thing you need to do is to find an entry-level Oracle position. Without a job you will not get far. If you are inexperienced, look for an organization that would be willing to train you.
Once employed, ensure you get along with everyone and do each job you are assigned in excess of your bosses' expectations. Learn to anticipate requests from the team you work with, then how to problem-solve within that particular organization. If you are arrogant and feel you are over qualified for the menial tasks you are assigned, find some way to convince other people that this is not the case.
Where does one look for job opportunities
Oracle Job Seekers can browse the following directories for job opportunities:
Companies using Oracle Products
- Check out our jobs message forum (this site)
- OraStaff Inc. - specialize in recruiting Oracle Applications and Database candidates
- Search the Oracle Job Network.
- Submit your resume to ORAsearch - a dedicated search engine of available ORACLE professionals world wide!
- JustOracleJobs - frustrated with sifting through thousands of irrelevant job postings, well, visit this site!
Jobs at Oracle Corporation
Check it out, it's free and it might be the source of your "BEST" next job!!!
Prepare for your interview
Use the following resources to prepare for your interviews:
- Know what to expect - Roles and Responsibilities
- White Papers - check out Krishna's D2K Interview Questions
- Download Mike Adult's DBA Interview questions
Maintaining your career
Managing your career is a lifelong process. One of the best ways to ensure a long and successful career is to learn the strategies and tools of proactive career management. The following sites may help:
- CareerBabe.com - Your personal career advisor
- The Help Wanted Network - Interesting salary surveys
- The Monster Board
- Career Mosaic
- Career Management International, Inc.
- Getting That First Oracle DBA Job, article by James Junior.