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RE: [xml-dev] Urgently need a reality check on the job market for XMLdevelopment

Can't say much about the job market, since I haven't looked for a job for
the past two years.  In my opinion though if you look there are plenty of
Java positions out there at this time.  There is still a shortage in IT
industry.  Now the problem might be that you are limiting yourself to Java
and XML technologies, where you might want to brush up on other skills as
well to be able to offer a broader skill set.  Brush up doesn't necessarily
mean you must learn inside out, just a few hours of reading and a few hours
of sample programs should give you enough to be able to talk about it in an
interview.  We all now that any experienced programmer can get the job done
in any language with a reference at hand.

This is just my opinion.  Marketing is the key to IT, especially today, so a
few extra skill set on your CV would not hurt:-)


-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry Murray
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Sent: 9/20/01 9:16 AM
Subject: [xml-dev] Urgently need a reality check on the job market for XML

As I was laid off last Tuesday, I urgently need a reality check on the
job market for XML development.  I am hoping members of this list would
be willing to share their view on the market for XML developers.
Although I know this list is focused on development issues and not
employment related issues, I feel the current economic situation is
catching many of us by surprise and I was hoping to develop a brief
thread on what the market is really like.  Based on the information I
have received from recruiters during the past week, it looks like I may
need to consider work outside the computer industry.  
Since I am like many others in that I can not afford to be out of work
for very long, I need to make a decision whether looking for XML (or
Java work) is even reasonable given the current situation.  I have added
a text only format of my resume at the end since I know many do not like
Thank you in advance
Jerry Murray
jmurray@best.com <mailto:jmurray@best.com> 
Jerry Murray                                        977 Astoria Drive
jmurray@best.com                               Sunnyvale, California
OBJECTIVE:  Obtain an Java / XML Development Position
* Over 22 years experience in all phases from conceptual design,
implementation, product delivery and support
* Experience with software development in both small commercial
companies and large aerospace programs with multiple subcontractors
* Experience in definition of system requirements, design,
implementation, and system performance evaluation
* Experience with Java, JSPs, Servlets, EJBs, JDBC, XML, XSLT, SQL,
HTML, and UNIX shell programming
* Experience with Apache, WebLogic, and Oracle in NT and Unix
6/00  to 9/01    Ironplanet,  Campbell, CA
Designed and developed B2B applications using XML to submit requests to
a third party and receive results as XML data which was posted to an
Oracle database.  Developed applications for receiving XML data by HTTP
Post for Linux, NT, and Solaris systems.  Developed JavaMail and Java 2D
API applications.  Supported site (http://www.ironplanet.com)
capabilities using JSPs in a WebLogic environment.
1/00  to 6/00    iVendor,  Sunnyvale, CA
B2B and B2C applications for iVendor, Inc.  Developed XML based
application for exporting eCommerce store category and product
information. Develop SAX based application for creating an eCommerce
store using XML documents.  Designed a multi-logic product
recommendation application using a Web Logic application server and a
SQL database. Developed Java application that provide registered shopper
information for iVendor's merchants.
4/99  to 11/99  Consulting,  Sunnyvale, CA
Java application for Information Management System providing patient and
employee administrative information for a long term care subacute
12/86 to 4/99   NASA Ames Research Center,  Mountain View, CA
Responsible for software integration support evaluations of the U.S.
Army's  Rotorcraft Pilot's Associate Program.  Designed a distributed
component-based system for system integration testing and human factor
evaluations.  Developed a simulation providing operator and qualitative
equipment models for the Army/NASA Aircrew Aircraft Integration Program.
Developed dynamic context sensitive presentation of information
concerning the human factors metrics associated with differences
resulting from man-machine interface design alternatives.
8/85 to 12/86  GTE Government Systems,  Mountain View, CA
Systems Engineer, Artificial Intelligence Group.    Projects included
investigating cooperating expert systems for the U.S. Air Force,
development of an expert system for intelligence analysis and advanced
user interfaces.
3/80 to 8/85     Aviation Simulation Technology Inc.,  Bedford, MA 
Developed software for flight simulators providing scenario generation
and real time performance analysis, including user interfaces and voice
4/78 to 3/80     Masoneilan International, Inc., Norwood, MA 
Product planner for a $4M industrial product line. Designed a
timed-phased manufacturing planning program for a $12M product group
which presented information in a temporal context.
"Content and Media Analysis for Intelligent Helmet Mounted 
            Displays", Society of Optical Engineering, Orlando, FL, 1997
"Object-Oriented Programming in the Development of Real-Time 
            Rotorcraft Simulations",  1992 [SCS} European Simulation 
            Symposium, Dresden, Germany, 1992
"Integrating Multiple Expert Systems In Intelligent Crew 
            Stations",  I.I.T.T. Expert Systems Applications Conference,

            Los Angeles, 1991. 
"Automation in Complex Man-Machine Systems:  The Role of Planning 
            in Evaluating Design Alternatives", The AAAI Workshop on
            Planning for Complex Domains, Eight National Conference on 
            Artificial Intelligence, Boston, MA., 1990
UCSC, Santa Clara, CA                      
            Advanced Java Programming,  
            Object Oriented Programming in Java,  
            Object Orient Analysis,
            Java Programming 2,  
            Java Graphical User Interface Programming 
            Using AWT, AFC, and Swing
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
            Autonomous Agents, Computer Systems
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
            Advanced AI, Data Fusion                       
Northeastern University, Boston, MA               
            C, Lisp, AI, Expert Systems,  
            Knowledge Engineering 
Norwich University, Northfield, VT
            B.S. Bus. Admin.
Major, Aviation Branch , U.S. Army
Active Duty: 8/72 - 2/77      Helicopter Pilot / Instructor Pilot
Reserves:      3/77 - Present   Served in Medevac,  Attack Helicopter,  
Air Cav, and Utility units