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In just 48 hours, 120 resumes from Oracle DBAs landed on the desk of Debbie Reames, a senior technical recruiter for Los Angeles-based staffing company Commercial Programming Systems. So Reames did what a lot of recruiters do. She wiped out half the pile in a three-step process. Need an H-1B visa? Gone. Need to relocate? Not for this job. Only worked at small companies? This job might be too big for you. Despite the steepest downturn in the history of IT, there are jobs to be had by Oracle certified professionals and DBAs, according to many surveys. Of course, there are also longer lists of qualified candidates. When it comes to searching for a job in this market, even the most experienced IT pros need to remember some of the rules they learned long ago and apply some new strategies as well. In many ways, the DBA market can be divided into two groups – juniors and seniors. The junior DBAs, those with less than three years of experience, are the ones facing layoffs and a meaner job market, according to Don Burleson, owner of Kittrell, N.C.-based BC Oracle Consulting. Burleson is the author of 17 books related to Oracle technology and careers, including Conducting the Oracle Job Interview, a guide for IT managers who have to assess Oracle job candidates. "Many companies will not hire beginners, period," Burleson said. However, Burleson said, there is hope for junior DBAs. Companies that are not willing to spend $120,000 annually for a seasoned professional will sometimes take rookies and train them. Burleson suggested the health care industry and universities as two places that new DBAs should look for that critical first job. Government security clearance key for veterans Then there are the veterans. DBAs who have more than 10 years of experience, who hold advanced degrees and who have specialized skills are still in strong demand. Knowledge of Oracle financials, SAP, PeopleSoft, 9i RAC, 9iAS and Unix are qualities that carry weight, Burleson said. Also, government security clearance is something that gets many Oracle DBAs past the first round of resume cuts. In addition, development skills such as Java, Windows, J2EE and portals lend candidates a competitive advantage. More important, Reames said, a candidate's skill set has to match a company's needs. "They really need to have every skill," Reames said. "If the job calls for someone with data modeling," she said, "and I don't see any specific data modeling experience, I'll discount it." In addition to specific technical skills, Burleson says, many companies are looking at educational backgrounds, preferring to hire candidates who have graduate degrees or MBAs. Companies value DBAs who have an understanding of finance or accounting, the business processes that DBAs support. Follow-up calls, first-round interviews For both groups, there are some basic ground rules to getting through the critical first round of interviews. Simply getting the resume in as early as possible can help. With 120 to read, Reames might not see each of them before she finds enough qualified candidates to interview.
"Don't be afraid to call to follow up.Candidates should call recruiters too see whether their resume was received. preferably ones that have been published. because they don't have one right answer. Having a DBA who is a team player is a priority for most. such as "What is the default password for the sys user in Oracle?" There's no faking answers to those questions. Real techie talk The handful of applicants who survive the telephone interview can expect an interview at the job site and what Burleson calls the "teching" of the candidate. Burleson said. and they show how candidates can think on their feet." Reames said. Because communication skills are so critical on the job. including this one. It happens all the time. the intangibles make the difference. are judged. "DBAs have to be able to play well with others. Communication skills are crucial here. and we may not have looked at the resume otherwise. Perhaps more important. companies. Burleson said." he said. Burleson recommended that candidates provide potential employers with writing samples. forget casual Fridays. "A seasoned DBA can spot a faker instantly. this final interaction is where the intangibles." Finally. and this is where the potential hires will really be tested. like interpersonal skills. accept submissions of technical tips. he pointed out. "Appearance does count. or how innovative a DBA is. At this point. candidates are being judged on their non-technical qualities. He advises interviewers to ask specific questions. In many cases. "Only a practicing DBA knows the answer is 'change_on_install. if not all. experts say. Burleson said. and an interviewer can easily judge the technical skills of the candidates. Several online sites. on-site meetings with a company's IT staff." Burleson points out. "It may give you an advantage. "It's the kiss of death to underdress for an interview." Then comes the last stage. It's important to remember that the person conducting the interview may not have a technical background." Applicants who make the first cut are usually interviewed on the telephone." . Sometimes there are open-ended questions. she said. These meetings typically last about half a day.'" Burleson said. such as "What would be the first thing you would do if an end user complains that performance is poor?" The answers to these questions can be very revealing. "I've seen companies reject the most technically qualified candidate.
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oracle discoverer. backup of data . -1996 . 3)Good knowledge of ORACLE RDBMS/ SQL/ PL-SQL/ Developer 2000 (forms.Planning. new delhi As Database coordinator/ Technical consultant/ Manager (design) (3. report). Delhi System Administration/DBA • Resume Key Skills: 1)Oracle 8i/ 9i DBA ( on unix. -1996-1999 Mharashi Dayanand University Rohtak.1994 . pitampura. migration tools.Managing Information system and DSS planning .Intermediate (science) Total Job Experience ( 4 + yr) Dec 2000 . 4 yr) Job Profile: . Haryana .Present IT Company. recovery. • Position Sought : Age : Qualification : Preferred Location : Job Category : • • DBA.Tunings.Developed project on Franchisee system and Remote maintenance system . other reporting tools. SC (stat). controlling and monitoring . NCR.Handling university database and various franchisees database records .1996 CBSE New delhi . Software Developer 26 years Experience : 4.2000 Aptech LTD (Pvt) South ext.Other :.B. Haryana .3 yr advance diploma in software engg (APTECH) . 3)Oracle tuning (Sql/ Database) 4)Knowledge of Solaris system administration 5)Backup and restoration management for databases 6)Database Capacity and Resource planning 7)Handling various database. report performance issues 8)Good exposure to version migration 9)ability to handle production environment independently Educational Qualification : -2001 . Bangalore.MSC (comp sc) Master in computer Science.Database architecture Designing (oracle 8i) and making strategies . windows platform) 2) Knowledge of oracle 10g. forms. new delhi .6 years msc(com sc) All India.2002 Guru jambeshwar University Hissar.Knowledge of Software Testing (SDLC) Education MCA (2003-2006) with 66% marks from GJIMT Mohali BCA (2000-2003) with 68% marks From JDIMT (Affiliated to PTU) Muktsar.
Server configuration and Deployment at Client-s place (onsite) Project 3 Name :Inventory and Customer Management System Team Size : 12 Members Duration : 8 months Development.Requirements gathering from Client (onsite) .Database design .Requirements analysis using Use Cases . Coding. Environment/ Technology : Forms5. analysis) . Environment/ Technology : D2k and oracle 9i Role Technical consultant Responsibility : . 5.Integration testing (Preparation of test cases. deploying .Role :Database architecture Responsibility : .low level design . reports and oracle 8i Role : Software enng/ DBA Responsibility :Designing. execution. Documentation.Development of Test Plans Project 4 Name : Banking Automation & transaction maintenance system Client :State bank of India (Bhubaneshwar) Team Size 8 Members Duration 6 month Development.
Taurus DBA Oracle 10g DBA Course Contents • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Introduction Installing the Oracle Database Software Creating Database Oracle Database 10g Architecture. . Controlling the Database TableSpace Management Control files management Redologfile Management Archivelog files management Administering Users Oracle Net Services Flashback Technologies Logical Backups Physical Backups Backup and Recovery Concepts using RMAN Database Cloning Data Guard (Disaster and Recovery) Up gradation from Oracle 10g to 11g Patch Management Database Tuning Automatic Storage Management (ASM) Database Server Troubleshooting SQL Loader Shell Scripting.