I have been browsing the questions here for advice on how to prepare and approach for going back to the job market. The Q&As have been a lot helpful but I would like to share some of the questions I and some others might still have in this market, and hope for responses.
Five years ago right after getting my BSCS, I got an internship as a system admin with a large sized company and got hired as a software support Engineer ( fixing defects) and then java/J2EE developer in the same company. Overall I had 4 years of experience but was not confident with my skills and could not have a good grasp of the product we were developing, so I left the company over a year ago in search of my dream job :). But now after analyzing many things I still want to go back, but this time try web development. Now the catch is I forgot many concepts and coding after a year. Here are some questions I am dealing with right now. Can you please help me find a way?
1- How can I start learning about the web development? what do you suggest to learn to be able to compete with the rest of the candidates? to what level of understanding I should get in this field to know I am ready to look for jobs and how long should my estimate be to reach that level?
2- My resume shows I have been out of the market for over a year and my skills are mostly in Java programming and debugging. I assume most roles won't consider me as a candidate due to this gap in my career. How can I compensate for that and get more interviews?
3- Now that I am planning to move to a new area of software engineering that I don't have any experience in, should I consider my 4 years of industry experience? or considering the break I had should I look for junior development jobs?