Job-Hunting Tips for the SQL Crowd

Susan Hall
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The tech recruiting market is active and hiring managers have defined the priorities to start 2012.

With Microsoft due to release SQL Server 2012 in a couple of weeks, there's much to learn there. The new version will add new capabilities for the cloud and management of Big Data.


But in a post at her blog SQL Awesomesauce, Jen McCown writes that if you put "SQL Server" on your resume, you should at least know some basics of it. (That seems pretty obvious.) Among her points:

  • Data types are important: If you have touched SQL Server enough to warrant a line on page 1 of your resume, you need to know some of the extreme basics, such as data types.
  • SP_ means system stored procedure. Don't use it
  • Database objects are important. Be familiar with some.
  • Know what you know. She makes the point that there is SQL Server 2003. Get the versions right.


She winds up by saying that if you don't know these things, perhaps you shouldn't list SQL Server among your skills.


In a post at (full disclosure: I blog there, too), Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson writes about questions interviewers ask senior SQL Server database administrators. Here are some examples:


  • Tell me about the size technical environment you previously worked in, and how many databases you managed simultaneously.
  • What is the largest database you have administered?
  • What third-party database tools are your favorites?
  • What has been your biggest success or accomplishment as an SQL database administrator?


Remember to understand the difference between accomplishments and responsibilities or job duties. A device known as SAR - situation, action, result - can help keep you on the right track there.

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