DBA job

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Dear Eric, I am a database programmer working on Foxpro and SQL Server 6.5/7.0/2000, Recently I want to change my job to a dba, I have strong skill in T-SQL, stored procedure, create trigger, mornitor performance, and tuning database, also I have strong skill in design database, I am very familia with logical and physical database design. I can not get interview done. the interviewer always say that "You are a good programmer but not good dba" So what is requrement for a good DBA.(Excellent Level)

Thank you very much for your help

-- Anonymous, October 18, 2003


Tong Liang,

Looking in job listings at http://www.dice.com, I see that the listings include, in addition to skills you have listed, requests for the following particular skills:

o Exp with MS tools o Access o support Troubleshooting o Backup and Recovery o Implementing new databases o Participate in the DBA 24x7 On-Call support rotation o provide project leadership over other Systems Engineers o mentoring of junior employees o complex problem resolution o daily production support o four-year college degree o 4-6 years experience working as a DBA o Exposure to mainframe, desktop, and UNIX system support is preferred o Support experience will include installation, setup and configuration o troubleshooting of hardware, software, and network issues o experienced in large DBs in excess of 1.8 TB o Must have been responsible for large environment with multiple (20+) DBs o Requires MS SQL Clustering o Requires experience in DB spanning across multiple attached volumes or SAN volumes o installs and maintains the RDBMS with respect to distributed architecture, distributed transactions, fail-over, recovery, remote connectivity, standards and procedures, and database security o install new database application releases o review and make recommendations DB parameters, cache, threading, real-time processing vs batching; manage logical and physical storage of DB users and develop scripts to run daily, weekly, monthly and ad- hoc reporting o 7x24 production operations o Erwin o Data warehouse o MSFT certfied DBA preferred o migration to a formal data warehousing architecture o strong experience with DTS package o strong clustering experience

Don't worry if your not one of the three people in the world that have all of that experience. (That list was derived from 10 job listings after all!) I'm sure that you have a few of these skills already and can update your resume to fully reflect experience that employers are looking for.

Good Luck,


-- Anonymous, October 19, 2003

Thanks Eric, that is a great help

-- Anonymous, October 19, 2003

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