||Well, I'm actually hoping that TC rating can get me an _interview_ first. That's my current problem right now. No company ever call me for an interview for an IT job unless someone they know can vouch for my skill.
The second problem is, my work experiences are getting more and more irrelevant to IT. I need something IT related that can reflect on my current IT skill, which is topcoder.
Given how companies conducted their recruitment at topcoder, do TC rating significantly increase/decrease my chance for getting interviews? How much my ages (almost 30) hurt my interview chance, given that I don't have many IT experiences?