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In search of a "foot in the door"

By darealnic ·
I'm stuck in the middle, folks.

I have 10 years of IT experience (a few as a PM) and am aiming to move into the wonderful world of consulting... eventually.

There's just one thing I can't seem to wrap my head around. How does a guy break into the world of enterprise software, business intelligence SW, ERP, CRM etc... ??

- Do you go out and get training (will someone actually hire you with just a piece of paper proving you know how to plan, develop and/or deploy a solution)?

- Do you get hired at a large company to "sweep floors" just to get your foot in the door, and push towards working with this software at a later date? Or...

- Do you "stretch the truth", and just add some fancy acronyms on your resume so it'll come up in a headhunter's search tool?? Hey... unethical as it may be (and I'm not too interested in going this route), I'm sure many folks embellish their CV's with buzzwords to attract attention.

If anyone has any more practical and effective ideas, please feel free to share... I'm all ears!

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Become a consultant in the right company

by onbliss In reply to In search of a "foot in t ...

Disclaimer: I am a consultant, and for the moment happy with what I am doing :-)

Ever since I became a consultant, my employer finds contracts for me in medium/large size companies. On two occasions I have got a small contracts for some Access or Word automation.

Twice I was lucky to land into positions where I was exposed to Data warehouse projects. In one project I worked on the front end - ASP/VB6 - to the datamarts. In another, I worked on the ETL part as I knew SQL Server/DTS.

Currently I am working in a big enterprise, where sometimes it appears I am just a small plankton in the big ocean.

You might have to wander little bit before settling down with the right employer. So find a consulting firm that has large enterprises with projects in your interest areas and work with them for sometime.

I think you are fortunate that you know what you want to do and have chosen areas of interest. It means you have thought quite a bit about it. Sometimes I just aimlessly spend my time on this planet :-(

~~~good luck

edited: typo

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Some thoughts

by JamesRL In reply to In search of a "foot in t ...

Two ways to do this:

1) Find a company that is not using an up to date suite of software and get in the door. Once you know a direction, take the initiative and take some courses in that product and let them know.

or 2) Go after a job at one of the many large consulting firms that handle migrations for a living.

DO NOT EMBELLISH YOUR RESUME. Its a small world, and I have already caught someone doing this and both denied the person an interview and notified his reference about the lie. Word gets around. If we catch you in a lie about your resume here, we will fire you and you won't be able to apply at any of our sister companies either.

Its a stretch to take the time to get training and then go hunting for the job, unless you are fairly mobile. Unless you happen to hit the right roulette wheel and get the hot skill(which will be cold in a few months).

James

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Move to big city

by aaronjg77 In reply to In search of a "foot in t ...

That is where the consulting firms are. I live in Tokyo. There are a **** of a lot here.

You sound like you have a head on your shoulders and a firm goal. That is the best start.

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Getting into a new technical area

by sajimon.alex In reply to In search of a "foot in t ...

Given the amount of IT experience and clear about which direction you want to move to, I would say take some training and preferably get CERTIFIED. If you are ready to work a bit hard looking out for a job, you should get a job in this new area.

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A good contract

by MagicTom In reply to In search of a "foot in t ...

You need a good contract before you start. I know it is not easy without experience. But it is the only sure way. The one that will give you the contract is most likely someone who know you and who is confident that you will have the job done, even if you have to get training to complete it (in IT training is a way of life, what you knew 6 months ago is less inportant than what you just learn, some people are intelligent enough to have undertood that. So in a way in IT what you know is not very important, employers and client should focus on the hability of the IT consultant to deliver and the hability of the consultant to recycle himself... of course it is not what happens in real life, employer are most of the time incompetent about IT, and client expect to receive everythings at under cost).

So good luck, and remember if often work well, but whithout a first contract, it is not easy

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cv embellishment

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to In search of a "foot in t ...

I've run into a few embellishers just recently interviewing for a vacancy. Sitting on the other side of the table is new to me.

The 'best' two cvs I got were the two worst candidates. I crossed them off my list after novice level question two.

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Start small

by Jack-M In reply to In search of a "foot in t ...

Hi, I'm doing what you want to do. First a good track record with some impressive diplomas, creds etc., behind you is a good thing. Don't try to get work based on a diploma, a course you took, certification etc. You'll get work based on what you can do. I started bt cold calling construction sites, companies that were expanding etc. and pold them how they could improve their IT situation by hiring me and going with my plan. Which, BTW, I didn't have yet. Convince them or any possible client of the value of systems integration. Deal with small businesses that probably won't get a proposal from the big boys. If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit till you have your foot in the door and they need you to finish a job already started. IT's awful hard to start up a pharmacy, doctor's or dentist's office without phones, faxes, centralized inventory control, etc. You can do it. Very hard and discouraging at first but when word starts to spread you'll fly like the wind.
Approach general contractors or principals and offer them great services at reasonable prices to hire or recommend you to design/eengineer computerized integrated systems compatible with their needs.
Good luck

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