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By jimjennings ·
I am looking for a job in the IT field, LAN support or system administration, and I have posted my resume online, applied for a number of positions on line, and I don't seem to be getting anywhere. I have an Associates Degree, nine years of PC build/troubleshoot/repair expiriance, seven years of network expiriance, five years of NT network expiriance, experiance with 10Base5 10BaseT 100BaseT ethernet networks and Token Ring networks. I have provided PC and LAN support in my current position forthree years (though my job title does not indicate that). I keep hearing that there is a large demand for IT professionals, but I haven't heard anything. What am I doing wrong, and how can I better market my skils and abilities?

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by RCC In reply to Where should I start?

I've tried similar thinks and no good. I went to a recruiting company and registered in their database. 12 months later I had an interview with a recruiting officer, and two weeks after that another interview with one employer. Since then I've changed two jobs through the same officer and now I'm finally in the position I've wanted, with more than double the salary and benefits I had at my first job. Same officer helped several friends of mine.
My oppinion is to try to focus and specialise in one field (i.e.: Infrastructure, System Engineering, etc,) and try to expoit it as a niche market.
Regards,
Radu

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by jimjennings In reply to Where should I start?

Thank you for your help.

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by Ann777 In reply to Where should I start?

Without seeing a resume, it's difficult to judge. The above has a number of spelling and punctuation errors.

Job situations depend a number of factors... including location, industry, experience and education. You sound like you have a lot ofthe basics down...5 years NT experience is great! 9 years technical experience is great too! You should be able to easily find technical support jobs.

System Administration positions may need more in terms of UNIX (at least in this physical location (city)), UNIX knowledge or experience will make you more rounded in technology. What about Novell NetWare? Apples?

Recruiters look at everything... how long has it been since that AA degree? Have there been unexplained gaps between jobs? Have you had many jobs for a short period of time?

You may need to look at revising your resume toward the things you have accomplished (list work experience... "job titles" are not always indicative of accomplishments). You might need to get others to read and comment on your resume. Do you have people you've helped with computers that you can use as personal references?

Persistance pays. Don't give up.

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by jimjennings In reply to Where should I start?

Thank you for your help.

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by JoOehrlein In reply to Where should I start?

You don't say how long you've been looking. A job search can seem like it takes forever because of the anxiety.

When I was looking, I had a list of IT sites that I went through every day. I had a couple of different resumes and cover letters customized towards slightly different jobs. I applied as soon as I found out about a job -- I wanted my resume to be one of the first they had. Several of the job ads actually were from recruiters and I talked to all of them, making sure they understood what my experience was and what I was interested in doing. A recruiter can't market you if they don't know enough about you. If a recruiter suggests changes to your resume, then make them.

Make sure that your resume has all the buzzwords you can think of that might possibly apply. In an interview you can explain the depth of your experience.

Make sure that people know you are looking for a job. Often the lead comes from an unexpected place. You might consider going to the local PC User's Group (if there is one where you live). Contacts you make there could be valuable.

I wouldn't emphasize your job title if it doesn't accurately reflect your IT responsibilities.

Have someone you trust (or several someones) proofread your cover letters and resumes. It's VERY important for these to be free of grammar and spelling mistakes. The impression you want is competent and professional.

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by JoOehrlein In reply to Where should I start?

The IT market is not great where I live right now, either, but I've had several friends get jobs in recent months. They say that the ads represent just a small portion of the jobs that are out there. Send your resume to any company you'd like to work for and send it in to any recruiter with jobs that seem similar to what you're interested in. Describe your work as LAN manager in your resume, including all the buzz words.

If you're open to moving, think about where you'd like to live and start looking at listings for there (on monster.com, their local newspaper (which is probably on the web), dice.com, etc.). Then, think about what companies would be cool to work for that are in that location and send resumes to them, whether they are hiring or not. At the very least, check out their web site to look at the jobs they have listed. They may not be posted anywhere else.

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by jimjennings In reply to Where should I start?

Thank you for your help.

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by jimjennings In reply to Where should I start?

Thank you for your posts to my question. I am reading them, I just have not rated them because I am hoping for a few more ideas. I have worked for my current employer, in several different capacities, for over six years, so I am not a job-hopper. I got started with computers in 1989 with an Amiga 500, and in 1992, with the eminent demise of the Amiga line, I migrated to PC's. I began building them for friends and family (when you could save a lot of money by doing that), operated a BBS (Lantastic, got up to 10 nodes). I was not employed in the IT field, I was a lab tech at a chemical plant, and then promoted/advanced to the accounting department. I had more computer experience than the LAN Manager at the time, and I helped him out with advice and labor, and when he left for a new job, the responsibility of supporting the network was added to my responsibilities (though there was no adjustment in compensation). For over two years I have been the LAN Manager, setup, troubleshoot, administration, documentation, you name it, at our plant. I support 65 users on 45 machines with two servers and 12 network printers in a 23 acre environment that requires the use of fiber to reach many of the machines. We connect through a 156k fractional T1 to the rest of our company, and off site equipment that I support connectivity to includes AS400, IBM and HP mainframe systems accessed through reflections, and SAP. I am in Penascola, Florida, and there is not a large market for IT professionals here, but I am willing to relocate. Any advice on where to look, how to look, would be much appreciated. Except for my time in the Navy this is the only job I have had, so I have no real experience in job hunting. So far my endeavors have been limited to Internet job posting sites. Thank you for your help.

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by e-Fellow In reply to Where should I start?

I have notied that people in desperate need advertise locally, so check your newspapers and such. And do not count out jobs that are maybe not exaclty what you WANT. Get your foot in the door and then **** them away you will gain much needed experience and you will grow. One more thing considering your lack of BS degree, certifications and experience to some degree, once you find yourself in an interview, DO NOT TALK MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT AND DESIRE THAN YOU ABOUT YOUR DESIRE FOR AN OPPURTUNITY, THEN IF THEY GIVE YOU ONE, ROCK-N-ROLL. Get training, gain experience, learn how to deal with people, and most of all say what you can actually and actually do what you say!

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by jimjennings In reply to Where should I start?

Thank you for your help.

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