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Breaking into the IT Field

By mikeewalton ·
Can someone give me some tips on breaking into the IT field. I am currently attending classes at ITT Tech, for degrees in Network Admin., and System Security. I have quite a large knowledge base, and lots of personal experience, but no verifiable job experience. Can someone give me some tips on how to find my first IT job?

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Ask around

by jmgarvin In reply to Breaking into the IT Fiel ...

Talk to your instructors and your rep. Your instructors work in the field or probably know somebody in the field. Your rep can help you get everything you need in order.

Make sure your resume is in tip top shape. Your instructors will probably be willing to look over your resume to make sure it is good to go.

Since you are graduating in BS ISS, you are on the right track to breaking into the IT field. Make sure to hit the classifieds in your newpaper,,, and

If you need further help, let me know...

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An Idea for you....

by brian In reply to Breaking into the IT Fiel ...

A student of ours had the same problem, and it was recommended by an "employed" student that they join some kind of IT / Computer user group. Which makes sense. A majority of the people who attend such groups are either consultants (who have alot of contacts within various companies) or are in fact decision makers themselves. Get to know people.

Another idea could be temping....

What you can do is become a consultant yourself, or an instructor, if that's something you would be comfortable doing. Students appreciate being taught by a MCT who has real world experience.

Hope this helps.
Brian Mueller

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Yes...You might want to join the ACM

by jmgarvin In reply to An Idea for you....

The ACM is a good way to get job listings and contacts.

If you want to go down the instructor path, I am sure that your local campus can help you.

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my suggestion

by tdaisy In reply to Breaking into the IT Fiel ...

I was in the same situation about 3 years ago. I am not sure of the job market situation in your area, but if it tough I would suggest looking for an internship (paid). This will give you the needed hands on experience, plus an opportunity to get your foot in the door with the company. Your school, instructors, friends might have leads on what companies would have internships. Otherwise, go to the websites of larger companies in your area (like hospitals, banks, etc) you might find some job leads like that. It might take doing cold calls to companies to find the position. Good luck and welcome to IT.

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Hey, you named the chapter...

by Matthew Moran In reply to Breaking into the IT Fiel ...

Techrepublic has posted a sample chapter from my book, The IT Career Builder's Toolkit. Chapter 11: Breaking Into IT - The Entry-Level Dilemma


Matthew Moran
The IT Career Builder's Toolkit

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In Your Book

by mikeewalton In reply to Hey, you named the chapte ...

In your book, you give advice for breaking into the IT field. You suggest to look for jobs that require IT related skills, but are not in a IT department. Could you give me some examples?

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