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B.S. IT major looking advice on setting up a solid IT resume

By chazgarrett ·
Currently I am a student at a four year college and have been sifting through career paths. I believe I have made my solid decision and are sticking to this one. I am currently still taking A.S. IT courses and working on a B.S. I'm considering being a transit student with the tech college down the street and get a CCNA. I also have a volunteer opportunity with the technical college in networking. Based upon my own experience, internships are not available for someone at this point. After studying the market a little bit, I've found that the one characteristic that most commonly desired is "experience". Thus, the reason why I have started as early as I can to get something that will give me some experience within the field. For the knowledgeable and optimistic IT professionals, what else do you advise so that one can do to set themselves apart from the "average" graduating college student?

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You have to be at the literal doorstep in your journey

by santeewelding In reply to B.S. IT major looking adv ...

Before, even, remedial.

First, expunge your plea of every last grammatical fault. That is, if you know how.

Not only do you lay it out before the world...you lay it out most importantly for yourself. You guide your own thinking with how you structure what you are saying.

Unless, you are cutting and pasting. In which case, I have nothing whatsoever to say in response to you, retracting all above.

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by chazgarrett In reply to You have to be at the lit ...

I appreciate your constructive criticism about my ability to effectively write. Though, I wish your criticism had more relevancy to the topic at hand.

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The topic at hand

by santeewelding In reply to In Response

Is your presentation -- your "resume". It is first in order of your relevancy. Your byzantine content is a distant second.

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santeewelding is a little esoteric...

by jmgarvin In reply to In Response

With that being said, cleaning up your resume is never a bad idea.

Also make sure you volunteer to help anyone that will have you. I'd find a good non-profit or not for profit group and help them out.

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Do as

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to B.S. IT major looking adv ...

santee said. Clean up your written word. Read some of the resume threads. You get past HR with your resume, you're on the desk of people who consider that important.

And take that volunteer opportunity if you can while you're in school. Learn all you can from it. It could lead to 'interesting' things. There are internal employment venues for students that as often as not help pay tuition. Keep your eyes and ears open. Work well while looking and listening.

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How About Some Useful Advice?

by shadetreeadmin In reply to B.S. IT major looking adv ...

I am sorry your original post got the response it did. I'm guessing that wasn't what you were asking for. Of course, you will need to boost your writing skills (if they are in fact in need of boosting--I hardly think a forum post is the place to evaluate writing, though). Listen, I am perhaps one step ahead of you on a similar journey in that I have an entry-level IT position. Breaking into a field can be hard at first, but one piece of advice I can give you (especially when experience is not what you have) is to get to know some professionals in your area. I'm talking about calling around and boldly asking to sit down with one of them and have them tell you what they are looking for in an employee. You will get valuable information and you'll begin the process of networking with other professionals.

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What's

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to How About Some Useful Adv ...

not useful about clean up your resume, and take advantage of a hands on opportunity?

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Announcing yourself

by santeewelding In reply to How About Some Useful Adv ...

By any means whatsoever amounts to a cover letter.

That said, your advice about seeking out advice was prescient. I have many times over the years been approached, and been "sucked into", one-on-one, face-to-face (that part is important) by prescient young. They were quiet in their knowledge that soliciting advice about specifics of work and career is one of the highest compliments you can pay to someone who succeeds in what that young person wishes to emulate.

Sure put me on my toes. Almost like the unverbalized plea you are met with in raising a child.

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by chazgarrett In reply to How About Some Useful Adv ...

I deeply appreciate your advice. I am starting that next week with the technical college so I will be working with a network administrator and anyone else within the IT department that needs help. I believe it will be some good exposure to the life. Lol.

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