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I admire people who get the jobs in IT!

By silvioandpauly ·
Me again.

I've been looking for a new job - and the more I look, the more I admire you guru's out there.

Most jobs I've seen want MCSE2003, Linux/Web experience, SQL, routers, switches, and everything else (even phones).

I honestly don't know how you do it. I work about 50 hours/week - and haven't had time to keep cert current while balancing home life. My brain power seems to keep me from being an expert on all things IT related. On top of that, being an IT person with 'salt and pepper' hair is also a big disadvantage. One person looked at my college grad date and commented "I guess not much of this applies nowadays" - grrrrrr

So, I have to say "hats off" to those of you making it, or finding better jobs. I've been looking for about 2 years and feel I'm spinning my wheels.

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Hanging on by my fingertips

by stress junkie In reply to I admire people who get t ...

First I would like to share some encouraging information about stated job requirements. Very often people put more requirements in a job ad than they need and are willing to accept. I worked as a contract employee for many years. As such I was often included in meetings to determine the skill requirements of the person who would replace me. I found that many times a hiring manager would sit around a table with other IT department staff and they would brainstorm about job requirements. The list of required skills for a position would usually get bloated due to people adding skills that would be "nice to have" but were not critical to doing the job. The same thing would happen when a contract house would call me about a job that they needed to fill. The contract house rep would usually rattle off a long list of skill requirements. When I would interview for the job I would find that the skills to performm that job were not as extensive as the contract house representative had been told.

On the appearance side of things I would seriously suggest that you consider coloring your hair while you are looking for work. Just choose a color that matches your natural hair color. It will hide the grey and you will look ten years younger.

And when someone says that your education is out of date you can respond by saying that the basic skills of problem analysis and applying logic to a task are never out of date. Software tools and hardware may change over the years but the basic principles used to make them work are the same now as they were in the 1940s when computers were invented. If you know how to write a computer program then you can learn the latest high level language. If you know how to troubleshoot a computer performance problem then it doesn't matter if the computer is using paper tape or a RAID disk storage array. The basic skills remain the same over time. The tools that we use to do our job may change but experience in doing the job is more important than knowing how many CPU cores are on a given chip.

But, getting older myself, I would say that wouldn't I?

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Requirements list

by gralfus In reply to I admire people who get t ...

Many times the job "requirements" are created by people who don't really know what the requirements mean. For example, if you were to ask them what kind of things would the holder of the MCSE2003 know, you may get an answer like "How to do computers 'n stuff?"

The other side of that coin is that many companies have completely decimated their IT staff, and now want 1 or 2 people who can do everything. It is a *stupid* approach but is the common thought among business managers (i.e. reduce IT to a minimum because it is a necessary evil). So even if you know how to do all of the requirements, you may still be treated like dirt and not paid well. I narrowly missed such an "opportunity". But when you are out of work, anything looks better than not eating.

I'm trying to figure out how to move on now that I've found a position with great benefits, better pay than I've ever had, but is waaaay below the technical level I studied for. That may sound stupid, but it gets really boring. And woe to those who try to break the boredom with something interesting. "Hey, get that crap (books) out of here! What if Bud sees that?" Bud couldn't give a rodents hindquarters, but that doesn't matter to the supervisor. So I learn what I can, try to stay mentally challenged, and keep the job until I can find something better.

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