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I need help getting past "no experience problem"

By rbrtsdad ·
I live in Greensboro area of NC and about to receive associate's degree from ITT in computer networking. I do not have work ecperience in the field and I'm worried about getting past that to get interviews. Suggestions?

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dont;' they have a job placement center?

by CG IT In reply to I need help getting past ...
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Does your school's

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I need help getting past ...

IT/IS department have an Internship program? Grab an internship, if so. That's a start.

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by Jon In reply to I need help getting past ...

Finding your first job is tough, I would tell you to look for HelpDesk or Support jobs. Smaller companies will tend to hire people without a bachelors more than larger organizations. Try getting placement through your school or temp agencies since many places find it easier to pick up employees in IT through a temp agency so if you do not work out they can dump you without much hassle. There are many sites to look for jobs in IT, check local government, state, and city sites as well for employment.

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Contracting work is a great in

by TheProfessorDan In reply to RE:

I want to second Jon's comment about the first job being the most difficult one to get. Here is my suggestion for you. Look into contracting. There are companies like Teksystems and Robert Half. A few suggestions regarding this. First off, don't turn down a contract because of the length. I have personally taken contracts that lasted a day. I have known a few people that took contracts that were supposed to be short term and ended up getting hired permanently. Second, when you get on the job, do your best to make a good impression and get your hands in as many areas as you can, with out being pushy. You have to view any wor that you do as an opportunity to gain experience and to build your references. The final bit of advice that I can give you is to have a positive attitude. I am blessed to have a great job with a great boss but like many of us out there, I paid my dues. I can't tell you how many crappy contracts I did. Some of them involved travel and working overnight on migrations.

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Well you've left it a bit late.

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to I need help getting past ...

What you needed to do was get some experience. Voluntary work, helping out the college, piece work, even answeruing questions on TR.

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