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By Steviejay ·
I've just recently graduated from Uni with a BSc in Applied Computing and now I'm job hunting. The nature of the course I sat denotes that I've sort of become a "jack of all trades but master of none" where I've been submerged in a great many aspects of the IT field yet I have never fully specialised in one and I think this is starting to affect my employment chances. From what I did learn at uni and from my own knowledge I'm aiming for the tech support sector however I've applied for several jobs and I haven't even got an email back informing me that I was unsuccessful.

I was wondering if anyone could suggest if there was anywhere I could go or focus on in an attempt to better my chances of finally getting my foot in the door. I believe the biggest problem is my "lack of experience" as most tech support jobs insist upon a number of years experience. Is ther anything I can do to get experience so I can further my chances or perhaps any other tips to get myself on the IT career ladder?

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Try Club Fed

by jeefray In reply to Job Hunting

Experience does count but with Federal employment, just being willing to take the job at the salary levels available, is all you need. Watch out for the velvet rut, however, as you sink in and realize that money vs security can be the trap of your undoing. A comfy Fed job, with benefits is nice and you will probably have no competition, as the Federal gov is notriously slow to adopt technology of any kind. You could be "King" of your own hill but never a mountain.

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by hamed.khalili In reply to Try Club Fed

Well, We're kind of in the same boat mate. What I would suggest you to go and do is get a microsoft cert or cisco cert to get your knowledge more focused instead of knowing a bit of everything. About Experience, you're absolutely true, but again by providing a certification on your uni degree you're gonna impress the employer and that'll increase your chance of landing a job.
Hope you to get a job ASAP.

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Where are you based?

by neilb@uk In reply to Job Hunting

This is an international forum and it's easier to give meaningful advice if we've got the right country!

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based in Scotland

by Steviejay In reply to Where are you based?

yeah, my bad, I realised after writing it I'd messed up. I'm based in Scotland, UK and I'm starting to feel I may need to move down to England to find work

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You don't say where in Scotland

by sleepin'dawg In reply to based in Scotland

Right now there seems to be a lot happening in Glasgow or you could try Dublin. Hope you're flexible as regards relocating and if you aren't involved in any long term relationships; you should be. Home is a place where you hang your hat.

Dawg ]:)

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by Steviejay In reply to You don't say where in Sc ...

I'm currently in Glasgow which I always thought would be brimming with chances to get on the ladder but all the sites I look and newspapers I look at seem to be barren. Originally I thought it was due to the time of year but because of Uni fee's I owe quite a bit of money so I'd quite like a job.

I'd rather not move but if I don't get a job soon I may not have any choice.

For applying for tech support jobs what skills would be best to highlight in your resume. You can't exactly say "oh yeah, I help my mates all the time"

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Don't limit yourself to newpapers adds

by fregeus In reply to Glasgow

Hi Stevie

If things are the same in your neck of the woods as they are here (i'm in Canada), you should not limit yourself to just looking at newspaper adds and sites.

You have to go and knock on doors, present yourself to the IT community, go to shows, make yourself some business cards, even if your are looking for a perm job instead of contractual. Go see headhunters, ask them what the companies are looking for, where to go, who to see.

You have to sell yourself out there as much as possible. I absolutly hated doing that a while back when i was looking for work. But its what got me a job. And i have over 10 years experience.


Good luck and a happy new year to you and your love ones.

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A few more ideas

by JamesRL In reply to Don't limit yourself to n ...

It is a great idea to not limit yourself to newspapers and internet ads. There is a lot out there that doesn't get advertised, and you should never close any doors that might lead to an opportunity.

First, use your personal network. You went to school with a number of people. They know people. Talk to them. Let them know, without being pushy, what you are interested in, and ask them to keep you in mind if they hear anything. Ask them what they are looking for, and do the same for them. You will be suprised at how many opportunities you come across that might not be a fit for you, but might be a fit for someone else.

Talk to headhunters sure. Don't turn up your nose at contracting either - its a great way to get a varied resume. You can use contracting to try on a role before making a permanent committment. Many people prefer contracting.

Do some target marketing. Draw up a sketch of your ideal job, and then think about the companies that would have that kind of role. Do a little research, find out who would be the hiring manager if they had a position. Do a little more research , and write a marketing letter - this is who I am, this is what I can offer. Ask for an informational interview - just a short interview where you can find out what the job would be like and what the environment is like.

Target 10 companies. Follow up your letters with a friendly phone call. Review your results - if you didn't get any good feedback, then change your letter and your resume to get better results - repeat as necessary.


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Try internships

by LibTechCU In reply to A few more ideas

It's too late to get experience doing work study at your college, but you may be able to do an internship either at your college or with another company. This is not only a great way to get experience, but to get your foot in the door.

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Thank you.

by ghill123 In reply to A few more ideas

These are some good ideas, I have seen ad's for internships but not too many.

I'll do what you are sugesting.

Thank you.

Greg Hill

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