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No one calls me about my resume

By TJD0200 ·
This threat is probably pretty repetitive compared to everyone else's who is looking for new work. But, I'm having quite a problem. I'm 25, been out of school almost 4 years with a degree in MIS, and did two relevant IT internships in college. Presently, I've been with the same company for the past 3 years and its time to move on. Its a small company without about 60 workstations and 5 servers. I run the whole infrastructure including setup, maintenance, etc. right down to doing all of the cabling. Also, I manage and maintain the phone system too.

I know I'm young. But, as far as real-time experience I think I'm pretty well versed. I can say with some confidence that I'm pretty competent. I just don't have paper saying I did these things.

But, I can't seem to find another job. Before, I was at the company I'm with now, I spoke to a job hunting consultant and he told me was to shave my goatee, which didn't get me a job by the way.

Any advice for someone in my position looking to take the next step into either more advanced network administration or analysis.

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Resume

by BFilmFan In reply to No one calls me about my ...

Where's the resume online so that the peers can take a look and make suggestions.

What types of positions are you applying for?

What certifications do you hold?

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GO BACK TO COLLEGE AND CHANGE YOUR MAJOR

by jakcap In reply to Resume

GET OUT OF IT WHILE YOU HAVE THE CHANCE!!

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Networking; Figuring out why you're special

by DC Guy In reply to No one calls me about my ...

Most jobs are gotten by networking. Five of the six jobs I've had in the past ten years were landed because of a personal contact. A hiring manager may receive literally a hundred resumes, so no matter how good yours is he might very well never get around to looking at it.

Assuming you're submitting these resumes by e-mail, your goal is to get the manager's attention in the half second it takes her to scroll past it. The title line of your e-mail has to be eye-catching, make a positive social impression, and distinguish you from the competition. You have to be assertive without being aggressive.

But what you really have to have is something that the other applicants don't have. Depending on the company and the job, it can be a fabulous combination of skills and experience that gives you unique insight into your profession. It can be familiarity with something new and important. It can be a vision of where a company should be going.

You need to figure out what makes you special and say it. Your self-description above doesn't do that. You sound like you may be hot stuff, but you don't tell me why I should hire you instead of the 25-30 of the other 99 applicants who are also hot stuff.

Work-related is preferable, but you do whatever you have to. You'd be surprised how many managers are keeping an eye out for good players for their softball teams.

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networking isn't mandatory

by Lumbergh77 In reply to Networking; Figuring out ...

At least it hasn't in my situation. I'm sure that'll probably change after I hit 40 or so where so many are booted out of the field. All of my IT jobs so far have been found through newspaper or online ads.

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Being an employer with open position that I cannot fill here is my advice

by dacook In reply to networking isn't mandator ...

As an employer who currently has 2 openings that I cannot fill, here are my recommendations.

Get technical:
I see way too many resumes that come across my desk that very vague. I mean that, when describing your past jobs give me examples. Give me facts, and prove to me you know what you are talking about.

Make is stand out:
Your resume, is your 30 second chance to prove to me that you have what I am looking for. I am not telling you to put all the "buzz" words of the day in it, but what I am saying is prove to me that you know what you are talking about when you put it down on there.

Give me data about you:
As an employer, I don't care if you give me a 2 page resume, but if you do have a multi-page resume, make sure it is filled with relevant data about you and your experiences.

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More advice

by Roy Penfold In reply to Being an employer with op ...

Ensure your resume is tailored to the position to which you are applying.

Give your next employer details as to how you match their requirements....Don't just 'cut and paste'.

Give relevant skill sets (etc).

FYI I have been in this game for 15 years and still tailor resumes to fit the job!

Wishing you good luck in your career.

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I would concur..

by pjws In reply to Being an employer with op ...

In the 8+ yrs I have been looking at other peoples resumes..some 500 a week give or take .. I have always been struck by the ones that have given me insight into what they have accomplished for others, and what that skill can bring to a new team. Your resume is potentially the only opportunity you will ever get to spend time with potential co-worker prior to being introduced at an interview.. make that time count !! If you took less than a week to fine tune your resume.. go back and re work it.. make sure it has value, both to you and to your potential employer.. trust me .. I have told more candiates to go back and fix it.. before I would even present it to my clients.. Here's a hint.. 10yrs.. 2 pages.. 20 yrs..4.. and make them all count !!

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Great Advice

by SamIam09 In reply to Being an employer with op ...

Best advice Ive ever heard.

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Move to India

by spyy In reply to Networking; Figuring out ...

Move to India, thats where most of the IT support jobs are going too. Companies want cheap labor nowadays.

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or China (PRC)

by Too Old For IT In reply to Move to India

You will learn to do it the collective way.

You will learn to keep your opinions to yourself.

You will learn to thrive on the equivalent of 50? an hour.

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