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Trying to get connection in the company ......

By jabney ·
Hello Tech Republic
I post a question that maybe you can help me with. I have posted something similar but it was more of a general question, I have something more specific Where I am currently working they have job posting and I know that I don?t have the experience that is needed to really complete the job . May have knowledge of what has to be done but not enough to jump in the position and be an effective player. I want to let them know about me and my skills and maybe consider me at a later time. How should I go about trying to my name in the IT Department? Any suggestions?

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Agree with the crap....

by TelcoIT In reply to What a load of crap....

I agree totally

It's the "soft" skills that keep you from being outsourced. For instance, communication skills seem to always be lacking in the IT industry. Many programmers don't have the ability to verbally communicate successfully and professionally when under pressure during an application outage without getting defensive and/or arrogant. Having effective communication sklls and excellent interpersonal skills will help open a lot of doors for you.

Just remember, the boss you work for may have the final word to hire you, but he doesn't have the final word when he can hire you.

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Assume Nothing!

by calais_norman In reply to Trying to get connection ...

I can tell you from first hand knowledge that just because you may be short on skills or experience doesn't mean that you won't get a shot. One of the replies to your question is entitled "Get Friendly." Truer words could never be spoken.
I have a friend that by most IT management standards has marginal, but general skills. His history is basically in the helpdesk arena. However, this guy is famous for getting IT posotions that he is not even remotely qualified. He does it by using his personality to "get in good" with the people who can put him into the kinds of positions that he seeks and that works for him. Don't misunderstand me; he is a hard worker and known for trying to make good on an oportunity once he is given a shot. I personally don't know if he understands the magnitude of coming from a helpdesk environment to becoming a manager of a multi-server LAN. If anyone can pull it off, it is him.
Now the downside...
If he fails, he could end up with anything from a junior LAN admin position to falling off of the management radar altogether. You can charm your way into a position, but at the end of the day performance is what will keep you there.
Go for what you know, but be prepared to accept the consequences of the old cliche "sink or swim."

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Ask For The Job

by Wayne M. In reply to Trying to get connection ...

Go to your supervisor and tell him, "I am really interested in this job listing. Can you help me out?"

If you want to make something happen, you need to make your interest known. Your boss is probably on better footing to approach the other hiring manager and determine how firm the various requirements may be. Often a good work reputation will outweigh some skill requirements. In many cases, it is preferrable to have a reliable, easy to get along with person who needs to come up to speed on the skill set, than it is to have a skill guru who acts like a prima donna and disrupts the rest of the work team.

Even if this one falls through, you have made your interest known. The next time something similar arises, your name may now be at the top of the list. In the best case, you can get the job before it ever makes it to a job listing.

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Talk to the hiring manager

by BlueKnight In reply to Trying to get connection ...

If I were you, I'd get an appointment to talk with the hiring manager... call it an informational interview. You go in and talk to him /her about the position and let them know that you're interested, but you aren't sure if you're ready for it (and why you think you come up short). Don't forget to dress nicely... even though you're not on an interview for the job, you want to make a good impression (for the future).

Ask for more details on the knowlege and experience expected of the ideal candidate. This should help you identify areas where you may need to get more training and/or experience. It also gives the manager an opportunity to determine what your skill set is... it *might* even be adequate for the position -- but you'll never know unless you go talk to them.

Ask for suggestions on how you could gain that additional knowlege/experience. Generally, if you're in the company already (and a good employee), any decent manager will be more than happy to help you to prepare yourself for a move up.

You have nothing to lose, and hopefully a lot to gain.

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don't burn bridges along the way

by misscrf In reply to Talk to the hiring manage ...

While you are looking, make sure you make your intentions clear with your present boss. If you are seen as sneaking around, this could bite you bad.

good luck

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Connect with an IT personnel

by woodie_88 In reply to Trying to get connection ...

Connect with IT personnel within that department. Find out from that person if you could hang around when you are not busy with designated work and help out. The more time you spend with them the more they will see your abilities. Observe a lot and ask questions where necessary.

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Seek higher and ye shall find glory.

by ELF555 In reply to Trying to get connection ...

If you are scared to try something new and possibly fail, you have already reached your maximum potential.

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Perhaps IT isn't the place to focus..

by Matthew Moran In reply to Trying to get connection ...

I wrote an article in 2002 titled, IT doesn't just occur in IT. The same philosophy holds true today.

I believe the small to mid-sized businesses remain underserved in most useful IT functions. They typically have budgets and a need (between 30-250 employees). I believe those wishing to make a mark as IT professionals can do very well focusing on that market.

However, you might find that your title is not a traditional IT title. I advocate getting on the PILOT program (Pay In Lieu Of Title).

In December 2004 or January 2005 my book, The IT Career Builder's Toolkit will be released by Cisco Press. Their reason for picking it up is that I focus indivdiuals away from the traditional IT career routes and strategies.

Their is still a decent living and great opportunity in IT but not if your idea is to be a network administrator for a company with 2000 people. It just doesn't equate to value for that company. That is a widget commodity as far as they are concerned.

You have to be able to communicate and understand the business objectives of your organization and then build tools that enable or assist in achieving those objectives. That is where value can be found.

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