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Trying to start a new career

By Elliot Baird ·
I left the Army 3 months ago and retrained in IT. I passed my A+, Net+, MCSE W2K and my CCNA all in 8 weeks. It was hard work but I thought it would be worth it. The only thing is I dont have much real experience. I have applied for over 100 jobs across the UK but haven't even had an interview as yet. How do I get experience? How can I get an interview? How can I show an employer that I can do the job?

Any advice for someone trying to start a new career?

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Military experience

by James R Linn In reply to Bob Weinstein

I wish I could remember the name but once upon a time I was in a conference hotel, and one of the companies also having a conference at the same time was a consulting firm which was basically all ex- US Military, doing computer consulting and project management. They certainly valued the experience that the military gives.

One of our team leaders is a Sgt. in the militia(Canadian, part-time armed forces) and I think its certainly shown in his approach and his leadership qualities.

James

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Thanks

by Elliot Baird In reply to Trying to start a new car ...

Cheers for all the advice, I will keep trying I will get a job sometime. Hopefully it is sooner rather than later.

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Elliot - If you need or want

by maxwell edison In reply to Thanks

Elliot,

If you need or want someone to discuss what may come up in your job search, feel free to email me. I hire people for our company, and I have a lot of experience in interviews, resumes, etc - but on the other side of the table than you're sitting.

Best of luck,

maxwell_t_edison@yahoo.com

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Good Luck!

by Help Desk Analyst In reply to Trying to start a new car ...

You should have better luck in the UK than in the USA.

So far its so flooded here with tech workers I have been out of work for 8 months. Even when I was working I had Z+ and MCSE still come to me for help and this is only my hobby!

Better start taking that computer of your apart every now and then so your skills dont get rusty.

Good Luck!

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Z+?

by ghstinshll In reply to Good Luck!

Wow, I've never heard of that one before...

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Run your own net at home a +

by ghstinshll In reply to Trying to start a new car ...

Running your own Win2k domain at home on a DSL line, hosting your own website, own Active Directory, own DNS server, and own mail server are a big help in the experience category.

It's not enterprise experience, but valuable...

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Network.

by admin In reply to Trying to start a new car ...

Elliot,

I don't really know the UK, but this is what I would do. I would get all the information I could about employers in your area, newspaper, online info, stock info etc. and find who is doing financially well and may be in a position to hire. I would also start making as many friends at computer shops, any computer related conferences or other social gatherings as I could.
While I was doing this I would sign up at a temp service or two and tell them you would are seeking a technical position, but will accept whatever you can find. Almost every business does tech at some level or knows someone and once get a history with people that shows you are reliable, honest, hardworking etc. you will be thought of when someone either has a job or knows someone that does. Personally I would not immediately reveal my certs, but let that unfold in time. I would however reveal my interest and skill level as much as possible.

Best of Luck to You! :)

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Got A Job

by Elliot Baird In reply to Trying to start a new car ...

I have a job to start on Sunday, hurray!!

Thanks to everybody for their advice. It is only a 3 month contract to start but could be extended. I will be working on a network upgrade from NT4 to 2000. I need to move for the job but it is worth it.

Good luck to every one still looking for work.

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Start a new string...

by ghstinshll In reply to Got A Job

start a new string in here, and link to this one, and tell us about your job....

My reccommendation is to pick up a couple upgrade books and read away to make sure that you "master your 'domain' " in this case and use it as a stepping stone. Keep building exerience and asking the right questions along the way that will help you move along and up as you go.

Good job!

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Start a new string...

by ghstinshll In reply to Got A Job

start a new string in here, and link to this one, and tell us about your job....

My reccommendation is to pick up a couple upgrade books and read away to make sure that you "master your 'domain' " in this case and use it as a stepping stone. Keep building exerience and asking the right questions along the way that will help you move along and up as you go.

Good job!

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