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    by nnoon ·

    I was laid off from a rent a car company back in July 2004 since then I tried my best to look for a job that would pay as close to as what I was making (68k).I was hired by SAIC in August of 2004 and was required to get TS/SCI Clearance .I filled out all the forms in September of 2004 .I am still waiting to get my Clearance .I was not born in USA may be that could be the reason why it is taking so long.I did B.A in Journalism and asking if anyone can help me get a Job .

    Thank you

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    • #2535573

      Who are you and what are your technical qualifications?

      by why me worry? ·

      In reply to Unemployed

      This website is dedicated to those in the Information Technology field. We can’t help you if we don’t know who you are or what technical skills you have. Perhaps you should try your luck with sites like Monster and Hotjobs.

      • #2535529

        my luck

        by nnoon ·

        In reply to Who are you and what are your technical qualifications?

        I dont have any IT Background but I want to get in IT field.I want to start at entry level and may be work my way up

        My name is Rana

        • #2535528

          And you want 70K/Yr no exp?

          by w2ktechman ·

          In reply to my luck

          I am pretty sure that is not going to happen. You will probably get a $20-30k/yr for starting in the field unless you have some special skills. Without any special skills you may get upwards of $12-15/hr

        • #2537201

          I would take that

          by nnoon ·

          In reply to And you want 70K/Yr no exp?

          I would take that just to get in IT field.

          I am just tired of being non IT


        • #2537184

          Don’t do it just for the money

          by why me worry? ·

          In reply to I would take that

          If you’re not serious about making the commitment of working long hours and studying plenty of technical material, then IT is not for you. IT takes dedication and passion and is not something for those who simply chase a dream of striking it rich. Consider it carefully before you proceed.

        • #2515298

          So why can’t people…

          by onbliss ·

          In reply to Don’t do it just for the money

          …do it for money? Anything wrong with that?

        • #2515256

          Think M$…

          by dawgit ·

          In reply to So why can’t people…

          Does that answer that question?
          No, it’s not about the money, it’s nice to make of course, but if you don’t have the drive to do it, all the money in the world won’t keep you going long.

        • #2515929

          The drive will come…

          by onbliss ·

          In reply to So why can’t people…

          …as you keep working.

        • #2515795

          Heart <-> Brain Conection

          by dawgit ·

          In reply to So why can’t people…

          if there’s that, anything will work.
          I think it’s called ‘Passion’ Sad that our society doesen’t put as much emphasis on that as it used to.

        • #2515792

          Attitude, right?

          by onbliss ·

          In reply to So why can’t people…

          If one has the attitude, then one can always put the heart into the job, right? Ofcourse if one lacks the “raw brain power” then the person is not going to shine in industries that critically need “raw brain power”.

          I just don’t have the skill sets to create music (I had some interest and practiced Violin for couple of years). But I can always get trained in some areas and get employed in the massive music industry – without having to write one line of lyric or create music, right?

          I can not paint or draw great (though I had some nominal interest ). But still I can pick up some skills or get trained in some areas (cartoon, sketches etc) and write books for kids, right?

          And you might be able to provide so many examples where passion is a criteria to survive and excel 🙂 I believe our IT industry has grown by leaps and bounds, and is so vast that it can take people even without passion into its folds.

          And ofcourse, one can try and if the industry does not interest, then s/he can move on 🙂 to greener pastures (if any).

        • #2537181

          Try some of these

          by tig2 ·

          In reply to I would take that

          Call a few of the IT headhunters. Become willing to work crap jobs. Take and pass the A+ exam.

          These are some starting points. Consider a few others.

          Technical writing or technical journalism- submit articles. How-tos and other useful things- even if you only publish to a blog.

          What do you want to BE when you grow up? What work do you REALLY want to do?

          A security clearance for a not American can be a toughie. But a temporary clearance does not have to be a show stopper. Start thinking like an American.

          And don’t take a job for money. Take it for commitment. You’ll be happier.

        • #2537157

          Thank you

          by nnoon ·

          In reply to Try some of these

          Thank you so much for your input
          I am an American now but I was not born here.

        • #2536924

          Same with me, but that should have no bearing on your employment

          by why me worry? ·

          In reply to Thank you

          It’s not who you are or where you’re from that matters. It’s what you know and what you can contribute that matters most.

    • #2515254

      Nice story, but….

      by dawgit ·

      In reply to Unemployed

      We still need more info. The ‘Why’ maybe. The best I can sugest is to get your-self some training in some way related to the field of computers. The companies that I know, and deal with, are not looking for “IT” people, they need (bad) people who have skills that are critical to the operations, AND can do that with a computer. Most companies are not IT companies, but they do need people with computer skills who also know that company’s core business. That is where the jobs are.
      Find a company and a field you would enjoy to be working for/in, do some research, and go talk to them. -d

    • #2515253

      Too bad about SAIC

      by dr dij ·

      In reply to Unemployed

      Would be my dream co. interesting projects. know someone who works for them also.

      obviously not happening if since 2004.

      I’d leave past salary OFF your resume and try to get something for less. you don’t sound like you have much experience.

      Learn on the cheap: take courses at your local community college, many have IT progs. Very inexpensive per credit.

      Learn on your own: join the IEEE or both have (different) sets of thousands of courses. the acm courses are Thomson-Net-G, and will familiarize you with topics from office sw, using ERP systems like SAP, databases like acccess and oracle, programming in VB and netnwork stuff like Cisco.

      Total cost to you: about $100/year, plus LOTS of your time running thru the courses online. THey have questions every few pages to make sure your payi8ng attention, and if you get 70% or more print nifty cert. Don’t show employer one but when you have a notebook full of these, shows you are plugging away and know a bit.

      each course will take 3-6 hours, and you need to put away ALL OTHER DISTRACTIONS> no music, no tv, no phone, no talking, etc. is good also, read up on various hardcore IT topix. about ht3e price of 7 good IT books for a subscription.

      the acm subs includes o-reilly books you can read online a few at a time.

    • #2515248


      by jmgarvin ·

      In reply to Unemployed

      How long have you been a citizen? Have you left the country much? Are you still with SAIC? Are they your sposors?

      • #2515210


        by nnoon ·

        In reply to Eh?

        I have been Citizen for over 7 years now.
        SAIC is still my sponsor and was told by them a month ago that the DOD is still working on my case.

        • #2515193

          You might just have to wait

          by jmgarvin ·

          In reply to Reply

          Since you are a non-citizen, it takes a LONG time to get a clearance, especially after 9/11.

    • #2564807

      Get out of I.T. now. SERIOUSLY. GET OUT NOW!

      by bobbymak ·

      In reply to Unemployed

      After suffering numerous direct pay cuts, indrect pay cuts (such as higher workload, increased hours per week, more responsibility without more $) increasing difficulty in getting jobs, or consulting gigs, I have finally come to the conclusion that I’ve got to find another way to make a living. (BTW, I now know how auto workers feel) Get out of I.T. What should you do? Read the want ads and determine what is needed and wanted.

      • #2564751

        Not surprising.

        by charliespencer ·

        In reply to Get out of I.T. now. SERIOUSLY. GET OUT NOW!

        “…I have finally come to the conclusion that I’ve got to find another way to make a living.”

        That’s probably a good decision for someone replying to a year-old discussion.

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