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Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Leehaa, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster

    Since last week when I found out I am likely to be made redundant, I have put my CV online and applied for various jobs (dream ones and more realistic).

    Quite a few agencies have come back and said they're putting my CV forward to the companies, but now i'm just playing the waiting game...

    Anyone who's been in the same situation, what did/do you do?

    I am throwing myself into finishing my MCSA. swotted all weekend and if i feel ready, will book 70-290 at the end of this week (there's no-where local to go, but Fiance says he will drive me to Coventry one weekend soon - bless!!).
    But there must be some other things I can do to prepare for any potential interviews / career changes etc etc...

    Any advice will be greatly welcome folks (need to keep busy) :biggrin

    Certifications: MCP, MCDST, ITIL v3, MBCS, others...
    WIP: BSc IT & Computing, RHCE
  2. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Seems like you and I are in the same boat except I'm already "redundant". One thing you might consider is to write several versions of your CV depending on the type of position. i have one called "technical writer" and another called "technician".

    Put together a few canned cover letters. Often companies like to see that there is a personality behind the CV. You can usually adapt a cover letter to fit different kinds of jobs. Just try not to make it sound like a "form letter".

    Good idea to keep studying, especially if you have time on your hands. Also, make sure all of the things you learned and experience from the current job is reflected on your CV. You probably picked up a few things in the current job that you didn't have going in.

    Spread the word. Tell everyone you know that you're looking for a job. You never know if one of your friends has an uncle who knows the CTO of a company that is looking for someone just like you.
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  3. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Lee, this method works incredibly well. Every job I've gotten with the exception of two have come about because someone knew me and my skillset and recommended me (or hired me) for the position. Hopefully it will work for Trip as well: I'm forwarding his resume on to a company that might be able to use his skills. :)
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  4. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

    Leehaaa - have a look at this thread - there are plenty of links for online recruitment agencies, which i hope should be of some use to you.
  5. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

    Lee, do some background research on the companies that you apply for. Make sure you know something about them and what they do. Be prepared to tell them why you want to work for their company, and how the company will benafit by hiring you. Let them know you are a team player.
    Certifications: Microcomputers and network specialist.
    WIP: Adobe DW, PS
  6. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester


    Can't think of anything that hasn't been said. Keep studying and applying for jobs; something will turn up :thumbleft
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  7. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster

    Thanks peops!

    L x
    Certifications: MCP, MCDST, ITIL v3, MBCS, others...
    WIP: BSc IT & Computing, RHCE
  8. Pete01

    Pete01 Kilobyte Poster

    I'll be in the same boat as well in about 7 weeks when this contract runs out (unless they extend)

    My new tactic is to emphasise on my CV/cover letter that I am very focused on getting things done as opposed to how qualified/certified I am.

    I'm reading a book about time management which is all about getting more things done in less time and becoming superproductive - it's called "eat that frog" by Brian Tracey and I think it's going to make a big difference to the way I work and how productive I am. I borrowed it from my library but you can get it here - It's one of the best books I've ever read:


    In the opening paragraph along with the certs and experience I'll be adding things like 'highly productive', 'results driven' etc.

    I'm hoping this will give an edge over the competition.
    Certifications: MCP (NT4) CCNA
    WIP: 70-669, Learning MSI packaging
  9. Feellex

    Feellex Bit Poster

    I was "let go" last September and was earning £28K at the time. I'm now earning £18K! BUT I don't have any qualifications. If I was as qualified as you (bearing in mind you are working towards even more quals) I would go self-employed and work as an IT contractor. You can make lots of money and take time off when you feel like it. If you find a good accountant and set up your own Ltd company it's better than going down the umbrella company route. That is what I'm going to do once I get some quals. Good luck whatever you decide to do!
    Certifications: None....yet!
    WIP: Still planning
  10. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

    I'm sorry I can't offer any more advice than what has already been said, apart from keep smiling!

    A positive attitude will help you no end when you're going for your interviews, etc.

    And when you're in Coventry, give me a nod. When you pass, I'll take you out and get you drunk. lol.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  11. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    got another tip for you :D

    Don't eat yellow snow :twisted:
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  12. Crito

    Crito Banned

    Certifications: A few
    WIP: none
  13. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009

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