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Anyone need me for work ?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Zainek, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. Zainek

    Zainek Nibble Poster

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    Hi Guys,

    Thought I'd ask , does anyone need a Migration specialist or Migration analyst available through out london
    an surrounding areas for short term contract work ?.

    I specialise in PC, Servers and infrastructure esque projects involving moves changes consolidations etc.
    Predominiately wintel kit from in house hosting to DC's and even desktop estate changes.

    Cheers,

    ZK
     
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  2. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    If they do I would be interested as well.
     
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  3. westernkings

    westernkings Gigabyte Poster

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    What's the market like for Migration specialist these days? what's to stop the regular engineers doing it? IE what do you offer that your bog standard 3rd Line Server engineer doesn't?
     
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  4. drum_dude

    drum_dude Gigabyte Poster

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    Good question(s) WK.

    ZK, is the market in London that bad for work? I'm looking to get back into the swing of things in the next few weeks but have had a few challenges ahead of me...one being getting an untaxed and un MOT'd motor back on the road. Thankfully that's (the MOT bit) done now but I really enjoyed taking the time to fix the motor and scrubbing off the moss too...and a new SIM for my 4 year old mobile arrived today! Just got to wait until May 1st to tax the motor and then I'll be mobile again! Had company cars and company mobiles for the past 3-4 years so have just let my old methods of transport and comms gather dust!

    Crikey I went well off topic there! Anyway, my point being is that I'm going to 'try' and tart myself out to short term positions. 'Try' being the word! Have plenty of dollar in the bank at the moment but I am looking forward to the challenge! Reminds me of a similar situation I was in when I first joined CF.

    Look forward to your reply.
     
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  5. Zainek

    Zainek Nibble Poster

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    Pan european team leading expertise, familiar with project environemnts with large scale outsourced service providers. Migration analysis, risk mitgiation, requirements engineering, reporting etc.

    Experience of enterprise class moves from provider to provider, interim support structure, BAU handover

    Theres a bit more to it, but hey its what i do for a living, just got sideways pushed into these roles really.
     
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  6. westernkings

    westernkings Gigabyte Poster

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    With all them skills, why can't you find work? Sorry to be critical, but it seems your job was created when the market was fantastic, with everyone having these jobs for jobs sakes roles, and when the recession struck, everyone realised that you do not need to pay through the nose for someone to tell you how to move from the server room to a data centre, after all, if anyone knows the risks and what needs moving most, it is the persons that have been supporting said network for the past god knows how long not some contractor. (obviously there are exceptions and valid reasons to use a contractor in cases)

    I'm sure there is a lot more to your role, and I wish you all the best in finding some work but I think the need for a bona fide risk assessment person is a little low right now.
     
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  7. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    You sound like what we call a Technical Architect in our place. Each having different skill sets, desktop design, server, mainframe, voice etc etc. Good luck to you mate. Jim
     
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  8. westernkings

    westernkings Gigabyte Poster

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    Yea, that's what I was thinking, but outside of major enterprise, PFI's and Blue chip mammoths, who is after one?
     
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  9. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Oh I don't know, I'm sure the odd semi large financial firm would have short term use for such a role but yeah, like you say, I'd imagine work is probably going to be for outsourcers, globals or banks (good work if you can get it:) ).

    Are you SC or DV I wonder Zainek? Deffo worth mentioning it here if you are
     
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  10. Zainek

    Zainek Nibble Poster

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    Lol damn straight , I also moonlight as a support guy and do everything i can really.
    Doesnt help the Cv as much, but what can you do when the market is pear shaped.
     
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  11. SimonD

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    The thing is that I would also class myself as a TA or TDA (Technical Design Authority) but I am still finding it a tad difficult, it's been 4 weeks since my last position expired. I do have things waiting to go but at least one of these has been in the lets' discuss stage for 8 months now (although it could come off in the next couple of weeks).

    I have had agencies call me up but then things dry up (either the position is closed down or they hire from another agency).

    I sure as hell am not lacking in skill and experience but I can tell you I am lacking in jobs and money again.

    The only good thing is that it's allowing me to brush up on documentation and skillset whilst I am off.
     
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  12. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    What do you reckon mate? Could be time to hang up your gloves and come join the dark side (become permanent somewhere)? Think of the paid holidays, contributory pension and free health insurance :D
     
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  13. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    You know the only perm job I would take ;)
     
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  14. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Do it mate, I'd feel that little bit safer 8)

    You'd make a brilliant race car driver:disguise
     
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  15. simonp83

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    We call them Solution's Architects. :blink
     
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  16. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    What ever your company calls them, they are highly paid mo-fo's :lol:
     
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  17. Zainek

    Zainek Nibble Poster

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    cheers everyone...lol
     
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  18. Phoenix
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    Um, actually, if you have ever been part of project planning an infrastructure migration you can appreciate that 90% of third line guys have absolutely no idea what's involved, the pitfalls to look out for and how to help avoid them. running a server doesn't mean you have any idea whats involved in relocating it, that comes with experience, experience of these types of projects
    this is no different than an Exchange admin thinking they are clued up to go off and do Groupwise to Exchange migrations.. they're not!

    I'm actually using a lot of this part of my skill set these days, when the markets are a mess, companies do funny things, like move, merge, split, etc.. I've been doing migrations and assessments back to back for quite a while now :)
     
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  19. Phoenix
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    Plenty of places do, but solution architects are a typical term thrown around in the consulting world that doesn't mean much outside it, its a very generic term, for a broad enough skill set that most people don't actually have it (if you want to read about true enterprise architecture, check out some of the resources on the TOGAF website)

    I think the OP's best bet would be to not pigeon hole themselves into a 'migration' specialist role, and in fact play up to the business and technical skills that make them capable of such a role, this would open the door to many similar roles that rely ultimately on those other soft skills just as much as the technical skills
     
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