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Applying for IT jobs, no experience, previous jobs were office jobs: Relevant?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by jo74, May 17, 2009.

  1. jo74

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    Will employers be particularly interested in these? Should I bother putting much more than a single line describing my duties?
     
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    If you used computers you can put down that your competent in using PC and you could mention some of the applications you used.
     
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    Yes, as an IT manager who also does sit on our interview panel, when we interview for entry level positions, we know that a candidate may or may not have previous experience in IT. With this in mind, we actually find out what soft skills a prospective candidate may have tht will benefit our dept/organisation, these skills include:

    1. Participation in a team
    2. Ability to teach
    3. Service
    4. Leading a team
    5. Negotiation
    6. Unite a team amidst cultural differences
    7. Motivation
    8. Decision-making skills
    9. Problem-solving skills
    10. Etiquette

    It depends on how you lay out your CV, imo. I don't put any descriptions under my work history, I put my experiences in my cover letter, a brief summary in the Current Role portion of my CV and list (in bullit point form) my key skills and responsibilities.

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    Thats interesting Wagnerk. I just had a 2nd interview, it went well but then did kind of get caught out with 1 technical question on networks, but then did okay with other randon techie questions they had. Would you rule someone out that maybe didnt answer a technically related question?
    Also I got told that I was the fourth person out of 5 to be interviewed, is there a sequential order on how candidates are called back, someone told me that I could be 4th choice?
     
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    Depends what was said mate. I once spoke to a guy who referred to IP addresses as numbers. :rolleyes:
     
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    Me personally, no. Technical skills can always be learnt and especially for an entry level position, I would not expect a candidate to be that technically aware anyway. But each interviewer is different. I'm following the example set by the IT Manager who gave me my break many moons ago :)

    To be honest no. It's the luck of the draw on who gets called 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc... Unless a candidate specific requests to be number X due to lack of time, etc. For example, I called in at one of the interviews I was going for and stated that I couldn't get time off and didn't want to call in sick, could I have the first interviewee postion. They were kind enough to commodate me.

    -Ken
     
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