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Applying for jobs which require experience

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by vp, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. vp

    vp Bit Poster

    Hey I have a question regarding these IT roles Im trying to apply for.

    I have no previous IT experience, and some of these 1st line roles Im seeing on job sites require 1 year experience, some 2 years. Some require some specific cert or experience with a specific technology.

    If I clearly dont meet the requirements, do you think its a waste of time even applying? Or should I just focus on roles where I meet the requirements?
    Certifications: A+, N+, BSc CS
  2. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    Well, what have you got to lose from sticking your CV in? Worst they can do is throw it in the bin.

    That said, dont just apply for anything. If it looks like an entry level position, ignore the experience/certs. If it looks more advanced, then the experience is probably a must.
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  3. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    Most employers will use a checklist of requirements when going through CV's. If you don't tick all the boxes, you go in the bin.

    That being said, there may be no applicants who check all the boxes (in which they have to empty the bin back out again), or they may just fancy something that you've put on your CV.

    But sending a CV in anyway is better odds than not sending one at all...
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  4. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

    An employer will go for the best fit candidate, he or she might not necessarily have the most technical knowledge or experience but does posses potential that the employer will recognize and thus might offer the job. Actually it's how I got my first job, I only had 2 months experience. So keep applying regardless of whether it's 1 year or two years experience... it's very hard to come across a posting that doesn't list at least 1 year experience as a requirement. That doesn't mean you're not a good fit.
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  5. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    You have nothing to loose and sometimes it takes a pinch of luck to break into IT so go for it. Just make sure your CV is spot on and sells yourself well.
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  6. vp

    vp Bit Poster

    Yeh Im putting a bit of time into each application tailoring the cover letter for each specific job. I think my strategy will be, first apply to all the ones I meet the requirements for then if there is time left over apply for the others.
    Certifications: A+, N+, BSc CS

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