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Contract or temporary job in storage/server field - how to find?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by kvakal, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. kvakal

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    Hi there, i am wondering how to find my first contract job. Using just job boards over the internet seems not to be a best idea.
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    How much storage and server administration experience do you have?
     
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  3. kvakal

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    More than enough, worked a lot with IBM xseries, pseries, DS4000, EMC clariion and symmetrix, cisco and brocade SANs, HP proliant, DELL, Sun and more. vmware, linux, windows and AIX, Solaris.
    Email to golovi@gmail.com
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    Not sure what online resources would be best to use in Russia... using online job boards is a pretty good idea in the US. Only problem with using online job boards or newspaper ads is that EVERYONE applies for those jobs, so it's difficult to get noticed (though your experience should certainly help with that).

    What I often recommend is to find the "hidden" IT jobs that are out there... jobs that are not yet listed, but are open or about to be open. And you find those through the contacts you've made in the IT field. I would think that you would know quite a few people in IT with the experience you have - and those friends and acquaintances know when their companies are in need of a tech, whether full-time or contract.

    Outside of that, I'd recommend applying just about anywhere, whether or not there's a job posting. Most medium-to-large companies need someone to administer servers for them.

    Best of luck in your job search!
     
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  5. kvakal

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    Upps,
    Actually I moved to the UK so I meant Jobserve, CWjobs and so on.
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    ah! Although my previous comments are still useful, there are plenty of UK folks who can tell you the best places to look. That said, the two you mentioned sound familiar to me, so they're probably decent ones. :)
     
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  7. kvakal

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    So, temp job is not necessary any more cause got a permanent one :)
    Guys, if just-arrived-to-the-country-not-perfect-english-speaker is able to find a job good enough (50k£ annual salary is not the best case for me but still is a good start) than you guys should keep a lot of hope :)
     
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  8. zebulebu

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    Absolutely. The job market may be tough, but I'm still getting plenty of gumph through from recruiters offering jobs at 'my' level. The salaries haven't dropped noticeably either. I think at the more junior end the market is a lot tougher though - I feel for anyone trying to move on from first line into second at the moment as more and more people are being asked to 'fill in' for junior positions as part of their workload because companies are still cutting staff at the server/network admin level - just to get the wage bill down and stay afloat.

    Grats on the job - what is it doing, if you don't mind me asking? Sounds like your experience level is pretty much where mine is - albeit you have more of a Sun background than me (my Sun experience is zilch!) and your storage is EMC whereas mine is NetApp and EqualLogic
     
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  9. Modey

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    50K is a good wage in the UK, so if you are expecting much more you may be dissapointed. Congrats on getting the job anyway though. :)
     
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  10. kvakal

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    I used to work in a pre-sales position before so at my new job I am doing the same but unfortunately not with storages but with datacenter infrustructure. And again I am working for a well known american company but 20 times smaller than EMC. By the way the upper limit for a pre-sales guy in storage vendor here is 110k£ annualy (I had an interview with them but it was almost impossible to get this type of job straight away after immigrating here) so I have pretty much to go further.
     
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  11. craigie

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    I was going to say it's a fair wage, but perhaps on the lower end of the range.

    I'm looking at getting into Pre Sales in Storage or Virtualization over the 18 months and would expect a wage of a similar sort of level whilst I build my experience up to someone like yourself.

    PS. Was meant to say that my bro is a Storage Architect, not pre sales and he is on a similar sort of whack. Also one of my best friends is a Pre Sales Storage Architect (Junior) and he is on similar dosh.
     
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  12. dazza786

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    so you're sales and 50k is OTE?
     
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  13. craigie

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    Nope he is pre-sales, and £50K would most likley be his basic. He will get perks on top of this.
     
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  14. kvakal

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    Not sales but pre-sales, technical guy who is consulting customers and their own sales reps about products, solutions and hell a lot of other stuff. My OTE is 10% right now but will became bigger.
     
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  15. craigie

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    Where you using EMC Networker and is it Legato?
     
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    Yes I was designing and selling solutions with it, Networker was bought by EMC when they bought Legato approximately 5 years ago.
     
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  17. craigie

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    Can I ask how did you get the oppotunity to learn the products?
     
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  18. kvakal

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    My path was:
    Uni(Cisco staff as a special course, Unix, Linux, Windows as a a part of different courses)
    Uni(this time it was not a studying but administering IBM AIX pSeris stuff)
    System integrator( started as an implementation specialist, moved to system enginieer and then to a pre-sales)
    EMC(pre-sales)
    At each of this steps there were a lot of opportunities to learn new stuff because each time my company was evolving and starting doing some new products and services. Moreover I have never seen an IT company where people werent learning new products, it is all because of the dynamic nature of the industry
     
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  19. UKDarkstar
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