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field engineer in waiting

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by sparky1888, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. sparky1888

    sparky1888 Byte Poster

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    Hi guys,

    i aint been on here for way too long, hope you are all doing ok.

    ok, riddle me this,
    last year i done an IT course with Cerco.....great course,follow up by their recruitment dept leaves a lot to be desired(least said the better!!)

    so, i eventually get a job on the fones for AOL....usual tech helpdesk kinda stuff, 4 months later i get offered a job with a major computer manufacturer, again doing helpdesk support, which to be honest is a great job.

    Im always learning new issues for our systems etc, and im getting all my A+ stuff for free, im due to sit my exam in the next 4/6 weeks.......

    once i get my A+, im looking to become a field engineer , thing is i dont know where to start looking, ie companies etc.....

    I stay in Glasgow, i have tried the usuals Banctec/Getronics etc but cant seem to get my toe,never mind my foot in the door.......

    any advice guys, im gonna be pulling my hair out soon!!!!

    Take care amigos

    Sparky
     
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  2. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

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    Keep plugging away mate, get some more experience and add a few certs to your CV. I stay in Glasgow too and the last job we advertised got over 300 applications! :ohmy Lots of competition out there!
     
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  3. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I agree with sparky, the only way to get the foot in the door is to keep going at it. Plus you are getting the experience doing help deks, plus the cert you are preparing for now is going to help you out.
     
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  4. ffreeloader

    ffreeloader Terabyte Poster

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    Yup. That's a world-wide situation too. There was a desktop support job offered at a local college, and they received something like 500 applications from 4 different states. The competition is intense.

    For me, I think the newbie has the best chance, if they can afford to work for nothing for a while, through an internship. The employer gets to know you, you get to know the employer, and first-hand knowledge of a potential employee is always worth far more to the employer than talking to third party.

    The next best thing is networking. Not computer networking, people networking. Getting to know people in the industry so that they will think of you when the appropriate jobs open up. The inside track always beats a cold call in any form of sales, and getting a job is nothing more than selling yourself.
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    When interviewing for my replacement at my last job for a senior-level network engineer, I received about 150 resumes. You wouldn't believe how many of them were entry-level folks... and guess where their resumes ended up?
     
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    Framed on your wall? :twisted:
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    Posted the best in the server room, where we laughed at them daily. :twisted:
     
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  8. shaggy

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    Field Engineer you say

    im one of those, want to swap jobs? Haha

    nah its alrite, if you like 2 hours work per week:blink
     
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