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Help me break into IT

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by richie3334444, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. richie3334444

    richie3334444 Bit Poster

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    I am a recent univeristy graduate attempting to break into the world of IT. Can someone please give me some CV advice as i am yet to be called up for an interview.

    Some personall details are removed for security reasons.

    Cheers guys
     

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  2. coolc

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    since ur a uni grad u have education so its easy to find work, dont worry u will find.
     
  3. richie3334444

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    I wouldn't agree with that point at the moment. I have some IT experience with the little bit of freelance work i have done however most jobs in Glasgow at the moment even for 1st line and entry level position require on average 2-3 years experience in the role plus a list of certs.
     
  4. steve_p1981

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    just keep applying for jobs. I've applied for over 100 and not really had anything other than rejections and i've been working with computers for a couple of years.
    some of the guys in here took over a year to get in but if you want to get in to IT then don't give up. If you need the money you can always get another job but still apply for IT jobs while getting a income.
     
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  5. Fergal1982

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    First off. Drop the references. For a start you have exposed those people to harassment from recruiters from displaying their details on the web. Secondly, you shouldn't supply the references until you have been offered the job. Dont include it on your CV.

    It's going to be difficult, since you have no real work experience (even non-IT really). Ideally you should have been working part time during your Uni career - even if it's not IT related. If you do have it, include it.

    Given your lack of experience, the CV seems ok. Good clean layout.

    What roles are you applying for?
     
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  6. Fergal1982

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    This. Get another job. The longer you spend out of work, the more difficult it can get - avoid large gaps in your employment history where possible.

    If nothing else it will give you an income, and will help you in the long run.
     
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  7. richie3334444

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    I am looking to get into 1st line suport type role. At the mean time i am currently learning Server 2008 administration using the trainsignal materials and will be learning up on Windows 7 administrations after that in order to update my skills set.
     
  8. Darkfunnyguy

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    Yes carry on using videos like Trainsignals and download VMWare Workstation and build your own domain virtual network and learn host of thing like logon scripts, folder direction, how to do this and that. Use can put these skills list it in your CV to show you have good practical experience with servers list things you have done in your own domain virtual network. This is how I got into IT demonstrating to the interviewers what I know. I have very good feedback from my interviewers before landing the got.

    Also you have to be prepared for technical questions or assessment tests as I have experience them so it another reason to build your domain virtual network to refresh your memory. :)
     
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  9. kevicho

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    Id be mortified if someone did something like this with my details.

    Luckily Gillian had a good sense of humour about it, but she will be having words!

    (Just kidding, i didnt ring her, but some numpty reading this could do)

    Interests, ditch that section, putting "going clubbing and socialising" could be interpreted as meaning you are quite frequently drunk/up late/maybe doing drugs!

    Other than that the employment history is a bit thin, this bit "Has gained experience by working for himself by becoming the official IT technician for friends and family, which due to word of mouth has resulted in more job offers being received. ", id get rid of as everyman and his dog who works in IT, does this, maybe reword to something along the lines of Providing IT support to friends and family and practicing diagnostic techniques", something a bit more formal.

    Otherwise i dont think its a bad starter CV, although its missing some entry level certs, which should probably be your number one priority.
     
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  10. kevicho

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    Entry Level roles and Certs are more client-side based such as A+, Network+, MCDST (which is retiring soon), or there are various client exams, either the XP exam 70-270, Windows Vista 70-620 and 70-622 and 70-623 or Windows 7 70-680 and 70-685 and 70-686 exams will get you more noticed.

    Not saying the server side wont come in handy, but your time would be better spent getting that certs which will aid your jobsearch.
     
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  11. richie3334444

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    thanks for all the advice so far
     
  12. westernkings

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    God, I do hope no one listens to you when you give them career advice like that.

    On another note, I'd like to ask who helped you out with your CV Richie? was it a Uni Careers advisor? or have you done it all your self?

    Ditch the Hobbies, rearrange it so your key skills are after your personal profile, get rid of notable responsibilities as these should be either in relevant skills or in work experience.

    Get rid of the GCSE grades.

    Neaten up your work experience. It's a bit of a mess with no flow. All an employer is interested in (for that section) is who you worked for, what you did and for how long, currently, it isn't easy to differentiate between being the "Official IT guy" for your mates (take that out) and your stage production experience (which you REALLY need to emphasise on to even stand a chance.
     
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  13. richie3334444

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    i used a generic CV template from one of the job sites to create it
     
  14. richie3334444

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    Any ideas on how i could improve this bit. Perhaps maybe give it some sort of title for that part, like "Technical support project"
     
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  15. greenbrucelee
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    As said above do not over certify yourself i.e server certs. Over certifying yourself for your experience level will not help you.

    Apart from that your cv looks good. IT is very competative and it can take a long time to get into IT so be prepared for lots of applications and yes ignor the advice from coolc.
     
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  16. richie3334444

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    i think the best plan of action is to get a part time job,self study at home and sit some microsoft exams by the end of the summer.

    I saw a few data entry jobs that are nearby that would involve telephone work which to my understandining would give me proven customer service skills.

    What you guys reckon?
     
  17. BosonMichael
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    Depends on which Microsoft exams you're talking about. If you mean client administration exams, that'd be a great plan. If you mean server administration exams, I'd recommend waiting until you've got a little server admin experience under your belt.

    All that said, I'd recommend getting the A+ and Network+ certs before anything else.
     
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  18. spammeh

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    Hey Rich I think there's not enough specifics on the IT skills and the generic stuff is taking up the majority of the space. You should go into more detail with what you did at the stage company and make that the focus.

    By the way have you looked at doing some voluntary work in the meanwhile?
     
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  19. richie3334444

    richie3334444 Bit Poster

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    thanks for the feedback guys, i will take everything on boarda and post a new updated CV to see what you all think.

    cheers guys
     
  20. Megan

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    I think it could look more professional to be honest. You may want to consider having a skills section that clearly lays out your best attributes; I think this should be on the first page. Generally employers need to be “wowed” as soon as they look at a CV otherwise they will lose interest and move on. I think you should get someone to look over your CV, maybe a career advisor or a company like www.cv-shop.com, who are specialists in CV writing. They will be able to give you the best advice.
     

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