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I've Done it!!

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by millsie, May 28, 2010.

  1. millsie

    millsie Byte Poster

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    I am so ecstatic and over the moon I could cry...

    But I won't! I have landed a permanent role as a 1st line support agent for a company providing soft and hardware to the hospitality industry, its not 1st line technician, ie: its not fixing windows issues or common basic networking etc. it is just supporting the companies software users in issues initial fix if not, escalation to 2nd/3rd line, but hey, as BOSON once said to me in an old post, any first line job in IT is a good job no matter what its doing. I will hopefully get funding for further training in Microsoft products and also SQL etc. Anyways, here we go, impart some of my experience to try and help others trying to get their break.

    Firstly, what I will say is update your CV. This has helped no end in getting me noticed especially when carpet bombing CV's/applications out on sites with agencies, and some of the help I got in re-writing it was gleaned from none other than CF! So that was a biggy for me, getting the CV up to scratch and looking good, the best advice I can give about that is structure it well, focus more on your skills and qualities rather than work history and get as many "keywords" in their as you can, this helps when agenices are doing the search engine thing!

    The CV change certainly got me more calls out of the blue to put me forward for jobs, not that I got too many interviews out of it, but it got me moving and got me 1 or 2 interviews for practice.

    So then it's up to you to register on as many jobsites as you can CW Jobs, Total Jobs, Jobsite etc. Also be proactive in sending off applications to select jobs, the reason I say select is that if you have no IT support experience at all, then best to try and go for the ones that highlight customer service as one of the top skills. The outline for my job was solid customer service/helpdesk experience and any basic IT certificates and a general interest in IT would be a bonus.

    Of course, if you have got some experience then you would only go for the jobs that have those specific skillsets required. i personally don't think it's worth going for things unless you definately have the skills required, but then, you never know!

    The key really for me, is attitude and perserverance and not giving up, if you go into it being positive and keeping at the cause, eventually something will bite and once it has bitten you will feel like you are on a whirlwind if only for a short time, it will be enough to propel you forward and hopefully upward on the career path you want. That is what I'm hoping for, that now I am in, I can really start now on creating that path for myself, getting the certs I want and keep learning and learning. And who knows, me biggest dreams will be realised, eventually!


    I just would like to thank all of Cert for all advice over the time I have been a member and I will touch base as much as possible to let you know how I am progressing in my Career.

    Cheers All

    Steve :D
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Major congrats, Steve! :thumbleft
     
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  3. pete.grant

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    Nice one mate!
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    Congrats, especially in this climate :)

    -Ken
     
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  5. onoski

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    Good news and congrats on the new first role in IT:) as I always say hardwork, determination and enthusiasm would eventually pay off.

    Cheerio and keep us updated on your progress.
     
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  6. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Great news, thanks for sharing it with us. I'm 10 years into my IT career and still can't imagine doing anything else :biggrin
     
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  7. Bluerinse
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    Great news make.. big Congrats! 8)
     
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  8. Sparky
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    Congrats mate :biggrin
     
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  9. craigie

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    Happy Days!
     
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  10. Mikeyboy

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    congrats, I know how you feel, landed my first IT job 6 months ago and still loving it every day :)
     
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  11. maestro_V

    maestro_V New Member

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    Good post ! thanks

    (my 1st post btw)
     
  12. Mariusz

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    congratz :-)
     
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  13. Theprof

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    Congrats!
     
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  14. greenbrucelee
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    Congrats :D
     
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    Good job ^
     
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  16. BosonMichael
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    psst... look at the date...
     
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  17. coolc

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    all good congrats!!!
     
  18. greenbrucelee
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    lol yeah :oops:
     
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  19. Beerbaron

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    Congrats.

    I have noticed with job sites that if you are active (searching/applying for jobs) daily for a few weeks you appear on the radar of agencies and will get more emails and calls. Updating your CV will also bring you to their attention. When i was looking for a job i would update my cv on a regular basis although i would just upload the same cv again. Im not sure whether i was just lucky or this actually works :biggrin Maybe someone who has been a recruiter can comment.
     
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  20. alexdc12

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    well done! there is hope for us all! any chance of seeing your cv as im chasing the same role and wouldnt mind comparing!
     
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