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Job prospects (UK)?

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by Steve C, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Steve C

    Steve C New Member

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    I'm A+ qualified, I have my 271 exam on the 22nd Jan (not sure if I'm ready tbh), I have 9 months experience in an IT department doing support stuff (but it ended 10 months ago, since then I had a non-IT job until November) and I completely lack the ability to do interviews (all my previous jobs were gained via help without having to do a proper one).

    Do I really stand any chance of landing an IT job, as everything I see atm (not just local) is for experienced people. (yes I have a bad case of self-doubt atm :/)
     
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  2. Big_nath

    Big_nath Kilobyte Poster

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    Of course you stand a chance. The economic climate at the moment makes it more difficult, but there are still jobs out there. Work on your interview techniques, if you look here, there are some great tips. Just stay positive but you will find the job for you.
     
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  3. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

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  4. Evilwheato

    Evilwheato Kilobyte Poster

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    I would say the fact that you have experience will help a lot. I got my job from the job center, but you could try recruitment agencies if you wanted to.
    Good Luck for the exam!
     
  5. Ropenfold

    Ropenfold Kilobyte Poster

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    There are jobs out there, it is harder at the moment but you do have some experience which you can call upon, a lot of the jobs I see ask for at least six months and you have that.

    Improving your interview skills can be learned, just like IT certificates. Do your research and have an answer for the most common answers.

    Good luck in your job hunt :biggrin
     
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  6. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    I've used the Scotcareers (the Scottish equivalent of your careers advice service/ and found them good for certain information.
    For example they gave me a list of local recruitment agencies and what areas they covered, which saved a fair bit of googling. I haven't taken them up on the offer yet but they said they would supply the stationary and postage for sending out speculative CV's en masse.
    They also, of course, have reams of information about interview techniques, CV's. cover letters etc. Also, someone sat down with me and went through my CV and I was much happier with it afterwards.
    One interesting fact, 70% of jobs aren't advertised according to them so I was advised to take the speculative CV approach, alongside the normal job searching options obviously.

    I can give you one interview tip, coming from someone who has a 100% success rate with interviews, the mindset you need to be in is very much the same as when you first meet your girlfriends father*. The fear of saying the wrong thing coupled with the desire to show that you're an amiable, honest and reliable person.



    *I imagine it's the same when women meet their boyfriends mother.
     
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  7. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    You could do a course at your local college on interviewing techniques, however I've always found experience to be the best way of learning when it comes to interview skills. You can attend 10 interviews and while you may not be successful with getting a job, asking for feedback from the interview will only help you change/adjust yourself for the next one :)

    To be honest, yes... It took me 5 years to enter the IT field and there wasn't a recession going on then. Your time will come, just continue to work on your confidence as well as your upcoming exams.

    -ken
     
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  8. westernkings

    westernkings Gigabyte Poster

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    I always found having a couple of double vodka red bull before an interview helps :p

    Seriously though, being comfortable during an interview is all about how you approach it, if you have the interview, then it doesn't matter what certs you have etc, they are purely looking to see if you fit, which means it's just about you being you.

    A course may help, in fact, Are you comfortable socialising with strangers ? Ie walking up to a group in a bar ?
     
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