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Job Search Blues

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by livingwater, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. livingwater

    livingwater Bit Poster

    Not getting anywhere looking for a job – applying to 1st line support type jobs using keywords such as: IT Technician, IT support, 1st line support, Helpdesk

    Below is my typical ‘letter of application’ (usually pasted in the appropriate field at the jobsite) and my CV

    I sometimes get an agency phone me up and the will ask what my date of birth is (1964) which I always find a bit fishy. I am currently earning around 18k and look for jobs to at least match. I need to give four weeks notice

    Any suggestions welcome

    I have done a website for a social club which is not included in the CV and may think about putting that in (Wolferton Social Club) although I can’t say websites are my speciality


    I wish to apply for the position of ‘1st Helpdesk Engineer' as advertised on the Directgov website. A copy of my Curriculum Vitae is attached.

    I have been working for a private training company for over a year and a half now. I am their sole IT Technician and Network Administrator. The server runs SBS 2003 and there are about 30 clients. My regular duties include adding new accounts to AD, setting up email clients (Outlook 2003 and 2007) with MS Exchange server, managing disk space and back-ups etc on the server. I also maintain all the sites peripherals, Wi-Fi and troubleshoot users’ everyday IT problems. I am CompTIA A+ and Network+ qualified and I am currently studying for the Microsoft 70-680 certification which I expect to get in the next couple of months. I also teach ICT to adults, apprentices and foundation learners (16-18 year olds) on construction and mechanics courses.

    I am available for interview at your convenience and look forward to meeting you.

    Yours faithfully,

    Fred Bloggs

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    Certifications: A+, N+
  2. livingwater

    livingwater Bit Poster

    Perhaps I should retrain as an accountant
    Certifications: A+, N+
  3. ThatLondonFella

    ThatLondonFella Bit Poster

    I'm in the process of applying for my first IT support role too and I think your cover letter is clear, to the point and highlights your skills and experiences well. Had a look at your CV too and it looks pretty good to me. I know it isn't your speciality but I would put that you've built a social club website as it shows that you've completed a personal project through to completion and I think it would also add to your list of skills, no matter how basic your HTML/CSS skills are.

    Put your CV up on specialist websites CW Jobs/The IT Job Board/Job Serve and on other generalist sites such as Reed. Apply directly to companies or even find a company that you'd really like to work for an enquire about any vacancies there. That's what I am currently doing and it's worked...I've got my first interview on the 11th of this month.

    Certifications: BSc
    WIP: A+ and Network+
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  4. livingwater

    livingwater Bit Poster

    Thanks TLF for taking the time to look over my cover letter and CV and give a response. There are loads of good suggestions in your last paragraph and I am going to act on each one.
    Certifications: A+, N+
  5. BigB

    BigB New Member

    Woah, I don't the why but this post kinda upsets me LOL

    If you can't get a foot in the industry the what hope do I have you've got tons more experience than me. But seriously I can't understand why you can't get a basic entry-level IT job when your practically doing that job now...is the market really that bad! Anyway hate to end on a negative so I just add that TFL certainly has some good advice especially contacting these companies directly an avenue I too will be acting upon :)
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2012
    Certifications: A+ Network + MCDST

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