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Should I Leave My Old IT Experience On My Resuem?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Professor-Falken, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. Professor-Falken

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    I worked in IT along time ago, I finished a trade school in 1987 that certified me as a computer operator then got my first job as a computer operator in my city Hialeah, Fl. I held a few other IT jobs after that and then I had trouble
    finding anymore jobs in IT. I then went began to work in manufacturing/warehouseing for while and then stopped working altogether for a while. During this time frame I held a great job at a helpdesk and then onsite training. I dont remember in what years but I do remember the company NCR - National Cash Register. Anyway as you know I then went back to school and got my A+ certification. So my question is do mention my old experience on my new resume or is it better left out? I am also open to any other information on job searching that you may have.

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  2. BosonMichael
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    What does a "computer operator" do?
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    Generally BM a computer operator in the UK is someone who may type, or someone who goes through a set of processes on a pc to control something such as piece of machinery.
     
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  4. Professor-Falken

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    Input data, print reports, Filing, ETC.
     
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  5. tripwire45
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    I think the helpdesk and onsite training jobs are relevant. Even if they aren't directly related to IT in terms of content, they are in process. For instance, you can have worked at a helpdesk providing support for people manufacturing widgets and leverage that experience to apply for a helpdesk job supporting people having problems with their PCs. While the content is quite different, the process of working in support is very similar. Factor in the A+ and you have a good argument for why someone should hire you to work at an IT department helpdesk (entry-level).
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    I agree.

    I'm not sure that the computer operator job is necessarily relevant, but even that position may be looked at somewhat favorably. After all, the simple fact that you've touched older equipment can give you an edge over some of the young'uns applying for entry-level IT jobs.
     
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  7. Spilly

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    Yeah and avoid gaps in your employment history on your CV, they stand out like holes in your character to an emloyer.

    If you have a gap have a good or postive reason ready for it.
     
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  8. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    Yeah like Spilly said:rocks

    All work experience in IT counts so why be ashamed of being a computer operator. If anything it shows you have a varied background in IT!
     
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  9. Theprof

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    Exactly, and not only experience we gain but also make no contacts for further opportunities
     
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    Good point Prof and well done for going green again:biggrin
     
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  11. Sparky
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    Put it on your CV mate, all helps! :biggrin
     
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