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(hopefully) my last post until i pass my A+

Discussion in 'A+' started by leeroy2612, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. leeroy2612

    leeroy2612 Byte Poster


    hey you guuyyys!!,

    i stumbled on cf last week and was pleasantly surprised that a site like this actually exists, as ive never managed to find one before. all you guys have been very helpful and i appreciate all the help and advice youve all offered. unfortunately, ive become addicted to this bloody sit and cant stop searching all the excellant threads and even though its much more productive than watching the tv (that ive cut the plug off), its not helping me knuckle down to revising for my A+, so im going to have to make this my final post until i do. before i go though im going to have to get all the questions off my mind that i havnt asked yet or that i still dont understand. here goes.

    1/ my mentor at @dvent told me to get rid of my cover note, for the cv i sent her because it usually gets ignored, so i incorperated my cover note into my cv. id appreciate it if anybody would take the time to skim over my re- jigged cv ( i hope Pete01 and Baron210 dont mind that ive borrowed a few lines of thiers, ill take them out if they do but, i thought that since im a million years behind them in experience and dont live near, so were not in competition). would it be in idea to do re-do a cover note and send that out with the c v i use when i apply for jobs myself.

    Personal Profile
    A versatile and adaptable individual with a breadth of experience in the private/public sector, and excellent customer focused skills and the ability to work well either individually or as part of a team. After three years of training and seven years in the customer services industry, I have decided on a new challenge, to bring my extensive expertise to the IT world. I have recently started training for an MCSE and I’m currently studying for the A+ Essentials.


    2006 - Present Advent distant learning (Currently training towards MCSE qualification)

    1997-2000 Oldham College (Carpentry & Joinery N.V.Q levels 1, 2 & 3)

    Key skills, Relevant Experience
     Ability to hit the ground running, developed by years of not knowing which city I’d be working in from day to the next or whether I’d be performing tasks that id performed many times before or something that I’d have to “learn by doing”
     Sourcing/keeping contracts through a proven ability to build an excellent rapport with the customer and assuring them of my ability to produce exactly what is expected of me and to a very high standard
     A very keen eye for detail
     A general “can do” attitude and an eagerness to know all there is to know about a given task
     The desire to work, to/give myself tight deadlines and keep them
     Good book keeping skills, developed through keeping my own books whilst being self employed
     Acute business awareness and decision making in crisis situations
     Creative troubleshooting and versatile resourcefulness
     Home/small office networking experience
     General maintenance and good upkeep of pc’s
     Good data input and retrieval skills
     Excellent file and data maintenance
     Excellent ESD handling awareness
     Excellent internet skills
     A great eagerness to learn all there is to know about computers and hopefully let Bill Gates borrow my boat one day.

    Career history

    A number of roles in the building industry, starting after three years of college training, and then starting as a general labourer, gradually working my way up the ladder until I achieved my goal of being self employed. My general roles and duties through my career have been:

     General up keep of worksite of up to 25 builders, making sure they had exactly what they needed to do their job and having it ready for them before they even ask for it
     Booking, receiving, checking in and storage of materials
     Overall supervision of the sites cleanliness and safety
     Taking orders from management and following up on them orders to my own exacting standards
     Working on jobs of varying levels of difficulty/ expertise, either on my own or as a team
     Have the responsibility of being the first man on the job and the last to leave, and all the
    responsibilities that comes with that: being the first point of contact with the customer and
    making sure that the job is left as we/I found it
     Staying away from home for up to two weeks, whilst working away
     Working “out of hours” to get the job done, either very early mornings or through the night
     Driving to and from jobs, up to 350 miles away at times, and making and picking up deliveries
     Contacting my own clients and acquiring my own jobs, either through advertising, but mostly from
    word of mouth.

    I enjoy a wide variety of interests including reading, cooking, socialising and exercising. I also enjoy meeting new people and trying new things but mostly I just have a huge curiosity of how and why computers work and a determination to find out.

    References Available Upon Request.

    2/ i keep reding about mobo manuals and how important they are....... i have a laptop and a desktop, but havnt got a manuall for either. got them both brand new so should if got one , right?.
    if i contact the suppliers, they should send me them, right?. if not, will the manufacturers website have them.
    3/ im thinking of going to a computer fair tomorrow (manchester-bowlers exhibition centre), i dont want waste my time if its crap though, because i went to one last month and it was like a crap car boot sale. has anyone been to this particular one (northern computer markets). i really need to buy a old unit to tinker with and poss hand my cv out.
    4/ is it poss to get hold of os manuals for all the relevant os's for the A+ essentials.
    5/ has anybody been unfortunate enough to fail any exams with @dvent, do they add on any 'hidden charges for re-taking.
    why have i spent the last 15 years secretly thinking of becoming a tech, but STUPIDLY thinking it was too geeky. ive been a fool, pc's are the NUTS i feel like 'jonny 5'... i 'neeed more input'.
    6/ what exactly should i expect from the A+ exam, where should i concentrate my studies.
    Certifications: ecdl 1,2
    WIP: A+, mcse
  2. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Know what happens when you post the same question multiple places? You get your answers scattered between them. Check my response to you on your other post.
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  3. leeroy2612

    leeroy2612 Byte Poster

    6/ still could really do with some advice on vmware, not sure which version to get :oops:
    Certifications: ecdl 1,2
    WIP: A+, mcse
  4. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

    1)CVs arent my strong point, so someone will help ya better with this.
    2)You normally only get the manuals for your components if you build your system yourself. You should be to download them from the manufacturers website
    3)Never been there, but there are bargains to have so i would definately get yourself down there.
    4)Never seen them online before, but you might be to pick them up off ebay, or at the computer fair. I personally prefer to install the varios OSes and mess about with them, i find its easier to learn that way, and it sticks in my head.
    5)I know a few people who have failed with advent, there arent any hidden charges, but you do have to wait longer each time you fail, before the resit
    6)Cant really answer this as the exam changes, just know your stuff and you will be fine.
    7)Workstation 5.51 or the version 6 beta will both be fine.
    Certifications: A+, MCP, MCDST, AutoCAD
    WIP: Rennovating my house
  5. leeroy2612

    leeroy2612 Byte Poster

    cheers mr kabab lover, i knew i could rely on you:biggrin
    Certifications: ecdl 1,2
    WIP: A+, mcse

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