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Finding an IT job is harder than you think!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ShiWarrior, 12 Jul 2006.

  1. ShiWarrior

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 22,076

    Location: Oxon

    Ive been looking for about a week, i am after a job than involves building PCs

    I have applied for a few jobs which haven't got me anywhere :(

    I am finding it difficult to find such jobs, maybe I am looking too hard?

    Even if I find a job that does training or work experience.

    I can't afford to go for MCSA/MCSE

    any help much appriciated

    i've tried places like

    jobcentre
    CVScreen
    reed

    any input will be greatly appriciated
     
  2. Luke

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Jul 2005

    Posts: 7,051

    Location: S. Yorkshire

    Have you tried the purple shirt brigade?
    I get the impression 99% of their workforce knows nothing about computers.
     
  3. Bitchplz

    Banned

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    Location: Ipswich

    Have you tried posting CV's to the local places?
     
  4. Chris1712

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 29 Jul 2004

    Posts: 9,361

    Location: Somerset

    I Would be that 1% then.
     
  5. Phantom

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,809

    Location: Southampton, Hampshire

    depends on your experience. are you classifying yourself as a systems engineer?

    jobs adertised on sites like gojobsite require professionals with proper skills to prove theyre worth hiring. companies dont take risks on those who arent qualified.

    try local pc shops theyre more into building individual PCs. larger companies will need someone who can do more than just put some PC hardware together to build a PC (You'll find practically everyone in the software/hardware industry regardless of their job can do this).
     
  6. Luke

    Soldato

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    Location: S. Yorkshire

    I've heard about your sort, but I'm yet to experience them.
     
  7. Scott Salisbury

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Jan 2005

    Posts: 1,588

    Location: Newcastle, UK

    Try smaller shops too, just hand in CVs.

    My mate got headhunted for a new computer shop and computer repairs while he was working in *another small electronics store*. He's only worked there about 6 weeks and he's been made store manager :\ He's only 19.

    Lucky git. Smaller shops probably have a lot more responsibility and are probably more fun. Try your local computer shops to see if they're looking for anyone.
     
  8. Scuzi

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 19,836

    Location: Екатеринбург

    It really isn't that hard. You need to be more proactive in you searching.
     
  9. asim

    Soldato

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    Location: edinburgh

    You've only been looking for a week.
     
  10. ShiWarrior

    Capodecina

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    Location: Oxon


    Thanks phantom, thats a good post, something to think about :)
     
  11. ShiWarrior

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    Location: Oxon

    nearly 2 :(
     
  12. Ukadder

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Aug 2004

    Posts: 1,752

    Location: Essex

    I would say that 99% of people looking for a job, unless it's working at Tesco, usally look for a little longer. Some companys may have not even had time to reply yet. I would recommend to keep looking, filling application forms and if in a months time you still have no luck then goto a job agency.

    Unless you have experiance, more than just "i've made a few computers for friends" then alot of places will throw your application away, leaving you with only a few who want people without experiance.

    Edit: As for the title "Finding an IT job is harder than you think!" I'm going to have to say you were not realistic at finding a job, any can be hard to find unless your CV is right.
     
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  13. Scott Salisbury

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    I was looking for *any* part time job for about 2 months when I left school and went to college.

    I handed out about 50 CVs, applied for pretty much anything I found at the job centre. Two months later I eventually got a phone call.

    Just keep at it.
     
  14. asim

    Soldato

    Joined: 24 Oct 2002

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    Location: edinburgh

    Its all about location. I'm in edinburgh and there is a limited number of jobs here compared to say London, I dont expect to find work for maybe a month or two. In London I'd probably expect something in less than a month. Its only been a couple weeks, dont be discouraged.
     
  15. DJMK4

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    Its not! i came straight out of uni with a HND in PC Systems, Networks and software development.

    I applied for about 10 different jobs, got a job with a respectable company as an I.T Support Analyst, it was my first interview aswel!

    You wont find many jobs available for just "Building PC's" they will want more than that from you, specially the larger companies, as said, try local pc shops, but then these are hardly going to offer you decent pay unless you are looking for £5-7 an hour jobby's.
     
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  16. Mat

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    No, no, youre just a myth, you dont actually exist. Sorry to bring that to your attention. You may now vanish from space and time. :p ;)
     
  17. Cookie-Monster

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: London

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    this makes me laugh.

    if you havent found a job after 3 or 4 months then you may be able to say its hard to find a job in IT after a week its ridiculous
     
  18. Chris1712

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 29 Jul 2004

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    Location: Somerset


    :eek: , i suppose i'd best stop going there three times a week in a funky purple shirt then!

    But yeah i agree, 85% of the people i work with have no clue whats going on, I'm just there part time between college. I absolutely pwn customers down there though, people who think they know what they're on about and come to talk to us. Yes some people come in to just blab. Actual quote...

    What? just get out.
     
  19. Scam

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 14,246

    Location: London

    Thats what i was gonna say. Well first i was gonna say "I knew it was hard finding a job in IT because of the gazillion threads about it" then when the OP said he'd be looking for about a week, i laughed. :(

    Stick at it, you'll find something. I'm currently struggling to find a temp job doing "anything" (my words to about 3 agencies) :(
     
  20. HEADRAT

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Cambridge, UK

    Wow a whole week ;)

    HEADRAT