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Old 05-13-2010, 01:16 PM   #11
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HOLY SHIT!!! (to reaper man's satisfaction) YOU'RE STILL AROUND!!!... and in LA

My thought, now that I am out of school for a few months, is to think of the latest popular software and make it. The problem is that I can't think of anything.
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:02 AM   #12
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HOLY SHIT!!! (to reaper man's satisfaction) YOU'RE STILL AROUND!!!... and in LA
Wait, huh?
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:50 PM   #13
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The pipes never clangor.
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Old 05-15-2010, 03:00 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by pipes View Post
I concur fully with this statement.
Just can't wait to bomb some Dodongos.

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Old 05-15-2010, 05:38 PM   #15
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I think you should be working at or at least know someone at a company where they have IT jobs available before getting certain certifications, that would probably help because you would know what kind of certification you need and you may need some hands on training to get certified in some cases.

You can check here for more info on A+ certification.
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:44 PM   #16
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Well, I have no degree, just a finished apprenticeship where I earned around 500$ per month. It's been a tough start, but I climbed up the career ladder pretty fast. Now I have my first own employee.

The most important thing is not where you start, but to start at all.
After study or apprenticeship look for a job in your industry.
Stay at this job at least for a year or two. Work and learn, gain experience. Then change the company if you want to rise. It's okay to demand some more money in the next job. Level up again for about 1-2 years. Apply for a higher ranked job. Repeat.

Oh something you should keep in mind: always take companies with good customers. These are your future references! Never complain about too much work or hard tasks. The tougher the projects you survive the more experience you get.

Doesn't that remind you of a game? Yes! It is! Some kind of a game. Level up get all items and beat the bosses.

The better the degree the higher the start income. Nothing more nothing less.
In the end people don't look at the degree anymore when they are shocked by your outstanding references, used technologies, leadership experience, connections in the industry etc....

Today companies try to hire me. But most of the time I have to reject them, because I'm already booked for a project.

Certificates are a nice plus to gain the superiority over comparable competitors for the same job. So if you are not in a outstanding position it's definitely making the difference.

If you are clever you get the certificates paid by your first employers.
Otherwise they might be very expensive, so you have to calculate whether it's worth the try.

Oh yes! Keep up good relations to your former companies. You'll never know when you will need them again. Maybe you come back as a high paid specialist for some mission critical tasks.
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:51 PM   #17
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I have stayed at the same newspaper for four years because it is depends on me way too much.

Consequentially, my employers do not care when I decide to skip work on Monday and Tuesday—provided of course I still get my work done at the same quality and do not fuck up the production schedule on Wednesday–Thursday.

The job gives me free time for more freelance work and my hobbies while giving me a modest but steady pay my wife and I can depend on each month.

My only complaint is that getting vacation time is insanely difficult. Five-day weekends do not count for shit when you have to travel 8,211 miles to visit your family.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:56 AM   #18
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God bless you guys with the rates you receive in America, cbx, if you were ever to come to Australia your job as a media person would be a rate of $20-$30 per hour. Anyone with a qualification gets a good pay.

On the other hand even having a qualification can not always get you anywhere... I'm in that boat at the moment fresh out of college and no one will take me
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Old 08-19-2010, 03:24 AM   #19
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Default I lucked out

I applied to for an IT Tech job to a union. It was an unknown position for the union and i was one of only 4 people who applied for 4 positions. Hence to say, i got a position w/o an interview. I am now full time with the company and have great benefits (they covered 75 percent of the cost of my laser eye surgery)
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:56 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by pipes View Post
How does one go about finding a job? I stay at shitty jobs for years too long to know. What is your strategy? Why is careerbuilder, and the like, a joke? Fuck staffing agencies.
Finding a job in this economy is BRUTAL. Mostly because HR-folks are very risk-averse with candidates these days. If you haven't done such-and-such a job before, they won't hire you.


The best way to succeed in job searching is to really know who you want to work for. If you know which companies will suit your skill-set and personality the best, it'll make your life a lot easier.

So first off, you'll begin to create a personal brand. Figure out who YOU are, and what skills/personality you can bring to an employer. It's like you're a product on a store shelf. Can your skills and personality fit the employer's need? If so, they'll think about buying (hiring) you.

The resume becomes one of the three key parts of personal branding. It's basically the "first-look" an employer gets of you, kind of like the box of a shiny new toy. If the description of you fits what they want, they'll move onto the product review (i.e. the cover letter).

The cover letter is nothing more than a explanation of how your skills EXACTLY fit the job you're applying to. It doesn't (and shouldn't be too long). My best cover letters are heavily bullet-ed, and are about 3/4 of a page long (maybe less). They more or less focus on achievements, and how your abilities make a company money. It's all a dog-and-pony show. HR people are extremely afraid of making a bad hiring choice, so the less risky you seem, the better.

The final part of your branding is in the interview phase. People want to work with people who are affable and non-threatening. Look professional, be extremely courteous, and show how un-risky it is to hire you. Interviews are big "When in Rome' situations. However people are acting, imitate it. They want to hire someone who will be an easy fit. Be sure to have a conversation with your interviewer, and don't just recite your resume. If the interviewer begins to like you, you're already 90% of the way to being hired.

These are some things I've picked up in my job searches, and I hope it helps!
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