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Im well qualified but nearly 2 mts no job


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Its crazy! I spent 4 years in a University and got an honours degree in Computing then furthured my education and got a diploma in teachin IT. I have a good bit of experience in sales, loads of IT experience and 4 months teaching IT.

 

I cannot believe after all my work in getting a degree I cant find a job.I have gone for loads of interviews and have been unsuccessful - I was offered a teaching job, but it was for 6 hours a week!

 

What am I doing wrong?!

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I have a big recruitment agency who specialises in sales jobs. I went for 3 hour assessment and interviews in Dell and I just found out from my recruiter that I didnt get the job because my problem solving skills werent good enough. For sobbing out loud i was going for a damn sales job not programming job!! Ive done sales before and excelled in it and anyhow they were going to provide 3 and a half weeks training anyway. Oh well it was WAY to far out and transport over there would have been a problem anyways.

 

There is another recruitment consultant who is trying to set me up with Google and from the job description its sounds more suitable but my confidence is beneath the floor now.

 

What do you mean by "informational interviews" with execs and stuff?

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An informational interview is an interview you set up with the sole reason to pump the other person for information about the industry, what job skills are hot... mike a free mentoring session. In the process, they typically are feeling you out and, if they see some potential, they are mor elikely to refer you to someone they know (hence.. automatic netwroking.. pretty cool, eh?) or to an actual job at their company (top o' the pile for your resume).

 

I found they worked wonders for me. I spent about 6 months after college looking for a job. I just started calling companies out of the yellow pages... getting ahold of people and asking them for about 10 minutes of their time... at the end I would ask for them to refer me... pretty soon I had tons of interviews and job in about two weeks.

 

This may not work for everyone.. but it worked for me. And, if someone came to me for an informational interview, the first thing I would be thinking of is "what opportunities could I offer if this seems like a good candidate?"

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That was an excellent idea NJRon! i would have never have thought of that. When you said you rang up these companies and asked for 10 mins of their time and they agreed, did you arrange to meet them at the actual company or did you speak with them over the phone. id say it was the former yeah?

 

I will try that avenue.

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It was over the phone. The first few were total cold calls. You tend to work up the line when you say, "I just graduated from college with a degree in Computer Systems Design and I am trying to get a feel for the industry, what skills are in demand and where are the good jobs. I was speaking with John Smith at Developer Inc., and he said I should call you for more information regarding the need for Web Developers in the greater Dublin Area. If you aren't busy, I would like to just have a few minutes of your time to discuss the job market. Otherwise, let me know a better time to call you back for a more formal discussion."

 

I think I used that line over and over... it ended up with some lunches, some face-to-face interviews and, ultimately, some guy who did a lot of hiring called the consulting company that he tended to hire from and told the recruiter to contact me.

 

I think, more than anything, doing some active selling every day just helps you feel like you are actually trying to do something... as opposed to "send resumes out... wait... get interview... wait... etc."

 

Good luck!

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Well i must say that was an excellent pitch you had Gonna borrow it if you dont mind? Its a very interesting way to get a job. I have learned that sending resumes (or curriculum vitaes as the Irish call it prefer the word resume though) online doesnt work that well at all. And if they do, the company or recruiters usually get back to you a few weeks later. Im running out of money, paying a crap load of rent and if i dont get a job in the next four weeks i will be giving my notice to my landlord for a cheaper place. I just dont want to end up living with a bunch of lunies like i did the last time.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Join the Club - 1 yr 3 mths with Computing degree and not in a job that requires my skills - there's a shortage of jobs in Ireland for IT graduates, I know a lot of people in jobs lower than they should be in with said qualifications! Phoning job ads instead of emailling moves things along quicker too, I've found

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Problem with resumes is that businesses get so many of them. If you go in person or phone, then they get to know you a little bit and that personality can make them remember you when they need to hire and/or make them consider you first when looking at their resumes. Gotta have something to cut down the number, so if you impress on phone or in person, that's gonna put you in the top group!

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