June 03, 2014, 9:20 PM —
I recently graduated from a technical school with the goal of changing careers and entering the IT field. I have a little IT professional experience and my A+ certification. Any tips on finding a job?
First, thank you for your question and good luck on your job search.
You mentioned in your email that all you needed was a little experience and training, but no one was willing to give you a chance. My suggestions to you are threefold. First, don’t underestimate your knowledge. Second, don’t underestimate your experience. Third, there are ways you can potentially enhance your knowledge, experience and training while job hunting.
Regarding your knowledge, you have your A+ certification and the knowledge you gained at the technical school. You said you have worked with XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Microsoft Active Directory, batch file, and other Microsoft-based software. This is a highly marketable skill set.
Regarding your experience, your resume shows that you upgraded hundreds of PCs at a major financial institution using a flash drive based process that you designed. Being at a financial institution, who surely did a background check on you, shows you are hire-able and can be trusted. Having created the flash drive based process shows you have both initiative and the technical ability to perform this type of task. Your resume also shows you worked in non-IT jobs within the travel and manufacturing industries. That said, you have worked within three industries and every industry likes to hire their own. Therefore, financial services, travel and manufacturing are three great places to concentrate your job search because you have already done work there.
Regarding places to gain additional experience, consider the following:
Work free at a small local PC Fix-it company:
Find a small PC maintenance company near your home and offer to work part time for free until you find a job, under the condition that they will let you work on a variety of PC related issues/tasks, provide some on-the-job training as needed and give you a professional reference. The reason I say work for free is that many small, one or two person, companies can use the extra hands, but don’t have the cash flow to hire and train you. These type of firms do great work and the company owners are generally very knowledgeable techies and great business people.