OT: A+ Jobs

Discussion in 'A+ Certification' started by rainman, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. rainman

    rainman Guest

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    I realize this is off-topic, but I've been having an insanely difficult
    time trying to find a job. Even with my A+ cert, 5+ years
    help-desk/network Admin/windows Admin experience, and a
    government-issued security clearance from my former service in the Army,
    I'm still having trouble. I'd prefer a job working help-desk/network
    Admin/windows Admin, but I'd take pretty much anything (cabling, bank
    teller, anything...).

    I've been searching Monster, HotJobs, and CareerBuilder, but nobody is
    taking the bait. If anybody has any suggestions, or knows of any jobs in
    the SE Michigan area (Detroit/Ann-Arbor, etc..), please let me know.

    Rainman (A.K.A Christopher Tubbs)
    http://tubbs-net.com/resume.php
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    rainman, Jun 29, 2005
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  2. rainman

    D. Brown Guest

    Re: A+ Jobs

    "rainman" <> wrote in message
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    > I realize this is off-topic, but I've been having an insanely difficult
    > time trying to find a job. Even with my A+ cert, 5+ years
    > help-desk/network Admin/windows Admin experience, and a
    > government-issued security clearance from my former service in the Army,
    > I'm still having trouble. I'd prefer a job working help-desk/network
    > Admin/windows Admin, but I'd take pretty much anything (cabling, bank
    > teller, anything...).
    >
    > I've been searching Monster, HotJobs, and CareerBuilder, but nobody is
    > taking the bait. If anybody has any suggestions, or knows of any jobs in
    > the SE Michigan area (Detroit/Ann-Arbor, etc..), please let me know.
    >
    > Rainman (A.K.A Christopher Tubbs)
    > http://tubbs-net.com/resume.php


    Hey Rainman, I'm in Grand Rapids...

    Have you ever thought about State Employment?
    There may be some jobs in MDIT, I hear they are understaffed in the Detroit
    area.

    http://www.michigan.gov/mdcs/0,1607,7-147-6876_8056---,00.html

    When I tried the links to the job openings this morning all where down,
    maybe they are updating the job listing and it will be available later
    today.

    Good Luck.
    D. Brown, Jun 30, 2005
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  3. rainman

    Dark Raven Guest

    I'm having the same luck as you trying to find another job right now
    near Detroit. I mean, I currently have one I've been in for 5 years,
    but am making a crappy salary and want to make more money. I've sent
    out 12 résumés in the last month and haven't gotten a call for a
    single interview. How depressing. I hate to say it, but leaving the
    state may be the only viable option here. Michigan is the absolute
    worst state to find a job in now.

    On Wed, 29 Jun 2005 09:09:25 -0400, rainman
    <> wrote:

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    >I realize this is off-topic, but I've been having an insanely difficult
    >time trying to find a job. Even with my A+ cert, 5+ years
    >help-desk/network Admin/windows Admin experience, and a
    >government-issued security clearance from my former service in the Army,
    >I'm still having trouble. I'd prefer a job working help-desk/network
    >Admin/windows Admin, but I'd take pretty much anything (cabling, bank
    >teller, anything...).
    >
    >I've been searching Monster, HotJobs, and CareerBuilder, but nobody is
    >taking the bait. If anybody has any suggestions, or knows of any jobs in
    >the SE Michigan area (Detroit/Ann-Arbor, etc..), please let me know.
    >
    >Rainman (A.K.A Christopher Tubbs)
    >http://tubbs-net.com/resume.php
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    Dark Raven, Jun 30, 2005
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  4. rainman

    SuperTech Guest

    rainman <> wrote in
    news::

    > I've been searching Monster, HotJobs, and CareerBuilder, but
    > nobody is taking the bait. If anybody has any suggestions, or
    > knows of any jobs in the SE Michigan area (Detroit/Ann-Arbor,
    > etc..), please let me know.


    I just got another job 2 weeks ago after searching since the end of
    January of this year. I didn't get one call until the end of May and
    then I got 4 calls in a period of two weeks! Maybe it was the market,
    maybe it was the changes in my resume, who knows!

    Here are some tips:

    Freshen up your resume. Have people online critique it. I did so at
    www.experts-exchange.com and got some good tips including:

    - Keep it brief and to the point
    - Put a list of achievements on top of the resume
    - Show off your certifications with a few logos (like the A+ logo)
    - If you have a decent web site, tag it to your contact information
    - List your salary requirements as OPEN

    Make sure you are using good quality bond paper and matching envelopes
    for resumes and cover letters.

    Freshen up your references. I had one system administrator, one PC
    Tech and one guy that worked at IBM for my references.

    After the interview (assuming you got one), send a thank you card to
    all the people you met with. Ask for business cards during the
    interview.

    Check out this web site for job sites:

    http://www.weddles.com/awards2004/weddles_t_winn.htm

    HTH,
    SuperTech
    SuperTech, Jul 1, 2005
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  5. rainman

    Lee Guest

    On Fri, 01 Jul 2005 01:23:12 GMT, SuperTech <> wrote:

    >rainman <> wrote in
    >news::
    >
    >> I've been searching Monster, HotJobs, and CareerBuilder, but
    >> nobody is taking the bait. If anybody has any suggestions, or
    >> knows of any jobs in the SE Michigan area (Detroit/Ann-Arbor,
    >> etc..), please let me know.

    >
    >I just got another job 2 weeks ago after searching since the end of
    >January of this year. I didn't get one call until the end of May and
    >then I got 4 calls in a period of two weeks! Maybe it was the market,
    >maybe it was the changes in my resume, who knows!
    >
    >Here are some tips:
    >
    >Freshen up your resume. Have people online critique it. I did so at
    >www.experts-exchange.com and got some good tips including:
    >
    > - Keep it brief and to the point
    > - Put a list of achievements on top of the resume
    > - Show off your certifications with a few logos (like the A+ logo)
    > - If you have a decent web site, tag it to your contact information
    > - List your salary requirements as OPEN
    >
    >Make sure you are using good quality bond paper and matching envelopes
    >for resumes and cover letters.
    >
    >Freshen up your references. I had one system administrator, one PC
    >Tech and one guy that worked at IBM for my references.
    >
    >After the interview (assuming you got one), send a thank you card to
    >all the people you met with. Ask for business cards during the
    >interview.
    >
    >Check out this web site for job sites:
    >
    >http://www.weddles.com/awards2004/weddles_t_winn.htm
    >
    >HTH,
    >SuperTech



    All great tips. My wife is an HR manager for a large corp., and she
    would add this:

    Keep it to ONE page. Many HR folks have to go through hundreds of
    resumes, and often don't look at a second page. The first page would
    have to show you walking on water to get a look at the second.

    Make sure you check with your references to confirm their willingness
    to be contacted now... having talked with them a year ago isn't good.
    Lee, Jul 4, 2005
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  6. rainman

    SuperTech Guest

    Lee <> wrote in
    news::

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    > Make sure you check with your references to confirm their
    > willingness to be contacted now... having talked with them a year
    > ago isn't good.


    What was cool is that while working my last job, one of my references
    was sitting about 10 feet across from me and the other 7 feet behind
    me! So I got to keep in close contact with them on a daily basis. I
    even got to listen to a voice mail from one of the companies I applied
    to asking how good I was, hehehe.

    SuperTech
    SuperTech, Jul 4, 2005
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  7. On Sun, 03 Jul 2005 22:00:04 -0400, Lee <>
    wrote:

    >On Fri, 01 Jul 2005 01:23:12 GMT, SuperTech <> wrote:
    >
    >>rainman <> wrote in
    >>news::
    >>
    >>> I've been searching Monster, HotJobs, and CareerBuilder, but
    >>> nobody is taking the bait. If anybody has any suggestions, or
    >>> knows of any jobs in the SE Michigan area (Detroit/Ann-Arbor,
    >>> etc..), please let me know.

    >>
    >>I just got another job 2 weeks ago after searching since the end of
    >>January of this year. I didn't get one call until the end of May and
    >>then I got 4 calls in a period of two weeks! Maybe it was the market,
    >>maybe it was the changes in my resume, who knows!
    >>
    >>Here are some tips:
    >>
    >>Freshen up your resume. Have people online critique it. I did so at
    >>www.experts-exchange.com and got some good tips including:
    >>
    >> - Keep it brief and to the point
    >> - Put a list of achievements on top of the resume
    >> - Show off your certifications with a few logos (like the A+ logo)
    >> - If you have a decent web site, tag it to your contact information
    >> - List your salary requirements as OPEN
    >>
    >>Make sure you are using good quality bond paper and matching envelopes
    >>for resumes and cover letters.
    >>
    >>Freshen up your references. I had one system administrator, one PC
    >>Tech and one guy that worked at IBM for my references.
    >>
    >>After the interview (assuming you got one), send a thank you card to
    >>all the people you met with. Ask for business cards during the
    >>interview.
    >>
    >>Check out this web site for job sites:
    >>
    >>http://www.weddles.com/awards2004/weddles_t_winn.htm
    >>
    >>HTH,
    >>SuperTech

    >
    >
    >All great tips. My wife is an HR manager for a large corp., and she
    >would add this:
    >
    >Keep it to ONE page. Many HR folks have to go through hundreds of
    >resumes, and often don't look at a second page. The first page would
    >have to show you walking on water to get a look at the second.


    I haven't been able to do that for years...too much history. :)

    Tom

    >
    >Make sure you check with your references to confirm their willingness
    >to be contacted now... having talked with them a year ago isn't good.
    Tom MacIntyre, Jul 4, 2005
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  8. rainman

    AG Guest

    "Tom MacIntyre" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I haven't been able to do that for years...too much history. :)
    >
    > Tom


    I fixed that. I just quit putting anything past the last 10 years in mine.
    The stuff before that doesn't matter that much. My 5 years as a painter
    don't have that much to do with how well I can fix a computer.

    AG
    AG, Jul 5, 2005
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  9. rainman

    Dark Raven Guest

    Unfortunately I have no references at this time because I'm currently
    employed and have been at the same place for several years. As such
    I've lost contact with anyone I used to know in other companies. I
    dare not give my current coworkers/employer as a reference right now
    because if they were called I'd be canned for sure for searching for
    another job. I wish I could find some way around this problem.

    On Sun, 03 Jul 2005 22:00:04 -0400, Lee <>
    wrote:

    >On Fri, 01 Jul 2005 01:23:12 GMT, SuperTech <> wrote:
    >
    >>rainman <> wrote in
    >>news::
    >>
    >>> I've been searching Monster, HotJobs, and CareerBuilder, but
    >>> nobody is taking the bait. If anybody has any suggestions, or
    >>> knows of any jobs in the SE Michigan area (Detroit/Ann-Arbor,
    >>> etc..), please let me know.

    >>
    >>I just got another job 2 weeks ago after searching since the end of
    >>January of this year. I didn't get one call until the end of May and
    >>then I got 4 calls in a period of two weeks! Maybe it was the market,
    >>maybe it was the changes in my resume, who knows!
    >>
    >>Here are some tips:
    >>
    >>Freshen up your resume. Have people online critique it. I did so at
    >>www.experts-exchange.com and got some good tips including:
    >>
    >> - Keep it brief and to the point
    >> - Put a list of achievements on top of the resume
    >> - Show off your certifications with a few logos (like the A+ logo)
    >> - If you have a decent web site, tag it to your contact information
    >> - List your salary requirements as OPEN
    >>
    >>Make sure you are using good quality bond paper and matching envelopes
    >>for resumes and cover letters.
    >>
    >>Freshen up your references. I had one system administrator, one PC
    >>Tech and one guy that worked at IBM for my references.
    >>
    >>After the interview (assuming you got one), send a thank you card to
    >>all the people you met with. Ask for business cards during the
    >>interview.
    >>
    >>Check out this web site for job sites:
    >>
    >>http://www.weddles.com/awards2004/weddles_t_winn.htm
    >>
    >>HTH,
    >>SuperTech

    >
    >
    >All great tips. My wife is an HR manager for a large corp., and she
    >would add this:
    >
    >Keep it to ONE page. Many HR folks have to go through hundreds of
    >resumes, and often don't look at a second page. The first page would
    >have to show you walking on water to get a look at the second.
    >
    >Make sure you check with your references to confirm their willingness
    >to be contacted now... having talked with them a year ago isn't good.
    Dark Raven, Jul 5, 2005
    #9
  10. On Tue, 05 Jul 2005 10:54:56 GMT, "AG" <> wrote:

    >
    >"Tom MacIntyre" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> I haven't been able to do that for years...too much history. :)
    >>
    >> Tom

    >
    >I fixed that. I just quit putting anything past the last 10 years in mine.
    >The stuff before that doesn't matter that much. My 5 years as a painter
    >don't have that much to do with how well I can fix a computer.
    >
    >AG
    >
    >


    I worked in broadcasting for over 17 years, for Canada's national
    broadcaster, the CBC...that alone takes up half a page, as I worked
    about 8 different technical positions, and for some of them the
    specific duties are not obvious from the job title.

    Tom
    Tom MacIntyre, Jul 6, 2005
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