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Old 04-02-2010, 12:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do i get experience if the entry level jobs require experience? i was browsing for jobs yesterday and every entry level job i saw required at least two years experience
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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maybe try an intern position? dunno.
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That is the messed up thing about this industry. Every job requires experience (even the most entry level position), but no one will give you a job without that experience. So how in the world do you get that experience that no one will allow you to obtain!?!?!

I ran into the same thing, and i'm sure most others have to when they were first starting out. REally your best bet is to have a degree or certifications. Those are the 'stepping stool' that will allow an employer to look past your lack of experience and give you a shot. They'll see that maybe you don't have any experience, but you must know something if you have a computer degree or a few certifications.

A computer degree of some type is the most valuable (CIS / CSC), but certifications can be an option if you can't get a degree. I would personally start out with A+ and Net+, then an operating s ystem certification like Windows 7.
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Old 04-02-2010, 01:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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^^^ What he said.

You need at least a certification, try for your A+ or Net+
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A+ got me my job with no experience. A+ is the bare minimum.
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That is the messed up thing about this industry. Every job requires experience (even the most entry level position), but no one will give you a job without that experience. So how in the world do you get that experience that no one will allow you to obtain!?!?!

I ran into the same thing, and i'm sure most others have to when they were first starting out. REally your best bet is to have a degree or certifications. Those are the 'stepping stool' that will allow an employer to look past your lack of experience and give you a shot. They'll see that maybe you don't have any experience, but you must know something if you have a computer degree or a few certifications.

A computer degree of some type is the most valuable (CIS / CSC), but certifications can be an option if you can't get a degree. I would personally start out with A+ and Net+, then an operating s ystem certification like Windows 7.
^ LEX hit it on the head,
Thing is though I ran a VERY successful IT company and to be frank I didn't care what certificates you had if you had talent and the ability to learn + the right attitude I hired you. Just be patient and dont fudge your CV to fit a job you cant do, just walk into any local IT shop and say even if it's unpayed I still want a few hours to help out and gain real word experience.
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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if you going to ask a shop to help, even unpaid, you'll have better luck with a less busy place at first.

that actually might not be the case for you. i only say so because people walk into the shop i work for all the time, asking to learn, and we have to tell them no because the shop is 16 years old and has a very large client base. the store is extremely busy and we don't have the time to monitor what someone else is doing. so if you find a shop that doesn't stay backed up, you might be more successful in your hunt and they might have more time to teach you.
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You could always apply for internships too. I know this is most likely to occur for a college student but I guess it's still possible for you to get one. (some are paid, some aren't)
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thankx guy i didnt think about that, but my next question after gaining experience does a help desk tech comes first then help desk support? or does it matter
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Doesn't matter - every company is different and use different names for their positions. Generally speaking:
helpdesk support is the lowest (answering phones, troubleshooting over the phone), next would be desktop support (actually going to their desk to fix things).
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