Any IT field Bees who can offer some advice? Job search related :)

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Has he tried looking into other local universities or community colleges for an IT position? From  my experience, there’s usually always work to be had like that in higher education. I’m not exactly IT, but because I can use a computer pretty well people thought I was a freaking wizard at my last job.

I also have a friend that teaches computer classes to the elderly at a local library. It’s not exactly ideal, but it would probably look great on a resume.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I work in the IT field.  What kind of position is he looking for?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ddstobe2015:  I am far from being an IT bee but my husband is in the computer field, so I wracked his brain a little 🙂  I’m not sure what kind of program he completed but if he is well versed in IT, finding a job shouldn’t be hard.  I know when I was looking for a job (in the science field) all my queries came up with IT positions.  I would have suspected it was the area, but my husband was in Houston for a while and they should have positions.  I agree with the above poster who recommended universities and just school districts in general, just to build up his credentials.  My brother-in-law is in the IT field and works as the IT supervisor for a school district.  There is the oil company Marathon that I know has a corporate headquarters in Houston, doesn’t hurt to see what they have there (my husband did an internship with them).  Sorry, that my thoughts are not very organized  🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@ddstobe2015:  Okay, that’s good to know.  One of my best suggestions would be to apply to any and all jobs that are in the IT field – once you get in it’s easy to move around.  Does his university have any job hunting resources?  Mine did, which is how a lot of my friends and I got our jobs. 

 

Does he have any kind of experience, such as an internship?  How is his resume?  Has he been using a cover letter when he applies for jobs?

Edit:  Feel free to PM me with this information if you’re not comfortable with posting it on the forum.

 

Post # 10
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Worker bee

I don’t know about the working up to IT project management … I’m in IT and my project manager are consistently borderline mentally retarded and worthless. It is a complicated thing to coordinate but possible. Most of my project managers are contracted so perhaps look for some contract offers through monster or such.

 

Good luck

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

IT is one of those fields you need to get your hands on real life experience for your resume to be given a fair shake. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend getting more schooling, just maybe getting his feet wet. Even if the position isn’t what he wants to do in the long run.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m a little late finding this thread, but I’ll give my input anyway.

I will be working, fresh out of college, in IT consulting (my degree is in computer engineering, but a guaranteed job straight out of college is just too good to pass up).  The company I work for is CGI.  CGI likes to hire new grads, so if there’s a branch in Houston, you might try checking them out.

Also, if a place is asking for 2 years or so, sometimes if the company is impressed with the candidate or thinks they’ll be the best fit, they’ll overlook the experience requirement.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Agree with other posters- he should apply for geaduate positions at companies like IBM, HP, fujitsu, CSC etc. if he wants to be a project manager, he should have a Prince 2 or equivalent qualifaction.

FYI, I’m a customer solutions architect at a top 3 IT company. I have a business degree, applied for the sales graduate program at that IT company and became a solutions architect within a year.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m an IT professional for *cough* a while now.  My first job out of school was system administration for a vendor who took care of a specialized computer system at American Express.  From there I moved into software development.

I think it’s important for a Project Manager to have some experience both in server-side system administration and software development.  Both areas involve planning changes, testing, translating business requirements into software requirements, issue resolution and prioritization.  Your FI should look for any IT position but also internships for a large project. Even if it was “just testing” he’d gain experience in all of the areas I mentioned in a small enough team.

Also, if you’re young with relative financial flexibility (no kids, mortgage yet) the stability of your employer is less important.  That first job was for a company under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  There’s no way they would have hired a 22-year-old otherwise.  The position was stable since it was contractually required at a revenue-generating client installation.

 

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