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    You'll have to bear with me guys because I am not an IT person myself, I'm a history teacher on a mission.
    My boyfriend did an IT degree, left uni and got a great job as a business analyst and then around a year later was made redundant. Ever since then he has not been able to get back into the IT field. He's 28 today and really struggling because he's in a part time retail job he hates and can't get his foot on the IT ladder. We've looked at his CV and it's pretty good (if I say so myself) but he just doesn't have enough experience (even 18k jobs want 2+ years). He has a qualification in networks, a master's and is so hard working. He's had quite a few interviews but obviously none have been successful- so his confidence is clearly an issue. I'm not sure what to suggest to him but I am making it my personal summer holiday mission to get him a job or even some experience. So I need advice on a few things-
    How can he possibly get that experience?
    What interview tips do you guys have?
    Any ideas about volunteering in the IT sector?
    Should he still be applying for graduate positions 5 years after his degree?
    Is there anything he needs on his CV to make him seem super attractive to employers?
    TL;dr help me to help my boyfriend get an IT job.
    Thanks!
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    (Original post by dosgatosporfavor)
    You'll have to bear with me guys because I am not an IT person myself, I'm a history teacher on a mission.
    My boyfriend did an IT degree, left uni and got a great job as a business analyst and then around a year later was made redundant. Ever since then he has not been able to get back into the IT field. He's 28 today and really struggling because he's in a part time retail job he hates and can't get his foot on the IT ladder. We've looked at his CV and it's pretty good (if I say so myself) but he just doesn't have enough experience (even 18k jobs want 2+ years). He has a qualification in networks, a master's and is so hard working. He's had quite a few interviews but obviously none have been successful- so his confidence is clearly an issue. I'm not sure what to suggest to him but I am making it my personal summer holiday mission to get him a job or even some experience. So I need advice on a few things-
    How can he possibly get that experience?
    What interview tips do you guys have?
    Any ideas about volunteering in the IT sector?
    Should he still be applying for graduate positions 5 years after his degree?
    Is there anything he needs on his CV to make him seem super attractive to employers?
    TL;dr help me to help my boyfriend get an IT job.
    Thanks!
    What sort of IT jobs is he looking for? I can then provide more information...
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    What sort of IT jobs is he looking for? I can then provide more information...
    Ideally in networks- cisco and stuff, but service desk/1st line support are also what he has been applying for.
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    (Original post by dosgatosporfavor)
    Ideally in networks- cisco and stuff, but service desk/1st line support are also what he has been applying for.
    Well it looks like he is over qualified for firstline helpdesk (thats what I do) tbh which can actually hinder him. If he worked as a business analysts I guess that means he was more paperwork than technical.. Thing is I got my job with no experience it depends on how your bf comes across as a person so its hard to offer advice. Does he have any certification like MCSA? this would boost his chances greatly. Tell him too lookup MCSA and get certified, I bet money he would get a job.


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    (Original post by dosgatosporfavor)
    Ideally in networks- cisco and stuff, but service desk/1st line support are also what he has been applying for.
    After researching, it is a good career to get in to. However, it is competitive. There are a lot of people doing these sort of job roles. So he needs something unique on his CV. I would say work experience is the best thing to do. I’ll answer some of your questions…

    Q1) How can he possibly get that experience?

    A1) I would say contact relevant companies and see if he can get experience. It shouldn’t be a big deal. Or another solution is doing some personal projects and use them for demonstration purposes.

    Q2) What interview tips do you guys have?

    A2) The only tip I can give you is say thing that has a deep connection to his job role. I would read the job description and find the keywords and use them in the interview. Most interviewer are looking for someone who knows the common keywords.

    Q3) Any ideas about volunteering in the IT sector?

    A3) Its possible, but unlikely. It’s hard to find volunteer work related to IT. But try, I might be wrong. If you do find an IT volunteer job, then it needs to be relevant to his dream job.

    Q4) Should he still be applying for graduate positions 5 years after his degree?

    A4) Generally no, because the graduate job wants recent graduates (in most cases). Most employers want people who graduated in the past year (at the very maximum). However, you can try, but it’s unlikely.

    Q5) Is there anything he needs on his CV to make him seem super attractive to employers?

    A5) Yes, clearly put down the most common keyword that relates to his dream job. For example, for network related jobs, he needs to mention about “cisco” and which version you use. This is a typical example.
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    Thanks for the responses guys. You've given me some pretty clear places to start. Cheers!
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    (Original post by dosgatosporfavor)
    You'll have to bear with me guys because I am not an IT person myself, I'm a history teacher on a mission.
    My boyfriend did an IT degree, left uni and got a great job as a business analyst and then around a year later was made redundant. Ever since then he has not been able to get back into the IT field. He's 28 today and really struggling because he's in a part time retail job he hates and can't get his foot on the IT ladder.
    He already had his foot on the ladder - 1 year of experience is enough. Can you please explain further on what his role consisted of? You may wish to look at his CV, or ask him directly and then post here. In particular, I'm interested in knowing what specific skills and experiences did he acquire? What technologies did he work with? If there was any support involved, what level was this at? E.g. 2nd line? And what applications did he use when conducting his duties?. Names would be helpful.

    We've looked at his CV and it's pretty good (if I say so myself) but he just doesn't have enough experience (even 18k jobs want 2+ years).
    It may look good to you, but a technical manager might think otherwise. Can you list all the keywords, job description etc. used? Also is everything given a date range? E.g. 08/2015 - 09/2016; Business Analyst at SomeCompany Ltd. - description...

    Does he have any additional speaking languages? Portfolios, examples of work?

    Does he have enough good relevant references?

    Even though the job ads say 2+ years, is he applying anyway? If not, he should be. He should be applying to anything and everything every day.

    He has a qualification in networks, a master's and is so hard working. He's had quite a few interviews but obviously none have been successful- so his confidence is clearly an issue. I'm not sure what to suggest to him but I am making it my personal summer holiday mission to get him a job or even some experience.
    Please describe the interviews, what sort of questions are asked and what sort of responses does he give? How far into the recruitment process does he get until he becomes unsuccessful?

    What websites is he using to apply for jobs? Has he made his online profile and CV publicly searchable by employers on these websites? Does he have a LinkedIn profile? Has he been building up his professional network appropriately to his advantage? Does he have any online presence at all?

    Which area is he living and how far is he willing to travel to work? Has he considered expanding the search radius?

    What feedback is receiving from interviews, if none, has he asked for feedback? If not, why not?

    What is he doing in the meantime to build up his portfolio in order to strengthen his IT and Technology background? What research is he doing, what projects is he working on? What certifications is he looking into? What about online courses? If nothing, why?

    You mentioned networks, has he looked at Cisco certifications (e.g. CCNA)? Otherwise what about online courses, or others e.g. Network+ or even Microsoft ones (e.g. MSCA)?

    So I need advice on a few things-
    How can he possibly get that experience?
    What interview tips do you guys have?
    Any ideas about volunteering in the IT sector?
    Should he still be applying for graduate positions 5 years after his degree?
    Is there anything he needs on his CV to make him seem super attractive to employers?
    TL;dr help me to help my boyfriend get an IT job.
    Thanks!
    Before we reach this part, let's cover the above points first.

    Also, what has he been doing within the 5 year gap after his degree? You say he was working for 1 year in the IT sector.

    If he's getting interviews, his CV may be alright, but if he's not getting interviews most of the time when applying for relevant roles to his 1 year experience - then there is something about his CV that needs updating and enhancing.

    Cheers - I'd like to help you, but you need to help me with the information above.

    Just to let you know, I've been in the IT & Technology industry for many years across a range of roles and companies, and dealt with various clients which include Fortune 500 companies.
 
 
 
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