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Old 09-11-2001, 12:51 AM   #1
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Question Necro, T-REX: where are all the jobs at?!

I've been noticing that ppl have been moving onwards to bigger and better positions in technical/IT world. (ie. T-REX getting a nice admin job, Necro moving into the city)

What I wanna know is where the heck can I look for some IT work? I just came outta skool from BCIT studying to be a "network technician" and i've been searching on/off during the summer for some work, but nothing/nobody has really come up with any offers.

And now, its fall and I gots my whole life ahead of me and LOT of saving up to do before I can afford a vehicle to call my own *cough* impreza *cough*

just asking for some help and maybe a good swift kick in the right direction

Thanks fer yer time and fer ANY help. i know i sound like some Revscene member right now....
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Old 09-11-2001, 01:16 AM   #2
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"bigger and better"?

I'm what you call a "leaf node" worker. So I report to 15 layers of middle management and the buck stops here when it comes to actually getting stuff done. Being a megalomaniac at heart (ENTJ personality here fellas), I'm not the happiest person in the world when I go to work. But that's OK, because you need grey hairs to be respected in the business world. So no rush, eh?

So the best advice I have for you is to be patient. Just like I'm waiting to become older, better educated, and wiser before I can really start to have career satisfaction. So it is for getting in the door. I was just lucky that there were jobs everywhere in San Diego in 1998. The situation now is more like the Gen-X days of 1991-94. Honestly I'm too young to know what a bad economy is like, so we're both learning how to deal with it.

One thing I do see is that the Vancouver tech industry will do better than the world average in the next few years. Of course, if the world economy is going down the toilet, that doesn't mean we won't too ... but I do think there are some VERY good reasons for R&D to be here. So keep up your technical skills, geek out and read Slashdot every day, and when something good bites, reel it in!
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Old 09-11-2001, 01:26 AM   #3
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I would have to say Vancouver sucks, I'm MCSE, A+, Network+ & CCNA Certified and still couldn't get a job I like. My advise is go work for some temp company first to earn your experience. Go check out Teksystems, I used to work for them.
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Old 09-11-2001, 01:40 AM   #4
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A lot of the time it's not what credentials you have, it's more like who you know. I landed my job by pure luck. The guy picked it out because I had Delphi on my resume, but didn't use it much. In the end I got to do what I like to do which is real c/c++ in unix.
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Old 09-11-2001, 02:16 AM   #5
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certs mean nothing in the real world...

experience is key...
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Old 09-11-2001, 02:41 AM   #6
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seriously - BCIT should have some sort of program like a co-op??
Me? I landed mine thru co-op, and my only excuse (to get things my way) was that SFU pretty much screwed my schedule and I couldn't do my last 2 co-op terms until the end (which they don't normally allow) - and everything after that is history, as I'm still with the same company.
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Old 09-11-2001, 03:31 AM   #7
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Experience is the Key. You can have degrees up the Ying Yang.. but it doesnt mean crap if you have no real world experience. I have been doing Technical Support for 3 years now. Working my way from the bottom, sucking up

I got this Admin job from a friend, so hookups are always good. In this day and age, its very hard not to get a job if you dont know somebody first. All my previous jobs Ive had people that came in from recomendations from other employees, so yes hook ups are also a key.

Once you get your foot in the door, it can only get better from there.

Actually, My previous job at Radiant Communications should be hiring.... since I left them in the cold.

Dont tell them you know me though, or they gonna deny you on the spot...

Send your resume to me, and Ill give it to my friend to hand in for you... you can make her a $1000 if you get hired

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Old 09-11-2001, 04:29 AM   #8
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get ur ass off the computer and start looking for a job u lazy arse!! ahahahhaah
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Old 09-11-2001, 01:04 PM   #9
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Yes, doing co-op terms/practicums are very helpful, and most of the time you get paid for them. We get a lot of UBC, SFU, BCIT, UofC co-ops. The Calgary students sometimes do 1.5yr co-op terms!
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Old 09-11-2001, 02:31 PM   #10
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I'd say start networking with people. Get some background info on some companies you think you *may* want to work for, and do cold calls. Ask for informational interviews (not necessarily JOB interviews).... you'd be surprised what can come out of that.

I got my current job by making a cold call to the company, and I am moving into a new job the first week of October because (I think) I started talking to someone I know who already works there.

Good luck!
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Old 09-11-2001, 05:22 PM   #11
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whoa, thx guys! looks like i got some ppl watching to do. funny, my CAPP 12 teacher told my class, "its not WHAT you know, its WHO you know!" damnit, he was tooo right!

Akord: shut up! go back to shiftracing!
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