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Posted 09-21-2007 at 12:39 AM by curses

Yes, resumes. We all hate writing them. The only thing worse than updating your resume is writing a cover letter. This is why I stick with jobs I hate for years on end. Fuck resumes.

I've been given inside info about an IT position opening up in the company I am temping with. The ops manager gave me the nod and told me to bring in my resume tomorrow. I have one written, but I'm not very pleased with it. It seems I don't really know how to sell myself well in writing. I think the interview will go fine (they want someone with A+ certification, but after having a look at the test, I should be fine without it. If they want it, I can pass it easy peasy.)

But I wonder if it's worth getting my MCSE? I need to find full time work till our lil company takes off, and this would help matters dramatically. I need to find a place that offers courses, I'm not very good with self-directed learning.

And apparently that is my train of thought blog post for the evening. It had a point once..I lost it though.
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    Kyuss Apollo's Avatar
    Yeah, I've been at my job for so long, I had forgotten all the crrrrap that goes with getting another one. When I was on sabbatical a fews years back I decided to test the waters and did a preliminary interviewed for a textbook company up in Massachusetts--I have a friend that works for them and he helped hook me up. When I ever finish my MA thesis I have a good prospect of landing a position with them, but the whole process of dusting off the old résumé and updating it and then the interview--ugh.

    Good luck though curses! Trading in a temp slot for something actual is worth the pita of the résumé/interview rigmarole.
    Posted 09-21-2007 at 04:14 AM by Kyuss Apollo Kyuss Apollo is offline
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    Ymir's blood's Avatar
    Ah, good luck today.
    Posted 09-21-2007 at 03:43 PM by Ymir's blood Ymir's blood is offline
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    curses's Avatar
    Thanks, you two. It was really odd. I spent last night laying out my resume in InDesign so it looked spiffy. I brought it in and gave it to the ops manager who passed it on to the person who sent the email around. Someone came around from home office today, and she thought he was the guy in charge of hiring, so she introduced me to him. Long story short, he's not the manager, but we got on very well. Hopefully he'll remember me and put in a good word.

    I never did get to talk to the hiring manager, though. But he does have my contact info :)
    Posted 09-22-2007 at 02:30 AM by curses curses is offline
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    Ymir's blood's Avatar
    Curses: Who is the hiring manager?
    Home office guy: You are number six...

    I hope this works out. :crossed:
    Posted 09-22-2007 at 03:19 AM by Ymir's blood Ymir's blood is offline
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    viscousmemories's Avatar
    The MCSE is a big bite to chew, and courses run in the multiple thousands of dollars. It might be worth getting, though. I dunno. You might also want to look into the new Microsoft "Technology Specialist" certifications. I'm studying for the SQL Server 2005 MCTS cert now.
    Posted 09-24-2007 at 06:07 PM by viscousmemories viscousmemories is offline
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    curses's Avatar
    Thanks, vm. I was questioning the MCSE because my ultimate goal would be Linux Admin. The other IT guy said it ran him about 7 grand for the MCSE here. I don't think that would be money well spent. Thanks for the MCTS link, I'll have a look through those. I see .NET and Exchange, and that might be useful.

    Have you ever looked into the A+ cert, by any chance?
    Posted 09-24-2007 at 06:13 PM by curses curses is offline
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    viscousmemories's Avatar
    I have - I even bought an A+ study guide once upon a time. It was way too pc hardware specific for my tastes, though. I can build a computer and a network (I used to have the Novell CNE cert, but it's lapsed) but I can't tell you the voltage of a Pentium 4 chip and don't want to know!
    Posted 09-24-2007 at 06:30 PM by viscousmemories viscousmemories is offline
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    curses's Avatar
    See, that's the thing..I can build a computer and network, too. They just don't seem to believe me. Sometimes it makes me wonder if it's still a male-dominated field and they just think it's "cute" that I want to be in IT. (I've actually had that comment directed at me before. "Aww, cute. A girl that wants to be in IT. Can you hook up your own computer, hon?")

    I'm, erm, "acquiring" a few training vids and a practice test now.
    Posted 09-24-2007 at 06:36 PM by curses curses is offline
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    viscousmemories's Avatar
    Hehe. Coolio, good luck with that. I'm just about ready to take the SQL cert test, but I've run out of money. Hopefully I can get a job without it.
    Posted 09-24-2007 at 06:59 PM by viscousmemories viscousmemories is offline

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