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    I already have the experience but just lack those stupid bits of paper. I have thought about getting some more kit and setting up a test lab as I only have a my laptop at present. But as I do not really have the space its not a suitable option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard View Post
    I have been told that I am not eligible for one and that I should just go and download any software I want to learn off the net like everyone else does.... I was even told that I could find fake certificates if I looked hard enough and that no one would know the difference
    eh - Who told you that!? If you have 8 years experience in IT I'm sure you will be able to get a post even without any certifications. Just keep at it. Try applying to schools / companies direct. You only need to find 1 person willing to take a chance. When you have the job and some money coming in then you can do A-Levels / IT certs.
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    Do you have no qualifications outside school network management? Can you program in any languages at all? Private Sector IT Agencies are great at finding you work as a Java/.net/C++ programmer but thats about it. They are useless at finding infastructure work (sysadmin ITManager etc)

    check the usual it advert sites and pay attention to non agency adverts and check your council sites and eTeach

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard View Post
    I already have the experience but just lack those stupid bits of paper.
    Okay, so you have a target to work/save for - around £200 or whatever the fee is to take the exam for <insert favourite certification here>. A temporary job over the summer, maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard View Post
    I have been told by 2 agencies today that they only put me forward for jobs so that I make the favoured candidate look good.
    Jeez I hate outfits like these. Makes me want to scream. Bunch of spottops or whatever!

    [RANT OVER]

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    I sent you a PM with 2 posts in London if you were willing to commute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Okay, so you have a target to work/save for - around £200 or whatever the fee is to take the exam for <insert favourite certification here>. A temporary job over the summer, maybe?

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    What bit don't you get. I CANNOT GET A JOB!!!!!!!!!! I cannot even get one stacking shelves because I'm over qualified. Have been told this by 2 local supermarkets. Sorry But I'm really getting fed up now.

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    Have you conisdered removing some of your qualifications? My friend omitted their degree to get a part time pub job. You just have to put up with appearing to be a lifetime Dolite

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard View Post
    What bit don't you get. I CANNOT GET A JOB!!!!!!!!!! I cannot even get one stacking shelves because I'm over qualified. Have been told this by 2 local supermarkets. Sorry But I'm really getting fed up now.
    I'm sure you know this already but -

    Always remember you need to tailor your CV to each job. For a Supermarket I would downplay qualifications, technical skills and empathise customer service, timekeeping, teamwork, and so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somabc View Post
    I'm sure you know this already but -

    Always remember you need to tailor your CV to each job. For a Supermarket I would downplay qualifications, technical skills and empathise customer service, timekeeping, teamwork, and so on.
    Been doing that from the start.

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    Fair enough, why don't you post up your CV (omitting obvious personal info) on either here or at Employment & Jobs - CertForums

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard View Post
    What bit don't you get. I CANNOT GET A JOB!!!!!!!!!! I cannot even get one stacking shelves because I'm over qualified. Have been told this by 2 local supermarkets. Sorry But I'm really getting fed up now.
    You could try for cleaning jobs at supermarkets rather than stacking shelves - cleaning in supermarkets tends to be done by contracting firms, who are less bothered about who exactly is applying for a job. Also the hours tend to be a bit crummy (very early AM starts), so there tend to be vacancies quite often.

    Around Ramsgate, is there any seasonal fruit-picking work around now? There might be an official type job, or there might well be work-a-day-get-paid-cash kind of jobs.

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    what about waitering? i hear theyre not getting minimum wage these days.

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    As requested by somabc I have attached a copy of my CV.

    I have looked at cleaning jobs, fruit picking etc but with no luck. The problem is that we have a large immigrant population who are willing to does these jobs for less money.
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    that CV needs work. Should be no longer than 2 pages, you don't need to go into so much detail about what happened between 91 and 99 as they dont really care, and you need a much better layout

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