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    Thats soooo true. I do know Network security and linux. Two agencies replied me via email saying: "Unfortunetly...................you are over qualified................" WTF! Ill post a copy of my cv here and you all see what is made of it.

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    I am strongly self-motivated with extensive “hands on” experience. Consistently successful in delivering improved operational efficiency and enhanced customer satisfaction. Energetic and creative with a special talent for solving technical problems. Exceptional interpersonal communication, analytical and logical process skills with high client service awareness.
    My knowledge base gained by self studying with practice CDs/DVDs, hands-on experience and with the help of online forums. From time to time solving problems that I have never seen before is just fun because I know where to get answers in a “nic” of time.
    Subject/Qualifications (CXC) Place of Study Grade/Results Year Obtained
    Mathematics
    Jamaica
    2
    2001
    English Language
    Jamaica
    2
    2001
    Information Technology
    Jamaica
    1
    2001
    Technical Drawing
    Jamaica
    3
    2001
    Electrical & Electronics Tech.
    Jamaica
    2
    2001
    Physics
    Jamaica
    3
    2001
    Self Study Knowledge Course Software
    Linux – RedHat {installed in VMware}
     Installation Process
     Setting up Users
     Configuring Firewall: Iptables
     Configuring SSH
    LearnKey Linux+
    Cisco - CCNA {practices in CCNA Network Visualizer 6.0}
    Microsoft SQL 2005 {installed in VMware}
    Microsoft MCSE
     Subnetting
     Configuring Switches/Routers
     Adding Encrypted Passwords
     Adding Vlans
     Setting up RIP, OSPF
     Implementing and Maintenance
     Administration
     Designing and Creating Tables
     Managing and Maintaining a Server 2003
     Design a Server 2003 AD and Network Infrastructure.
     Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows Server 2003 Network.
     Planning Implementing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 AD Infrastructure.
     Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows Server 2003 Network.
     Planning Implementing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 AD Infrastructure.
     Exchange 2003 Administration and Design
    CBTNugget
    CBTNugget SQL 2005
    CBTNugget MCSE
    Employment History Summary of Job Dates
    Computer Technician
    LAN Integrators Ltd
    5 Tremaine Rd,
    Kingston 6
    Jamaica.:

     Clean & Service of Computers + Printers
     Computer Repairs + Upgrades.
     Cat5e-6 Cabling & Testing.
     Setting up Routers/Switches on Network
     Microsoft Server 2003 Installation
     Microsoft Exchange 2003 Administration & Design
     Add/Remove Users from Active Directory
     Set Group Policy
     Installing Powerware UPS
     Computer Help Desk
     Basic SAP Configuring
     Software Analyzing
     Lotus Notes Configuration
     Checkpoint Firewall Configuration
     IT Hardware Sales: Servers, Printers, Print Servers etc.

    March 6, 2006 – April 30, 2008
    Senior Computer Technician
    Discount Computers
    1392 South Windermere Pl.
    Cumberland, Portmore
    Jamaica.
    Overall Responsibilities:
     Clean & Service of Computers + Printers
     Computer Repairs + Upgrades.
     Cat5e-6 Cabling & Testing.
     Setting up Routers/Switches on Network
     Microsoft Server 2003 Installation
     Macintosh Server OS X Installation
     Installing/Configuring VMware Fusion - Mac
     Add/Remove Users from Active Directory
     Set Group Policy
     Macintosh Repairs & Upgrades (Laptops, G3-G5 and IMac)
     Help Desk (onsite & remote)
     Rollouts of Norton Antivirus to Users
     Removal of Dangerous Viruses
     Microsoft Exchange Administration & Design
     Software Analyzing
     Remove Forgotten Passwords (users + systems)
     Setting up Network Infrastructure (rack + cabinet)
     Setting up CCTV on Network + Monitoring
     Backing up Data
     Checkpoint Firewall Configuration
     Configuring Web Remote Connection
     Using Logmein to log into Customer’s Computer
     Installation, Configurations & maintenance of computer hardware including Dell, HP, IBM, G3-G5, Imac workstations and servers.
     Installation and maintenance of network hardware such as Cisco or Nortel routers/switches. This involves firmware updates, configuration and backup/restore of configurations.
     Retrieve user’s data from damaging hard drive with software utility call MiniPE (LiveCD).
     Repairing printers such as Dot-matrix, Bubble Jet and LaserJet within the shortest time possible.
     Installed and configure SAP on client machine and set user rights.
    May 6, 2008 – December 9, 2008
     Installation and configuration of Veritas Backup Exec 9.1 including daily backups and restoration of lost user data.
     Installation of cabling infrastructure such as wall mounts racks and patch panel. Setting up Cat5e and Cat6 cabling with supply the customer of a network layout diagram of the network points.
     Remote help desk by using Logmein (www.Logmein.com) which supports Macintosh and Windows Computers.
     Norton Antivirus roll-outs to users from server.
     Ghosting and imaging hard drives then burn to dual-layer dvds for secure data backup.
     Day to day installation of Adobe CS2/3, MS Office 2004, ILife ‘07/8, troubleshooting problems which may occur within these software.
     Replacing damaged/damaging LCD screens on the IMacs and Mac pro laptops.
     Keep computers running their best by using “cleanup!” utility for the pc and “onyx” for the Macintosh
     Installing Windows Operating System within VMware Fusion on Macintosh Systems
     Installing Mac OS X on PC Hardware – (Test Purposes only)

    Technical Skills:
     VMware
     VMware Fusion - Mac
     Microsoft Office
     Norton Antivirus
     McAfee Antivirus Security Center
     Logmein and VNC
     Live CD (Microsoft and Macintosh)
     Basic Dreamweaver
     Problem Solving
     Flexible and Assertive
     MS System Administrator
     To work on own initiative
     Blackberry BES (practice with manual by Mitesh Desai & Dan Renfroe)
     Norton Ghost
     TCP/IP
     Firewall Software
     Microsoft Visio
     Checkpoint Firewall
     Microsoft SQL 2005
     ISA Server 2000/2004
     Active Directory
     Microsoft Exchange Server
     Service Desk/Helpdesk Analyst
     Adobe CS3 – Mac
     MS Office 2004/2008 - Mac

    Hobbies:
     Joining online forums i.e. Linux, Windows and Macintosh
     Studying and Reading
     Playing console games
     Working with computers all day

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    1. Reverse the order of your experience.

    People will wnat to know what you have done recently, first.

    2. The longer you have been out of school, the less those qualifications become, so just the high-lights if space is tight.

    3. You do not "join" on-line forums, you "contribute to informal discussion on-line"

    4. "My knowledge base gained by self studying with practice CDs/DVDs, hands-on experience and with the help of online forums. From time to time solving problems that I have never seen before is just fun because I know where to get answers in a “nic” of time."

    <gasp for breath!>

    I would re-write that into something like: -

    Home study complimented by practical experience.

    5. "Working with computers all day" is NOT a hobby. People will want to know you can unwind after an hard day at work. Swimming, hill walking, DIY are hobbies.

    From the look of it, I would say it is too long and too detailed. You just cannot see the wood for the trees.

    Pick out the high-lights.

    Two sides of A4, a fair bit of "white space" so the reviewer can make notes and keep it short!

    Taylor the CV to the post, do NOT apply for a £18k job with a £28k CV.

    I am not a recruitment consultant, but my CV's have got me jobs, so they can't be THAT bad (plus HM Forces paid good money to teach me how to write one!)

    Get drafting.

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    Technical Skills - Flexible and Assertive, work on own initiative

    Overall Responsibilities includes "Using Logmein to log into Customer’s Computer"

    You meant "competent in remote desktop management" I'm sure!!

    Sorry my friend. Re-write that CV!

    Don't rip up the one you've got, it has some useful info on it to which you can refer, but it is pretty awful (far too 'busy') and more importantly, very uninteresting.

    Good luck.

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    OMG! No one helped to to wite one really. Im more used to "RESUME" not CV. Ill rewrite right now.

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    Stick with it, something will come up. I've been out of work for over 18 months and I still have hope, make getting a job your full-time job. Set yourself some targets, try part-time or voluntary work.
    I'm sure you'll have much more success than me.

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    Ill try but I hope something comes up sooner or later.

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    think i would struggle to go from running my own business to the rigid structure of working in a college

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillskill View Post
    think i would struggle to go from running my own business to the rigid structure of working in a college
    I think you have to be a lot more disciplined running your own business.

    Although structured, working in our College is actually quite a 'flexible' experience.

    Someone else is making the decisions, taking the responsibility, but listening to your input - at least, they do here.

    I'm a bit fortunate in that our structure allows me quite a bit of control over my own area, so whilst SLT are making the critical decisions, day to day running of the area is down to me, and I still have a Line Manager to approach when there is something on which I can't make a decision.

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    The thing is guys, back home I was a field technician so I had to multitask. My job role was:
    • Cabling
    • Printer Repairing (Laser + Dot Matrix)
    • Consultancy
    • Macintosh Technican
    • PC Technician including Server
    • Basic Linux Administration


    So with all of these knowledge its hard to write a cv. And back in Jamaica my past employers used me to make money. They brain-washed me of not getting a certification. I wanted to migrate to the UK and they told me that its best to be certified in the UK and not in Jamaica. Was that true? I was being paid $50K per month (thats £500) LOL. I was the only technician that would do any work at any given time and could complete it in a timely professional manner. So without any form of qualification here in the UK, I dont stand a chance with other qualified UK peeps. With all the experience....I cant prove it.
    Last edited by IT_Master; 4th March 2009 at 10:21 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IT_Master View Post

    So with all of these knowledge its hard to write a cv.
    No it's not. It's much harder to write a CV when you have no experience or knowledge.

    You have plenty of experience, so tailor your CV to the job for which you are applying.

    Don't have a "one fits all" CV.

    The CV is to get you an interview, not to get you a job.

    I have no industry recognised qualifications, but a wealth of experience. I do have a defunct City & Guilds certificate in IT, but it's not something I've ever pressed with an employer.

    You do not need qualifications to get a job, of course they help, but they are not essential if you can get by on your own merits.

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    You are perfectly right. Ill tailor my cv to meet different job roles and see the outcome of it. May take awhile but ill do it.

    Thanks again!

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