This is my first post so please be gentle!
I need a little advice!
I am currently working as an ICT Technician part time at a secondary school in South Glos/Bristol, I also work in a supermarket (At the same position for 8 and half years) to put me through education and make ends meet. I am also a Sole Trader working as an external ICT consultant to the science consultancy group Marquis & Lord, which is very irregular workwise.
I am 25 years old; I have an ICT degree 2nd class with hons (Which I acheived last September) and various related qualifications (HND in computing, ND in Music Technology).
My Technicians job is only temporary and I am halfway into a 6 month contract. I have been told there is no chance of going permanent, this is not my fault in anyway but that there just is no funding available to keep me on. I genuinely enjoy the job,I have plenty of initiative and the pupils like and respect me and vice versa.
I have applied to various jobs on my managers and fellow office buddies insistence to help me get something more stable before the contract runs out! I am very determined to stay in an ICT Technicians role within a school as I really enjoy it and hope to become a Network Manager one day.
Considering my 3 months of experience in an ICT roll, will I still be looking for a junior position or should I consider senior positions as well? Unfortunately I am still far off the magical "2 Years of experience" requirement that most jobs require.
Reason I ask is that I have applied for at least 4 ICT Technician positions (In schools) that are very close by to where I live. The job description basically describes what I do in my current position already, but in a full time capacity. I have a decent CV and my applications have been checked over by my manager and he sees no problem in them and that he would be surprised if I didn’t at least get an interview considering...
1) I already have experience working in a school.
2) I have already passed the CRB enhanced check.
3) I have more than enough qualification wise.
4) I have shown in my supermarket job that I am very loyal to my employers. (8 1/2 years in the same position)
5) I would get a glowing reference.
However I haven’t even been asked in for an interview and according to my manager no one has contacted him for a reference, even though in theory I should be perfect for the job.
What do you think I may be doing wrong? Is there anything you can suggest to help me? Is my small amount of experience hurting me in this case? (Even though some positions don’t require previous experience).
Could it be my degree that is putting employers off? I may be slightly overqualified for the job! However I feel this is the career I want to take and the relatively low wages is not a put off for me.
The one thing that I know could work against me is that I did get cautioned for Minor Theft when I was 17 years old and only shows up on the enhanced CRB, I admit this on the criminal disclosure sections in applications.
Thanks for reading this post :)