I just received my associates in IT, but I need some experience to start working in the field. Is there any staffing agencies or free programs that can help me get hands on experience?
Any good school helps those who want help be placed in a job before they leave school. It sounds as though you are now left with the hard work of selling yourself in your profession. As one gentleman said get your bachelor's degree. So many companies today want to know your serious about the profession you chose. You can list yourself on all the career sites you want but its a crap shoot. I get headhunters calling me all the time trying to sell me on they can guarantee me a job. They can't and they get mad at you if you don't get the job. Employers either like you or they don't. You have no control over who else applies for the same job. So have confidence in yourself and your ability to do the job. That will get you a job. Don't be afraid of pounding the pavement and checking out smaller companies. Best of luck to you.
I hear there are jobs out there, and I see job postings, but I am becoming discouraged. I have great experience with great references but it would seem that hiring is broken as it is all online with very little face to face interviews. I am staring to believe that there are not that many jobs out there for IT folks.
I have only succeeded in every job I have had and exceeded expectations but this firewall between those seeking jobs and those offering jobs seems to be the issue. Employers are not taking a risk and instead seem to be willing to field 100's of resumes in the hope that one sticks out as the one to hire. Not sure of the answer, but I do know the hiring process is broken. I have placed my resume on all the job search boards, I have gone in person to staffing agencies and still no luck. I am an IT Manager with specialties in database, EHR/EMR software, and graphics. I learn quickly and am a great team player. No bachelors and that is the dead end, that and I have earned too high a salary, $50K, to be placed anywhere, or to even get an interview. The Bachelors is the new HS diploma someone told me and in IT it should not be the case. The landscape changes too quickly and well we know that learning in the IT field is an ongoing practice.
Good luck, I am usually more optimistic than this, just caught me in a mood this morning. I would hire you in a second as I only ask that people are willing to learn and have a zest for IT.
Sign up on Virtual Vocations or outsource.com and then start biding on remote jobs. of course you will have to have a lap top to do this
Sign up on VirtualVocations.com or Outsource.com and start biding on projects. This is remote work so of course you will have to have a laptop that you can install software on. After that maybe you can find an established company. Of course put your resume on Dice, Monster, etc...
Where are you based out of?
Sign up with Indeed, Monster, Dice and CyberCoders. Then set up email alerts through those sites to help you find entry level IT positions. I also think it's a good idea set up a separate email account just for job search so your personal email doesn't get cluttered with alerts and inquiries. Good luck!
You really need real world experience though so my suggestion is take contract work for a couple years through outsource or a temp service because no company has the same network needs, but all companies are built on a standard backbone. Router/ switch / server / workstation so on and so on
While working contracts get your Microsoft, Cisco and what ever other certifications you can
For the last 18 years I have owned my own Technology company IT Services, Telecommunications, Audio and Video, Automation and Security
I don"t know where you are but my advice is stay away from the agencies and. concentrate more on directly contacting the company. You can emroll with Monster.com. and Indeed.com and sift thru the emails they send you that should pertai n to your specific interest. PWC is an. awesome company to work for and they train.
trya temp agency that deals with your schooling. often place may hire you if they are satisfied withyour work and abilities. make sure you learn new skills from each job.