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#90689 27-Sep-2011 21:32
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Hi all

I am currently working at a Telcommunications in a customer support role from Monday to Friday and I am studying this also which finishes in December
I have worked for my current company for a bit over 5 years. I have one MS cert in Windows 7 and intend to complete mcitp also
I intend to take 2 weeks off in late jan , early feb and submit my CV to lots of companys within the 2 weeks and hopefully get some interviews in those weeks , is this a good way to go about it? as in my current role its not easy to get leave on short notice
I am looking at a Helpdesk / System admin or Network admin role

Thanks for your help

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  #526512 27-Sep-2011 22:06
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Sounds like a good plan, you seem to have it all fairly well worked out :)


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  #526526 27-Sep-2011 22:20
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My advice would be not to expect to get offered a Systems Admin role straight away. Be prepared to earn it by working your way up the ladder.

Hard work and willingness to take on new challenges will help you no end!

Good luck with your job hunting!

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  #526542 27-Sep-2011 22:58
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I would advise you to make sure your spelling and grammar is correct on your application.

For some of us employers, these are things that show you care about the quality of your work and presentation.

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  #526618 28-Sep-2011 09:18
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You need to work on your written communication. Sometimes people are less careful on forums than on official documents, but still, take care.

Jan isn't a good time to look for work in some parts of IT. Jan in Wellington is a ghost town in IT places.

Sometimes when you apply for a job the interview is in a few days, sometimes it's in 2-4 weeks. It's hard to predict.

I'm not sure why you need to take two weeks off to do this.


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  #526634 28-Sep-2011 09:58
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Ive taken this approach a few times - take 2 weeks leave to look for another job.
It usually works quite well... Jan and Feb is a bit quiet however so you may or may not have any luck, If you can arrange a few interviews to fall in this period before you go on leave then that will help to get the ball rolling.

Start now by setting up email alerts on Seek, TradeMe Jobs etc and you may be lucky to get a new job on this side of Xmas?

There's quite a few recruitment agencies that specialise in IT as well - getting your CVs to them will reveal a lot of opportunities also...

Good luck!

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  #526638 28-Sep-2011 10:07
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I agree that January is a bit of a dead time recruitment-wise and then starts to pick up again in February, and I wouldn't wait until your two weeks off begins before sending CV's out - send them out in the two weeks before your break.  Recruitment is often a slow process, typically: receive a bunch of CVs, take a week to go through them, contact applicant/recruiter and arrange an interview. By time interview date happens, is arranged that might two weeks gone already.

Advice is probably not to wait until after Christmas really - there's also more applicants then as they've all been waiting over the Christmas break like you.  Start applying now, like previous poster said.  Employers also like to get the hiring out of the way before Christmas too! You can always accept an offer and agree to start after that company's Christmas break.  If you start getting accepted for interviews now, try arranging for two interviews on the same day, and take a days leave from your current job to go. Or just take half a day's leave for one interview, or ask for interview at 9am and just go to work late Wink.  Have you thought about asking in your current company for a role more suited to your new qualifications and ambitions, you might be pleasantly surprised.


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  #526683 28-Sep-2011 11:37
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Cool thanks for the info all , I plan to take 27th of Jan to the 10th of Feb
off and send out my CV in the weeks before. I have signed up to some
IT job alerts already but most of them seem to require many years
experience. I dont think its easy to get time off in my job with to short
notice .
Most of the stuff at my current company is CISCO stuff not MS so I am
not sure there is a role I can move into here plus I think it would be
good for a change.

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  #526696 28-Sep-2011 11:58
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I would advise you to make sure your spelling and grammar is correct on your application.

For some of us employers, these are things that show you care about the quality of your work and presentation.

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