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Topic # 196168 21-May-2016 15:56
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Hello Everyone !

 

I'm looking for job in IT field. I did Bachelors in Computer Applications from India and Post Graduate Diploma in Computing from Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland. I started my IT career by joining India's second largest broadband company as Certified Broadband install Technician and later was promoted to Supervisor role. Afterwards I joined India's biggest Two wheeler company for Help desk role providing Level 1-3 Support for their Head office with 500+ on-site users.

 

After completing both contract based roles I was hired as Technical support person for Uk based company and provided support to International clients mostly UK or Europe based. Soon I realised to further continue my education I moved to NZ for higher studies and completed PG Dip in Computing (Level 8).

 

I'm looking for IT Help Desk, Desktop Support, Desktop Analyst or Technical Support related roles. I'm very hardworking and most important very fast learner! I you have any such role or you can refer me to one I would be very grateful to you. I'm currently on work visa valid till mid next year.

I'm daily active on Seek, Trade me and other job portals. I have attended few sessions with NZ careers department and unitec's career department for help with my CV and interview skills. So far the most positive thing for me is that I have been in few Personal Interviews for some big companies or been in final five candidates you can say. I would love to hear any tips etc which will help me in finding job here in NZ.


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  Reply # 1556932 21-May-2016 18:26
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Definitely try and get a foot in the door at a large organisation, ISP help desks are a classic entry point for an IT career, and generally don't seem to mind hiring foreigners as long as your accent isn't too harsh.

 

Practise your English grammar. I totally appreciate it's a second language, and your English is far better than my Hindi, but NZ tends to be quite racist to foreigners who don't have perfect English. That applies even more for spoken English as communications skills are vital in the sort of positions you have listed. NZ consumers often have a problem with hearing foreign accents when reaching call centres. 

 

If you don't already, you may want to contemplate adopting an Anglicized name, because plenty of hiring mangers in NZ will discriminate against "foreigners". 

 

Find IT related groups relevant to your interests, and meet up with people to network. Windows Users Groups, Linux User Groups, InfoSec Information Groups, etc all have regular meetings in the major cities.

 

Good luck!

 

 





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  Reply # 1556984 21-May-2016 20:47
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Lias:

 

Definitely try and get a foot in the door at a large organisation, ISP help desks are a classic entry point for an IT career, and generally don't seem to mind hiring foreigners as long as your accent isn't too harsh.

 

Practise your English grammar. I totally appreciate it's a second language, and your English is far better than my Hindi, but NZ tends to be quite racist to foreigners who don't have perfect English. That applies even more for spoken English as communications skills are vital in the sort of positions you have listed. NZ consumers often have a problem with hearing foreign accents when reaching call centres. 

 

If you don't already, you may want to contemplate adopting an Anglicized name, because plenty of hiring mangers in NZ will discriminate against "foreigners". 

 

Find IT related groups relevant to your interests, and meet up with people to network. Windows Users Groups, Linux User Groups, InfoSec Information Groups, etc all have regular meetings in the major cities.

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

Hey ! Thanks for your reply :) Well I forgot to mentioned that I worked as customer service representative part time during my studies and that helped a lot to enhance my communication skills. I can say my command over language and accent is acceptable for such roles.

YES! I have heard this before about the 'Anglicized name" but I guess that would only help in shortlisting my application as if He/she is into discrimination same thing can happen in Personal Interview thing. 

Yes I'm following some groups over Facebook, Regularly interacting with people on LinkedIN and now here on geekzone as well.

 

Thanks you for your reply and suggestions :) 

 

P.S Mine Hindi isn't good as well.


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  Reply # 1605582 6-Aug-2016 18:22
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Please be aware they're a lot of scammers in New Zealand from India.

They take advantage mostly of their fellow Indians.

Google the following: "avoid employment scams" and take their advice.

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  Reply # 1605586 6-Aug-2016 18:28
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One thing you may find useful is consider doing an accent neutralization course. IT is a field full of Jargon and complicated concepts. Even people with perfect English find their clients eyes glaze over pretty quickly, so add an accent into that making the concepts even harder to grasp, and you end up in a difficult situation.


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