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Topic # 222725 25-Aug-2017 15:06
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I've been working as an IT Support analyst for over 15 years. After one year break, I decided to work as a freelancer, not only doing computer repairs but building websites as well.

 

I like the freedom to manage my time, but working from home can be very lonely. Sometimes it looks like a roller-coaster ride, you know, with ups and downs. Dealing with small business and home users is easy, but they don't have lots of money to invest in IT or websites.

 

I'm trying to return to the IT support/help desk workforce, but for the first time in my life, it's been a real challenge to get a job, and I don't know why. I have great work experience and a more mature perspective. Plus a lot of energy and enthusiasm about returning to the IT industry.

 

It's quite frustrating when I see a job ad that I know that I could perform very well, and I know I could add value to that company and their clients, but I'm not even getting shortlisted for interviews. More about me and my skills:

 

I'm 37 years old. I live in Christchurch.

 

Linux support analyst for over 5 years - So, a command line prompt doesn't scare me haha.

 

Certification - CCT RT certification (Cisco Certified Technican Routing and Switching - expired since last February, but you got the idea, I have networking skills).

 

DNS, hosting, email services, Windows platforms, great customer service. I am a friendly guy. Check it out my introduction topic.

 

English isn't my first language, but my partner, NZ family, friends, and current clients are Kiwis, and I have no communication problems at all.

 

How can I convince prospective employers that I am not technologically obsolete?

 

What do you guys reckon? Should I focus on a particular trend? Certifications? I'm always studying and learning something new. Recently I was watching videos about 'Windows 10: Manage and Maintain' and the current one is 'ITIL Foundations.', you know, just to keep those things fresh in my mind. I'd appreciate your insights. [end of the blog /]

 

Edit: deleting a doubled content line.


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  Reply # 1852791 25-Aug-2017 19:22
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Oh I thought this thread was about finding the enthusiasm to go back to work. I've been struggling with that aspect since forever...




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  Reply # 1852794 25-Aug-2017 19:25
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cadman: Oh I thought this thread was about finding the enthusiasm to go back to work. I've been struggling with that aspect since forever...

 

Same. I find it no problem, as its Friday, but give it 48 hours....


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1852898 26-Aug-2017 09:37
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Did you previously work in Christchurch?

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  Reply # 1852904 26-Aug-2017 10:01
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kickintheeye:

 

I've been working as an IT Support analyst for over 15 years. After one year break, I decided to work as a freelancer, not only doing computer repairs but building websites as well.

 

I like the freedom to manage my time, but working from home can be very lonely. Sometimes it looks like a roller-coaster ride, you know, with ups and downs. Dealing with small business and home users is easy, but they don't have lots of money to invest in IT or websites.

 

I'm trying to return to the IT support/help desk workforce, but for the first time in my life, it's been a real challenge to get a job, and I don't know why. I have great work experience and a more mature perspective. Plus a lot of energy and enthusiasm about returning to the IT industry.

 

It's quite frustrating when I see a job ad that I know that I could perform very well, and I know I could add value to that company and their clients, but I'm not even getting shortlisted for interviews. More about me and my skills:

 

I'm 37 years old. I live in Christchurch.

 

Linux support analyst for over 5 years - So, a command line prompt doesn't scare me haha.

 

Certification - CCT RT certification (Cisco Certified Technican Routing and Switching - expired since last February, but you got the idea, I have networking skills).

 

DNS, hosting, email services, Windows platforms, great customer service. I am a friendly guy. Check it out my introduction topic.

 

English isn't my first language, but my partner, NZ family, friends, and current clients are Kiwis, and I have no communication problems at all.

 

How can I convince prospective employers that I am not technologically obsolete?

 

What do you guys reckon? Should I focus on a particular trend? Certifications? I'm always studying and learning something new. Recently I was watching videos about 'Windows 10: Manage and Maintain' and the current one is 'ITIL Foundations.', you know, just to keep those things fresh in my mind. I'd appreciate your insights. [end of the blog /]

 

Edit: deleting a doubled content line.

 

 

Aren't you are starting to get a bit old to still be in technical?

 

The thing with IT, once you get older the younger guys move in and take those jobs. 

 

This is an issue with IT, older workers get dropped more quickly than traditional professions such as accounting / law etc. 

 

 




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  Reply # 1853040 26-Aug-2017 17:42
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gzt: Did you previously work in Christchurch?

 

Yep. I'm working as a freelancer for over two years.




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  Reply # 1853043 26-Aug-2017 17:51
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surfisup1000:

 

 

 

Aren't you are starting to get a bit old to still be in technical?

 

The thing with IT, once you get older the younger guys move in and take those jobs. 

 

This is an issue with IT, older workers get dropped more quickly than traditional professions such as accounting / law etc.  

 

 

Well, I'm not exactly a football player. So, age shouldn't be a problem. lol


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  Reply # 1853044 26-Aug-2017 17:59
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 I think you are aiming too low. Support/helpdesk jobs sound beneath you, and as someone said above, are more for younger people starting out. You probably should be looking at more management roles, which should also pay better. But some people don't like the responsibility of having staff to manage.


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  Reply # 1853045 26-Aug-2017 18:08
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Damn you reminded me that I am back at work on Monday after a little over a 2wk break.





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