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- April 22, 2012 at 7:56 am #32927
Hello, My name is Alex and I’m currently living in Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex. I am 18 years old turning 19 in this may and I’m completely stuck on Jobseekers Allowance and they just can’t, or won’t, help me.
I didn’t sit my GCSEs and have no work experience as a result not even the local Tesco will employ me (I have sent 5 application forms in the last 6 months) The people at the jobcentre simply send me off to someone else over and over and there is very little communication between these people making it very hard to get my point across, no one will employ me, I have been looking for a job since the day I turned 18 and haven’t even gotten a interview yet, 9 times out of 10 the employer won’t even respond to my application, I’m simply ignored. My local colleges don’t have any courses I can go on without GCSEs that are free and I can’t afford to feed myself let alone pay for a course I really don’t need, you see I’m not stupid I just didn’t sit my GCSEs due to the school suspending me then ignoring my phone calls on the matter and referring me to “Connexions” who again pretty much ignored me.
Everyone assumes I’m an idiot because I don’t have qualifications, they assumed I failed them, I just didn’t sit them. Does anyone here have any advice on where to go? who to talk to? what can I do to find a job?
I have knowledge of Microsoft operating systems and Office software.
I have knowledge Computer components and their roles, I can build a computer from its component pieces, diagnose and repair/replace both hardware and software faults despite being somewhat unpracticed.
I have knowledge of social networking sites and how to use them to a companies advantage.
I’m literate and numerate.
Ideally I want a job in IT but right now I’ll take anything that pays.
Please, someone help me, any advice?May 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm #35561
Alex, I am sorry to hear your plight.
We run a professional social networking website zoomspec.com (UK based). One of its aims is to connect job seekers with small businesses and in particular new start-ups.
The Government are encouraging new start-ups, but it takes a long time to develop and grow a business. If this process could be speeded up, then it would lead more quickly to new job creation. If they could draw on people like you (maybe offering your services for free or for a small fee initially) then you gain work experience in the industry you are wanting to work in (IT) and the business can grow much faster. Because you have built a rapport with these small business owners, they are more likely to hire you (if you did a good job for them) than go through the normal recruitment process.
Your knowledge and skills are ideal for Virtual Assistant roles – as a Virtual Assistant, you can offer all your services on a remote basis. Maybe doing internet marketing, social media marketing etc.
There is more than one way to skin a cat, and just because you don’t have formal qualifications in IT, it doesn’t mean you can’t demonstrate your skills. I have met people with IT qualifications coming out their ears, and people with none who can run rings around the ‘qualified ones’. There are lots of things you can do:
Firstly, join us and create an online profile (its completely free). If you have access to a video camera or a mobile phone with video recorder, create a couple of video presentations (they don’t have to be works of art) maybe some ‘how to’s’ to demonstrate some of the skills you have just mentioned. For example, how to install a new hard drive, how to use Facebook for promoting a business and so on – not the best examples but hopefully you get my drift.
Upload these videos to both Youtube, to your zoomspec profile and other appropriate social networks. Create a Blog (either your own or one on zoomspec). Write about IT, the internet, useful websites, social media or whatever interests you (that relates to the work you ultimately want). Participate in the forums and help people out with technical questions.
What all of this does, is it creates a professional online presence that showcases your knowledge and skills – possibly more than a list of qualifications on a hard copy CV can. It shows you practically applying what you know, and presents a more rounded picture of who you are. Employers can see your forum contributions, read your Blog, and see you in action on video or pictures.
As you have these IT skills, have you ever considered setting up an online business?
Good luck with your job search and come join us as sure your skills would benefit some of our membersAugust 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm #35562
What great advice above! If it would help I will write you a cover letter, just drop me a PM if you want this.September 13, 2012 at 10:05 am #35563
I’m sorry to hear your frustrations about finding a job. The suggestions on Zoomspec’s post are great but I would advise you to keep your options open and look at a number of avenue, including self-employment, paid jobs, volunteering and freelance work.
The first thing to do is really take a hard look at your CV and cover letter. I think there are some samples on this website but, like Loztiggy, I’d be happy to take a look at them for you. (I have 17 years of experience in HR.) Unfortunately, there are many young people in the same boat as you these days and you need to do everything you can to stand out and be noticed.
If you want to get into IT but have no experience, I’d advise that you include on your CV examples of where you have used your IT skills. Have you repaired the PCs of friends and family? That’s valuable information to include. If you have written blogs on IT topics, give details of the links in your applications. If you haven’t, why not write them now?
I’m sure you won’t want to get into a trap of unpaid work but a short period of assisting a small business in your area on that basis will get you more experience for your CV and a work referee, which could make the difference.
Good luck.November 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm #35564
You wont be completely unemployable, someone will take you on. If you can follow the advise on the thread you will find something, get someone to look at your CV and get a decent cover letter written, and i’m sure it wont be long before you find a job
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