If you’ve done any searching on any of the computer job boards such as dice or computerjobs.com you might be wondering how do I get my first job. Most jobs, even the entry-level positions require two years of experience.
So, how do you get your first job?
Well, the easiest way is to actually move into an entry level position in a company you already work for. Often times if you can make an internal move within a company they are more forgiving of any lack of experience. They will take into evaluation how you are as an employee and try to project that into what you’re likely to be like in a computer job.
However, if you can’t find work within your own company you’re forced to be more creative. Are there any non-profits or organizations that you can work with to get some experience? For example, perhaps you could put together the website for your church? Or install some computers for your neighborhood YMCA.
Usually within your circle of friends and contacts there are at least a few people who could use your skills. Perhaps you ask your parents or any friends you have for leads of any companies that they can get you in contact with the owners.
If however you’re not able to get any relevant experience, then you might want to look at getting some certifications. For example if you want to get into the hardware side of the business, in just a few short months you should be able to get your A+ certification.
If you’re looking for a programming position, you can start off by building example websites, and web applications. With Microsoft Studio 2005 Express, you can build robust web applications that you can demonstrate for any prospective employers.
And finally you’ll probably have to depend on your interview skills to secure you a position. Maybe the recruiters first instinct is not to give you a shot, but if you’re able to convince them that you are a bright, self-motivated, quick learner you’ll have a much better chance of getting a job than some of your competition.
The field is still wide open, and there is plenty of opportunity for all. If you just apply yourself many recruiters will be willing to look past the weak resume to see your potential, after all even Bill Gates started somewhere.