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How to get your first job in the Computer industry after college.

Great tips how people get their first break in the computer industry right out of college and afterwards.

If you are a Computer Science or similar major, an internship will help immensely. Look for jobs in the I.T. department at your university. Student work can be a door opener.

There are different ways to get your foot in the door. First try to get a job through a temp agency. Then while in that job, try to make friends with anyone and everyone there. Then later use these friends as your network of people to tap for your next job. Most companies offer employees bonuses for referrals, so the person referring you for a job will be benefitting too.

When your "professional friends" move on to other companies, make sure you stay in touch with them. Jobs open up all the time, but be quick to apply because they won't last forever.

You can also use social media sites like LinkedIn can be a good way to build a network and get to know people in the industry.

Getting a job is the best way to get real skills. So just get out there. Get your application in everywhere, interview tons of times. You will eventually get someone to hire you. You will struggle but you will also learn the role and get the real life experience.

Start freelancing while in college. There are plenty of PHP gigs on craigslist. Check for these jobs in big cities all over US, not just your town, since you can work remotely.

Show that you want to learn. Put on your resume that you've setup home servers and written apps to X or Y. Yes it sounds stupid but it works. People hiring for entry level jobs wants people that want to learn.

Sometimes a degree from college is not needed to be successful in the IT industry. Depending on what you want to do, a certification like A+ gives you basic IT work and not so much programming or networking. Don't bother with your A+. Everyone has one and they need to be kept up to date. and honestly, knowing how many pins are in a DVI port is pretty worthless.

If your still in college, get out. you don't need a degree. Most people in the field don't have their degree and got to where they are through networking and having tons of experience. Use the time you would have spent in college actually working and gathering the experience you need. Employers want to know that you have managed, for example 100+ users. Not just read about user management in a book that is probably out dated or will be next year.

So, find a job. It will most likely be a low paying or unpaid internship. Do it, do it well and make sure everyone and anyone likes you. You don't have to be a prodigy, the only issue you may encounter are stupid printer problems, but if you do it with a smile and friendly face everyone will hail you as a genius who knows his stuff.

When you are actually trying to get hired, don't lie about what you know. They don't expect you to be a master at everything you list, but if you've worked with something, even just once, they will take that. Employers know you'll need a few months to get acquainted with their systems, but as long as you have some sort of basic foundation in them they can work with that.

It does not hurt to look for jobs through adverts and Job agencies. But by the time someone advertises, it means they've exhausted all the other options for finding staff. More often than not, they just don't advertise.

A better way to do it is to identify about a dozen companies in your area with an IT department consisting of more than two people. Find out who to write to, preferably by name, maybe the IT manager, and contact them directly asking if they have any entry-level openings. Your initial contact should be brief, personal, written specifically for the employer. Do not send a standard letter or email to everyone. These will not get you anywhere. Mention something about the company that interests you and include a CV or resume.

Then you'll need to do some research about the company in case the contact responds and want to talk to you about what interests you in their company.

This initial contact will, hopefully, get you an interview. Nothing more, nothing less. Don't stop until your interviews have become firm job offers.

This will take a while, and it's thankless work. Don't be too disappointed if your entry-level opening is working the helpdesk. It's not what you trained for, but we all have to start somewhere, and many of us have a couple of months on the help desk under our belt. Chances are your employer isn't putting you there permanently, they're putting you somewhere where the damage you can do is limited so as to get a feel for how well you fit in with the business. I would, however, advise caution if it's a tiny IT department - there won't be much scope for you to move on from the helpdesk.


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