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Old 02-02-2005, 04:35 AM   #1
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I have been using Linux mainly Redhat/Fedora flavours for a few years now. I did RHCT a couple of months ago and taking RHCE in a few weeks. I'm wondering, how/which is the best way to get a foot in the door? The positions that I have seen advertised all require at least 2 years experience? However, you can't get experience 'til you get a job! Can anyone give me the benefit of their experience on how best to approach this problem!? Many thanks in advance.
 
Old 02-02-2005, 04:27 PM   #2
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"The positions that I have seen advertised all require at least 2 years experience? However, you can't get experience 'til you get a job!"

Do you work at a company that has an IT department? Your best chance of getting a job for which you have no experience to show is with your current employer. If your employer has an IT department you should go talk to the managers in IT even if they are not currently advertising any openings.

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Old 02-03-2005, 03:21 AM   #3
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I'm employed in the NHS and we do have a large IT Dept, however, NHS has done a deal with MS and subsequently all of our Novell servers are currently being migrated to Windows2003 and email from Groupwise to Outloook. I'll give it a go though, nothing ventured - nothing gained.
 
Old 03-04-2005, 01:45 AM   #4
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Through friends in the industry

look at advertised graduate positions (usually want fresh degrees but ... foot in the door level)

Include work you do at home for fun. Had a linux box at home for 3 years that you have secured, patched, installed, modified, tweaked blah blah blah. Just don't originally list it as at home work and you may get in for an interview etc which at that time it is anyones game.

might also mean swallowing the pride and starting low my 1st job in IT was for a low wage documenting some perl scripts and improving them where I could (fixing logic a lot) and at that stage I didn't know perl
 
  


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