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    What do you make of this? - Career opportunity question.

    I've been job hunting for a while, last night I registered with reed.co.uk, uploaded my CV and applied for a few jobs. I had two voicemails a few hours later from two different people, both asking me to contact them for employment opportunities, one of which I have yet to contact.

    The e-mail I recieved from the person who I did contact sent me this e-mail:

    Dear Mr. X

    Thank you for speaking with me today.

    Please accept this email as confirmation of our meeting:

    Time: 10:00 AM
    Date: 04/06/2009
    Location: Please see below

    The contact details are listed at the end of this email.

    You are kindly requested to dress formally in traditional business attire as a number
    of Employers are at our offices on a daily basis seeking able and professional staff for
    their organisations.

    You will need to take notes and please arrive at least 5 minutes early to ensure
    everything runs smoothly.

    If for any unexpected reason you are unable to attend please inform me in advance
    as I will then be able to offer the time slot to other candidates.

    You are advised to visit our website before you attend. If you have any questions,
    prior to our meeting, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Briefing of our Meeting
    Our meeting will last approximately 20 30 minutes. During that time I will explain
    to you about our various organisations and our services. I will also advise you about
    the training that we provide; what would be expected of successful candidates; the
    job description; and we will then go onto discussing the employment opportunities
    that we have available for you.

    Please bring some form of I.D. with you as this may be required, you will need either
    a passport or driving/provisional license and also proof of address i.e. bank
    statement/utility bill. If you wish to talk to me before our meeting you may contact me
    on details below.

    I look forward to meeting with you in person.






    Best Regards,



    Stacey Dixon

    Assistant Manager



    Looking at their website they offer some sort of financial training. The other person who contacted me had an almost identical website but it offered I.T training.

    Just wanted to know what to expect from this, are these people likely to waste my time and tell me to join a training scheme of theirs?

    Just wanted your opinions, all help is greatly appreciated. Rep for all help.

    Zak.

    11 Comments

    sounds like a franchising opportunity.... you get a phone number? if so phone and ask.

    not too sure what to make of it...but if you dont have any other routes of employment you might as well put your all in, get the experience of the interview, keep looking for alternate oppertunities soeven if they are time wasters then you havent lost anything by giving it a try

    Wasting your time I'm afraid, they will try to hard sell you a training course......bit like a time-share meeting

    They will offer you eventual help in finding employment after you have been on courses which you pay for

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the replies guys. Yes I thought they may try to sell me a course, which leads to my next question. I'm in need of a job ASAP, almost anything will do, so from that standpoint is something like this worth taking up?

    A career in computing is something I've always wanted, I'm educated to a BTEC National Diploma in Computing, but I've never found a way to get my foot through the door. Should I waste my savings (which are very very limited) on something like this?

    Zak seriously have you ever considered a job in the forces? In the raf they are called data analysts but you can do aptitude tests to see what you are best qualified in.At least consider it.

    archer1204;5375465

    Zak seriously have you ever considered a job in the forces? In the raf … Zak seriously have you ever considered a job in the forces? In the raf they are called data analysts but you can do aptitude tests to see what you are best qualified in.At least consider it.



    Would be cool if you elaborate, have any direct links?

    Some of the courses these companies provide are ok - but dont be tempted... even if they do say "a job after 2 years." (my opinion)

    I've always stayed away, if you find a decent company to work for, show effort and determination they will pay for training etc as a part of career progression.

    First IT jobs are normally 1st line support / Call logging - start ground up.
    Finding a job through job agencies will be your Forte.
    You could also try applying for jobs direct to employers, council, nhs etc.
    theitjobboard.com is pretty good.

    cwjobs is a great place if you're I.T based / technically minded. Most of the jobs on there require quite a wealth of experience or qualifications though.

    Best advise i can give you is apply to every job you can, every agency you can. Send CVs to every company you can even if they aren't recruiting.. It's a go by the numbers sort of thing.

    spritey;5375705

    cwjobs is a great place if you're I.T based / technically minded. Most of … cwjobs is a great place if you're I.T based / technically minded. Most of the jobs on there require quite a wealth of experience or qualifications though.Best advise i can give you is apply to every job you can, every agency you can. Send CVs to every company you can even if they aren't recruiting.. It's a go by the numbers sort of thing.



    I have found Jobserve to be the best, but also use cwjobs, purelyit, total jobs etc. The problem is you send your CV to various agencies, and then somebody who knows little or nothing about IT, is deciding whether you are suitable for the job. Their only concern is what commission they are making out of it

    How old are you?

    Edit - if you're under 20, then I know of places that offer free IT training to MCDST & A+ level on a 5 month intensive programme.

    5nowman;5375697

    Would be cool if you elaborate, have any direct links?Some of the courses … Would be cool if you elaborate, have any direct links?Some of the courses these companies provide are ok - but dont be tempted... even if they do say "a job after 2 years." (my opinion)I've always stayed away, if you find a decent company to work for, show effort and determination they will pay for training etc as a part of career progression.First IT jobs are normally 1st line support / Call logging - start ground up.Finding a job through job agencies will be your Forte.You could also try applying for jobs direct to employers, council, nhs etc.http://www.theitjobboard.com is pretty good.



    Yes, 1st Line Support are normally the first IT jobs . However most jobs you will see advertised want MCP's MCSA etc. I have yet to see a 1st line support job asking for BTEC National Diploma in Computing. It is not easy at present I am a CCNA and will soon be a MCSA as well, my last contract ended last December. All vacancies get a lot of applications and there are a lot of people out there trying to "blag" their way in. Most businesses are still using XP Pro and Server 2003. Recently I have noticed some positions (But not many) asking for Server 2008 and Vista
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