Words of Wisdom

My words of wisdom

If you first don’t succeeded keep on trying, the odds are that you will not get a job on just applying to one job. Send out as many resumes and fill out as many applications as you can. The worst case scenario is that you will have a difficult decision to pick the best job for you. Also network, check out different sites many sites will have different jobs. Pick something that is give you experience this will make you more marketable in the future. Keep shooting your shot and don’t get discouraged or ever give up.

The Start of my Job Search

The job search process for a recent/soon to be graduate can seem a little daunting. Finding a a starting place can get a little confusing. I hope my blog on my experience will help a little.

I first started my search by creating a LinkedIn profile, and then had to create a resume to add to the profile. There are a lot of sites out there to help create resumes. I found one that did cost some money. I did the 2 week trial for $2.99, if I didn’t cancel before the 2 weeks was up I’d have to pay $23.95. The site i used was https://www.myperfectresume.com/. I was able to create a few different resumes and cover letters that I downloaded and used to apply to multiple jobs.

I also created an account on USAJOBS.com where I used their in site resume builder to create a government resume. A government resume is a lot different then your standard resume. A government resume has more detail and will be much longer. The USA Jobs site will walk you through it.

Week 7 I DID IT

My final Update

I guess I did good in my second interview with PathPoint because they offered me the position. The position is IT tech which will give me great experience and allow me to eventually get into a Sysadmin position in a few years. Thanks for following my journey. I already got the max amount of blog points so I did this in-case you wanted to know the ending.

Week 3 still unemployed

Still no offers

Elon still hasn’t called me yet, or neither has RGNext but I did get contacted from the ByLight recruiter. This person was extremely helpful and gave me a few great pointers. Some of the pointers suggested to me are s follows the resume shouldn’t be some fancy design, the resumes shouldn’t have crazy fonts stick to the basics and also the resume shouldn’t be colored. The reason for these suggestion is that many companies have a program that researches the resumes and if the resume has any of the above items in it the program may just discard the resume.

So to ByLight

After the above suggestions, she wanted me to fix my resume and resubmit it to her so she could pass it on the Hiring director. I was then contacted by their Security Officer who sent me instruction and forms to fill out. The forms are to conduct a background check, this position is for a Help Desk Specialist position. The great part about this position is they will get me experience and also grant me Top Secret Security Clearance, so I’m am interested.

The security forms she needed me to send back were my basic information like history, social security, driver license number and other questions. The strange part about this process was she wanted me to zip and encrypt the files then send two emails. The 1st is the encrypted files and the other was the password to decrypt the file. I submitted both of them now I will wait and see again…..

Another Interesting Suggestion

When I was talking to the recruiter I made a comment about putting a suit on for an interview. She suggested that many companies would prefer if I didn’t show up to interviews in a suit and attend the interview in a more business casual attire.

Week 4 Feeling Rejected

No news is good news is not always true

The last few weeks I’ve had a few interviews, some phone some in person. I have reach back out to the companies and I could not get a hold of anyone that could provide me any update. I will take it as that I was not chosen to move on to the next stage of the interview process. I will remain hopeful that the process is slow due to the jobs being on the Space Force base. I guess I’ll continue applying for other positions I find on LinkedIn.

The cool Substitute

While I continue to look for a job where I can use my almost newly obtained degree, my wife suggested the idea of becoming a substitute teacher. To become a substitute teacher here in California you need a bachelors degree and need to take the CBEST test, along with a few other things like background checks etc. The CBEST test has 3 parts a reading, a writing and a math. They also cost $30 each to take.

Study No Thanks

The CBEST test has a first time pass rate of 69%, my wife tried to scare me into actually studying for it. Since I am actually spending money on the test you would think I’d study for it. Nope I just scheduled it and went for it, I took the Math portion 1st. I had 120 minutes to answer 50 questions. I then took the English part which was 50 questions in 100 minutes.Lastly I took the writing where I had to write 2 short essays. You need a total combined score of 123 to pass the test. I scored a 141 just think what i could of scored if I actually reviewed some of the material.

Week 5 Shooters Shoot

Just Keep on Keeping On

So the search continues I haven’t heard back from any of the companies I applied to.Kinda feel like after all that work I am back to square one. So since it feels like I am at square one I am going to treat it like I am at the beginning again. I searched LinkedIn for any new posting where I will meet the basic requirements. I found a company called PathPoint that is looking for a IT Technician. The requirements are a associate degree in computer science, technically i don’t have an associates but am 4 credits short of a bachelors so I applied.

For the Greater Good

One cool aspect about PathPoint is that its a non profit organization not only do I get a acquire IT experience if I get the position but I also am doing good for the community. PathPoint is a little bit outside the realm compared to many of the other companies I’ve applied to.But beggars can’t be choosers and if they are willing to take a shot on me I’d be willing to do my part back.

I Know People

Well technically I don’t know people but my wife has a friend. A person who my wife works withes husband, works for the government in a GS postilion. In case you missed my earlier blog talking about GS positions. The General Schedule (GS) is the predominant pay scale for federal employees, especially employees in professional, technical, administrative or clerical positions. Anyways he knows that I am going to graduate soon and his squadron is opening a few spots for new computer science graduates. You start off as a gs-7 and every year go up as follows gs-9,gs-11 and finally after 4 years a gs-12. This is an excellent opportunity and could be a chance of a life time so I sent my resume as fast as the packets will travel. Fingers are crossed.