Self-taught

My qualifications are NZQA level four in computing and a level two retail certificate. I have about two years' retail sales with a lot of self-taught knowledge of computers, ranging from DOS 6.22 to NT.

Dear What Am I Worth,

My qualifications are NZQA level four in computing and a level two retail certificate. I have about two years' retail sales with a lot of self-taught knowledge of computers, ranging from DOS 6.22 to NT. I have done no real paid work but I usually get called up from friends to fix their computers or the work of "qualified technicians".

Aucklander

Elan IT replies: You will probably find most success in applying for entry-level technical positions in which you are likely to attract a salary of $25,000 to $30,000. There is still a great deal of competition in this area, but not all employers look for qualifications in these roles, since they may offer training specific to their own requirements.

Even in applying for these positions, remember that your first introduction to a recruitment company or to a prospective employer is your CV. Regardless of spelling and grammatical errors in the advertisements for which you are submitting your application, it cuts no ice with the recipient if the CV is full of errors. A few years ago it was the accepted norm that technical people cared little for the aesthetics and were taken at face value. These days, you’ll find that the prospective employer will be more likely to consider a professionally presented CV.

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