Archive for the “work” Category

    A+ Certification

    Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
    I’m now looking at doing an A+ Certification exam. Its basically an extra qualification (which seems to b every important in the States) to prove I can do tech support. Hopefully it will help in getting me an interview. I’ve found a couple of sites with info for the test and people seem to be recommending a book by Michael Meyers called A+ Certification All-In-One Exam Guide, so I went to the library to pick up a copy. Amazon has the 6th edition available next month but I wanted to get started now so I thought I’d borrow the current copy instead. It wasn’t until I got home that I realised it was a little out of date, the local library only had the 2nd edition.

    I’m now learning about the latest Windows 95 and DOS technology, and about how PCs are nearing 1 ghz in speed and have between 8-64 mb of RAM. I’m expecting a picture of Paul’s BBC Master to appear every time I turn the page.


    Saturday, October 14th, 2006

    Things are finally starting to pick up on the job front. I went for an interview at a temp agency who were amazed at the scores I got on the Excel and Word tests that involved copying, pasting, creating graphs and mail merging. Maybe they normally only get people who call help desks when they mouse doesn’t work because they haven’t turned on the PC. Anyway, they seem to think they can find me some temp work and I had two interviews for a permanent IT Tech position so hopefully something will come from it all in the next few weeks.

    Trip to the doctor’s

    Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

    I had my first job interview the other day, was invited back for a 2nd interview but it was selling insurance benefits to companies which isn’t really me but at least its a start in meeting employers.

    I made my first visit to an American doctor today, it was a lot easier than the NHS! Brenda has health insurance through her job so I went along and had to pay the $10 fee to see a doctor. In 35 minutes I saw the triage nurse, had a few x-rays on my knee and saw a doctor and left. I hurt my knee a year ago throwing a ball and I agitated it playing tennis the other day – it seems I sprained my medial collateral ligament. Got to rest it for a couple of weeks and if its not better go back for an MRI to see how badly the ligament was stretched.

    The ibuprofen is starting to kick in now so its not so bad. The most annoying thing was that I had finally got back into exercising regularly!

    Job fairs

    Thursday, May 25th, 2006

    The job fairs were a little disappointing. The first one I went to was mainly manual labour – building work and driving trains and I don’t think I could cope with getting my hands dirty. Still, I found a couple of companies recruiting for IT so I handed out some resumés. The second one looked like it would be better but in fact the first room (I thought out of three rooms) was the only room and I only got rid of one resumé. Pretty much the best thing I got from that one was a pen that lights up and I had to feign interest in a job in the railroads to get that.

    I think there is a bigger fair coming up in a couple of weeks, people have been looking at the resumé on Monster but for now I think its back to looking through company websites.

    Busy Times

    Sunday, May 21st, 2006

    It’s been a while but I’ve been pretty busy during the last few weeks. Charlie popped over for a visit after his business trip to Florida and became the first passenger in my car when I picked it up. I’ve been driving all over the place, I’ve taken it out to LA a few times and we went to Vegas for a weekend where a fine time was had by all. I now have my advance parole, which means that if I leave the country I will be allowed back in and my permanent residency application has been forwarded to California to speed up the process, but they still say it will be about 270-300 days. Still I can do pretty much everything now that I will be able to do once I’m a permanent resident with a green card.

    The search for a job has started and I’m going to a careers fair on Tuesday to see what’s around, hopefully there will be plenty of IT companies wanting to hire mid-July, the day after the World Cup final would be great.

    Congratulations Brenda!

    Friday, September 30th, 2005

    No, its not a new child. Brenda was successful in her application for a new job in her office at university. She currently works there as a student assistant, which means filing and running stuff around but a position opened up recently which Brenda and a few others applied for and she starts on Monday. I think the title is something like Supervision Office Administrator so she is more involved in the actual business of the office (which is getting teaching students through their teaching experiences). It also means double the wage she was on so we can afford an appartment before I start working.

    I also now have my first credit card so I can start building a credit score, which is used for all kinds of things like how much you have to pay to insure a car. My driver’s license has expired so I can’t drive a car any more but things are starting to come together.