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    Default Am I really not qualified for a Comcast Comtech 1?

    I figured didn't get the job with Comcast as a Comtech 1 when I went in for interview over summer and never heard back from them. The Comtech 1 is basically just going to houses and running wires in house and setting up cable/ internet service for clients in the house. In interview they said they would train you for 13 weeks no previous experience needed. It was $14/hr starting pay.

    A candidate they interviewed and hired was a lady in my town I know. She had no previous experience doing anything remotely similar to this. I talked to her about computers and networking in waiting room before they interviewed us and she said she has trouble with computers couldn't understand them. Didn't know much about TV's and not a clue about networking. No computer degree, no certs, no college, had not worked in the workforce for over 15 years.

    I have a computer degree, Microsoft certs, A+, N+, S+, 2 years previous experience in IT field.

    I just was baffled when I got rejection letter and they told me I didn't have the work history or skills to do the job, yet they hired that lady who had no college degree, certs, didn't seem to know a clue about computers or networking, and had not worked in over 15 years.

    Do I truly not have the previous experience or skills for this job? DID 1 Year doing php/ web development and this past year been working as a laptop technician.
    Just confused...
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    you gotta understand how the game is played.

    Employers want people that they can control. They want people with enough skill to get the job... but Not enough skill to get a better Job/offer tomorrow.

    You were Rejected because you were OVER qualified.

    They threw your resume in the trash as soon as they saw your MASTERS degree.
    You also had the Comptia trinity; aka OVER-achiever; Into the TRASH.


    Now had you submitted a resume/work history with:
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    i BET you would have gotten an offer.


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    Lmfao volfkhat!! Spot on!
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    That lady clearly had a medical coding certificate.

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    Over qualified for sure. I had a similar role years ago before certs and bachelors. It wasn't a good job and I had to quit before it affected my personal life. It's a step back from computer tech. Don't go down a rung or fall off the ladder only look to climb.

    You really need to realize that you are good enough to climb to the next rung. Focus on nothing else professionally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberguypr View Post
    That lady clearly had a medical coding certificate.

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    Bwahahaha!
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    definitely agree with volfkhat, you were grossly over-qualified which is why the under-qualified (we can teach them just enough to be almost adequate to do the job) and not worry about someone else's job offer to them
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberguypr View Post
    That lady clearly had a medical coding certificate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techfiend View Post
    Over qualified for sure. I had a similar role years ago before certs and bachelors. It wasn't a good job and I had to quit before it affected my personal life. It's a step back from computer tech. Don't go down a rung or fall off the ladder only look to climb.

    You really need to realize that you are good enough to climb to the next rung. Focus on nothing else professionally.
    @techfiend you will understand the current thread more once you read this Medical IT / Medical Coding good mix for IT skills?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFORCE View Post
    @techfiend you will understand the current thread more once you read this Medical IT / Medical Coding good mix for IT skills?
    Uhhh... I thought volfkhat's initial comment was funny without knowing the backstory.
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    You're over qualified for that role. Depending on the state you are in, Comcast Business is actually looking for highly skilled engineers right now.

    The tier 1 stuff is usually given to people who are new to the field..
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    LOL I know how you feel, I applied at Cox cable years ago for a similar position, with an MBA and tech certs. I didn't even get an interview. And as volfkhat's quite funny comment says, employers don't want to hire people for jobs who could easily get a better job next month. You have to think about it from their perspective, it's time consuming and costs money to hire someone. The last thing they need to do hire an overqualified candidate who then gets a new higher paying job the next they and they have to start over again. If you apply for jobs you are overqualified for but serious about, keep that in mind and during the interview address their concerns regarding that.

    And also as volfkhat says, tailor your resume. Read the job description, and only list the education and certs pertinent to the job posting. Don't lie - if you're asked directly answer honestly, but don't volunteer your other credentials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberguypr View Post
    That lady clearly had a medical coding certificate.

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    Oh my, lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberguypr View Post
    That lady clearly had a medical coding certificate.

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    LOL! +1 for that. I agree with the above posts in saying that you were WAY over qualified for the job. Plus one more factor is you have an MS and hardly any real work experience. This will be another factor that hurts you when job searching. What is with all these people getting MS's with little to no work experience? I don't get where this movement came from.
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    After reading a commtech 1 job posting, I think a even a high school drop out with a BICSI certification would be over-qualified.
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    You wouldn't want that job anyways...they work long hours, majority of the clients are already pissed off when you arrive, and probably working at comcast sucks anyways. I recall having their service many years ago & it just was awful. Start looking for companies to work for that actually have a great work/life balance & that have a great reputation of taking care of their employees. Cheers and best of luck.
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    I think his problem is he has already overqualified himself for jobs within his experience range as well though with that MS degree. While I know MS degree doesn't equal knowledge, but as stated above it equals an employer feeling like you will just jump ship when something better comes along.
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    I have applied too many times , I was feeling the same way and I hold a CCNA certification. They never accepted my application nor did they contact me for next steps. They might think we overqualified for this job.. Try applying through Indeed , Linkedin ... etc
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    Sometimes being the right gender/nationality/race get preferential treatment when it comes to hiring. Most companies want to be seen as hiring a diverse work force. It just may have been something simple as someone in upper management telling HR they they need to hire more applicants of X gender/nationality/race, so HR hired the first person they found that met the requirements. Sure you may have been a better candidate, but if HR knows only one person of X gender/nationality/race applies every few months, they may be more inclined to take someone less than qualified then someone else who is, that isn't the correct gender/nationality/race to meet there "quota". So long as the person is teachable, I'm sure they will do fine with the 13 week training program they have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McxRisley View Post
    I think his problem is he has already overqualified himself for jobs within his experience range as well though with that MS degree. While I know MS degree doesn't equal knowledge, but as stated above it equals an employer feeling like you will just jump ship when something better comes along.
    Which is why, based on the job, you back it down to a Bachelor's or "some college", as needed.
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    I agree with everyone else that at least on paper you are grossly overqualified for this tier 1 Comcast cable tech position. Initially, I didn't understand the medical coding joke but with additional context from TheFORCE now I do. Looking at your post, it becomes clear that you really have no idea what you'd like to do.

    I think you need to apply for some higher level IT positions and just gain some experience if IT is what you want. Why not look into systems admin or something along those lines?

    You have a BSc, an MSc, and an ITIL V3, etc., but what you really need IMHO is a JOB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Accurs3D View Post
    I agree with everyone else that at least on paper you are grossly overqualified for this tier 1 Comcast cable tech position. Initially, I didn't understand the medical coding joke but with additional context from TheFORCE now I do. Looking at your post, it becomes clear that you really have no idea what you'd like to do.

    I think you need to apply for some higher level IT positions and just gain some experience if IT is what you want. Why not look into systems admin or something along those lines?

    You have a BSc, an MSc, and an ITIL V3, etc., but what you really need IMHO is a JOB.

    I have a job, been working as a Laptop Technician for the past year.
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    I have a job, been working as a Laptop Technician for the past year.
    I meant that you need a better job with those qualifications. Good luck. Laptop technician to Comcast cable technician is a downgrade, not an upgrade. At best it'd be a sidegrade.
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    I dont think its been stated yet so I am eager to give my 2 cents....you were ....OVER QUALIFIED! lol no worries though man! Just means you are meant for a much better higher paying job out there. Dont be down about it, you will see this will end up being a great thing!
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