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Dear Molly: I live in New Zealand and completed my MCSE training in 1999. Since then, I have acquired four months of work experience at a well-known tertiary institution. But it’s very difficult to get a job here in NZ for people with little experience. Is there any chance for me in the United States? I have very good technical skills, including computer hardware. Or do you think a MCSE without 2-3 years experience is a waste of time?

Molly says: To work here legally, you would need a work permit, which can take months of paperwork, and you also would need a company to sponsor your application. Right now, I’m afraid the job news in the States isn’t encouraging enough to advise you to pull up stakes. I just read today on the Web that the national unemployment rate is the highest it has been in years.

If you are not now employed in a position that uses your computer skills, keep pursuing an IT job while also working to build up your skill level. I suggest you do two things: First, find a volunteer job that uses those skills so that, at the very least, you can keep them sharp. Then, pursue some IT networking opportunities.

Check the Web to find sources for both of these activities. Here are some sites to check out: Microsoft New Zealand, Kiwi Careers, a site that is linked to dozens of job-related Web sites in New Zealand, and International Jobs, which has information about paid and volunteer jobs in your country.

If you can’t find a site headquartered in NZ that serves your networking needs, please do the country a favor and create your own virtual IT networking club on the Web for NZ folks in situations similar to yours. It may be that it is really difficult for companies in the country to find good IT people, and your site might turn out to be a mecca for companies and job seekers alike.

Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. Ask a career-related question at [email protected]

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