I have just recently passed my Cisco CCNA and have actively been looking for a job in IT for the passed 2 months. Currently I work in Aviation Security with little to no commericial experience in IT. The only experience I have is playing with my Cisco Switches 1900, 3 x 2900XL and my 3560 switch. Not sure what type of role I should be looking for to get my foot in the door of IT and hoping someone with simular experience could advise.
Have been looking for helpdesk support roles, Junior CCNA Network Support roles and am afraid to say I am having no luck as although my CV is impressive, my lack of commercial experience is letting me down.
I am considering studying for the CCNP and have all the books and ready to go, however is it advisable to study for the CCNP and take the exams without being in an IT job? My friends seem to think being a CCNP without an IT job would hold me back as I would be over qualified with no experience.
What I don't want to do is sit down twiddling my thumbs hoping a job may come my way. I guess there is no harm in studying and revising the CCNP material. Guess I just answered my own question here.
Although everyone starts somewhere, how do you advise I approach my job hunting in order to be successful in getting my foot in the door?
My 2c worth, If you have the material and the time then of course keep up with your studies. It will show potential employers that you are serious and making a commitment to a career in Networking.
Getting your foot in the door for the first time is tricky as you are caught in a catch 22 situation. Employers are looking for people with experience and you can't get experience if you can't find employment.
I know that you are working fulltime in a different field, but is there anywhere you could offer your services on a part time basis for free. College/schools Networks etc.
I actually moved from being a Chef into IT so it can be done. How I made the leap was by attending a IT course in college on a part time basis, 2 nights per week and 5 hours on Saturdays for two years. I became good friends with a couple of the people on the course and after about 1 year, one of their companies was hiring and they helped me put a resume together and put in a good word with the HR department.
That was 12 years ago and I had no commitments so I could deal with the drop in wages that came with this position. Today I make quite a bit more then I would if I had stayed a Chef.
So don't get disheartened. Keep sending your resume out to prospective employers and you will get the break you are looking for. I actually found the fact that I was switching careers beneficial. A number of interviewers told me at the interview that initially interviewed me out of curiosity. And most ended up offering me a position.
One tip I would give is to try and avoid recruitment agencies if possible. Try and get you resume straight to the people who are in a position to see your potential and give you a chance.
I wish you all the best in you job search. Remember, positive thinking.
Best Regards & Best wishes for 2008 and beyond,