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Hello everyone,

In the last 6 months I achieved the CompTIA Network+, CCENT, and CCNA. I am about to take my JNCIA exam just got distracted with Christmas.

I've applied for over 200+ jobs in the Seattle area via Dice, LinkedIn, and even Craigslist. I mainly get calls from junk recruiters but have only had 1 real interview that turned into FIVE interviews with this one company and they declined in the end.

My issue is I've never had a job in the IT field; I wouldn't say I don't have experience, though. I currently work in retail and I spend 90% of my day fixing things - some IT some not - even though my actual job title/description shows nothing of that.

My resume reflects this information.

Does anyone have any suggestions for where to apply?

I can PM with more details

Thank you!
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Paper certs are good but it's not enough. Get with a big headhunter in your area and get whatever consultancy jobs you can to get that valuable experience.
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The other issue is I don't want to drive 30 miles one way for a $15/hour job as most of the jobs seem to be in the big city.

I could live with it if it was a just a bit more money, with some medical benefits, and some days you can telecommute but yeah
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Dont blow off all recruiters. I found a reputable one in my area, landed my current gig.

Leave the schmoozing and marketing to them. Also use LinkedIn.
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I landed my first real IT job with a recruiter. For your first job they are worth the time. And sometimes after that. You may get to a point in your career where they only need you initially setting up the network, then anything after that is just admin'ing it.
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+1 for recruiters. I worked with my current staffing company the past 2 years or so. When I took a job at a crappy firm a few months ago, a single call back to my recruiter landed me another job with a huge pay raise. The previous employer had an amusing expression as I basically had a new job in the same day after we had a difficult meeting where I essentially told my last employer to shove it. wink.gif

I really hate that most of the industry is contract or contract to hire based, but as a 'newcomer' it could actually be more to your advantage. Recruiters and staffing firms usually have good relationships with hiring managers and HR departments as well.

You might also be better off into continuing onto the Cisco side. A JNCIA never hurt anyone and it's a good thing to be familiar with multiple vendors, although my JNCIS-ENT never did anything for my career where the quad CCNA seemed to be more valued.
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As I wrote, getting with a big headhunter is the way you will fast track the experience you need to become a desirable hire. And as beers wrote, you get to meet and make contacts with a lot of ppl which is a very important.
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The thing is with these recruiters is it seems like they are only in it for themselves.

I submit a bunch of applicants directly to companies or to recruiters where the client is withheld.

I get a bunch of calls on Monday morning from recruiters asking me information that you could clearly see in my resume/applicaiton. Many times they are very hard to understand due to English not being their first language.

Then I hear nothing from the actual client.

In the last 3 months I've only had ONE recruiter follow-up with a job that I didn't apply for as the first one the client wasn't interested.

I've hit applications on DICE, CareerBuilder, Craigslist, and LinkedIn.

FWIW I believe my LinkedIn profile and resume is extremely professional yet honest without all the BS.
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You may want to consider looking for a like a Tier 2 Helpdesk as well. Especially if you can find one that you'll be working with live networking equipment. Or possible try to get in with a NOC.

Certs are needed for a job in networking but I know for sure we would never hire someone with only certs and no work experience. Depending on the company you can move up quickly if you're proficient. I started as an intern, moved to Tier 2 helpdesk, and then a Network Admin within a year and a half without any certs. (Although I do have a bachelors)
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I can't say a recruiter did anything for me and my career. The few I have tried to work with never had anything for me. That being said, I landed my first real IT job through one of my undergrad professors. I had to do the hour commute for $15 an hour for about three months, then that job lead to my next job that had a huge pay raise with it. Just keep your chin up and keep looking. I think I had to submit about 200 resumes as well before my first real IT job, and during that time I may have only have two or three interviews.
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