Career Advise: Certified but Jobless
I hope you are having a great day. I just finished reading your article: “5 Top Certification Mistakes To Avoid”. I could relate to everything you said about jumping from one certification to another.
And so, I am writing this email in hopes of getting some advice from
you. I currently am in the process of getting my CCNP. I don't have
whole lot of experience except for one company I worked for. After being
laid off, I have been going to school to learn different skills. However,
I am not sure what is the right thing to do any more because the job
market is so tough.
Thanks for your compliments on my article. I commend you on your desire to acquire useful skills, this is necessary for growth. But you have to be realistic. If you have little experience, even with your CCNP you should aim low. I will strongly encourage you to seek an opportunity that shows a great deal of potential growth, where you will be compensated according to your experience, and which also affords you the opportunity to grow and develop professionally. This may mean taking less than what you desire now but you need to get a foot in the door first. In the IT industry there is no substitute for experience.
In addition, you need to have a career plan that will enable you achieve
your long term career goals. This is a gradual step-by-step process.
And when developing a career, you must know what you want and determine
how to get it.
Here is some advise in your job hunting:
Network with other professionals; contact former colleagues and professional
associates who know your work, network with your friends, family and
acquaintances. Word-of-mouth and recruitment firms are the preferred
IT recruiting tools of CIOs.
Your best strategy is to: get a job that will give you experience keep developing yourself make conscious decisions about your career directions.
All the best in your IT Career,
Jide Awe is the Publisher of Jidaw.com. Contact him at email@example.com
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