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    My wife and I are moving back to Des Moines in the next few months, and I am looking to get a full time job in the IT field. I do not have any formal education or certifications in IT, but I do have a degree in another field. My current job requires me to do a lot of IT-related tasks, (dekstop/server management, hardware/software troubleshooting, etc.) so I would say that I have more experience than the average joe, but still have a ways to go. Hopefully, I can get a decent, entry level job that allows me to get more experience and eventually some certifications. If anyone has any advice, suggestions, or job leads, they would be greatly appreciated as I am relatively green when it comes to this field.

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    Re: IT Career Advice

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    Re: IT Career Advice

    Weren't you looking for an insurance job recently? Are you looking for an IT job in the insurance industry?



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    Re: IT Career Advice

    I would think you'd be able to find a help desk type position without certifications and what not, maybe an IT job with a company related to your degree.



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    Re: IT Career Advice

    I apologize if my posts are too self-serving for this board. If they are, feel free to ignore them. I just feel like this is a good community of people in Central Iowa to gauge some opinions.

    I have insurance experience with a former job, so I am still keeping that option open, but recently I have been thinking about parlaying my experience into an IT job, since most companies seem to have plenty of IT jobs available. An ideal situation would be one where I can take advantage of both skill sets.



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    Get some certifications.


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    Re: IT Career Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Get some certifications.
    Are there any that you suggest? I don't even know where to start.



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    Re: IT Career Advice

    Here is what I wouuld do.

    Get A+ and Network + Certified. It will cost you some time and a couple hundred bucks, but will get your resume higher in the pile if you know what I mean.

    If you want a leg up you may want to look at MCTS Win7 also.
    Lots of companies wanting to upgrade to Windows 7 soon.

    I have hired entry level IT jobs in the past and the 3 things I looked for were education, A+, N+. I would use those items to get 500 resumes to a few.
    Then I create a list of 3-5 to interview.
    Then make the decision on all items combined. (along with the panel)

    Good luck man! Sell yourself and be confident.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    Here is what I wouuld do.

    Get A+ and Network + Certified. It will cost you some time and a couple hundred bucks, but will get your resume higher in the pile if you know what I mean.

    If you want a leg up you may want to look at MCTS Win7 also.
    Lots of companies wanting to upgrade to Windows 7 soon.

    I have hired entry level IT jobs in the past and the 3 things I looked for were education, A+, N+. I would use those items to get 500 resumes to a few.
    Then I create a list of 3-5 to interview.
    Then make the decision on all items combined. (along with the panel)

    Good luck man! Sell yourself and be confident.
    Thanks for the info. That gives me a good place to start. Are the certifications you mentioned ones where I need to take a class, or do I just get the study materials and take the test?

    My wife already has a job lined up, and if I end up being jobless for a while, I might try to knock those out sooner rather than later.



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    Re: IT Career Advice

    You def need some type of education or certification if you want real IT job. Employers may go after newly IT related grads with less experience because they can hire them cheaper. You will need to match your experience with education/certification.



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    Re: IT Career Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by RynoISU View Post
    I apologize if my posts are too self-serving for this board. If they are, feel free to ignore them. I just feel like this is a good community of people in Central Iowa to gauge some opinions.

    I have insurance experience with a former job, so I am still keeping that option open, but recently I have been thinking about parlaying my experience into an IT job, since most companies seem to have plenty of IT jobs available. An ideal situation would be one where I can take advantage of both skill sets.
    No apology needed. IT is a big field and I was trying to get a feel for what you might be interested in.

    I agree with what the others said about getting certifications. Not only will it help you market yourself, but it will also help you identify specific areas you enjoy or want to avoid. Browse available online job postings and see what certifications they're asking for to help you identify what the market demands.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Get some certifications.
    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    Here is what I wouuld do.

    Get A+ and Network + Certified. It will cost you some time and a couple hundred bucks, but will get your resume higher in the pile if you know what I mean.

    If you want a leg up you may want to look at MCTS Win7 also.
    Lots of companies wanting to upgrade to Windows 7 soon.

    I have hired entry level IT jobs in the past and the 3 things I looked for were education, A+, N+. I would use those items to get 500 resumes to a few.
    Then I create a list of 3-5 to interview.
    Then make the decision on all items combined. (along with the panel)

    Good luck man! Sell yourself and be confident.
    Every company is different, but the company I work for doesn't care for certifications, obviously they're not a bad thing, but not something that really is a make or break.

    They live by the, "you may be good at taking tests, but can you handle the real world" motto. Which is true to an extent, you may be able to study given problems, but not all problems can be studied before hand. Also, much of the "helpdesk" jobs are working with customers and you have to be really good with people, which believe it or not is not always a given.

    Also, lots of PATIENCE are necessary.



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    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    Here is what I wouuld do.

    Get A+ and Network + Certified. It will cost you some time and a couple hundred bucks, but will get your resume higher in the pile if you know what I mean.

    If you want a leg up you may want to look at MCTS Win7 also.
    Lots of companies wanting to upgrade to Windows 7 soon.

    I have hired entry level IT jobs in the past and the 3 things I looked for were education, A+, N+. I would use those items to get 500 resumes to a few.
    Then I create a list of 3-5 to interview.
    Then make the decision on all items combined. (along with the panel)

    Good luck man! Sell yourself and be confident.
    This is good advice. There are lots out there with education and experience in that particular field. You will need some certifications, not as much to prove that you knwo the stuff, but more so to show that you are indeed really trying to move into that field.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Patriots View Post
    Every company is different, but the company I work for doesn't care for certifications, obviously they're not a bad thing, but not something that really is a make or break.

    They live by the, "you may be good at taking tests, but can you handle the real world" motto. Which is true to an extent, you may be able to study given problems, but not all problems can be studied before hand. Also, much of the "helpdesk" jobs are working with customers and you have to be really good with people, which believe it or not is not always a given.

    Also, lots of PATIENCE are necessary.
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