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I've got the certs, but no experience

By upthewall ·
Ok,I'm breaking into the IT market, I've got my MCSE and will have MCDBA shortly. I understand the concepts behind the exam subjects very well. My hands-on experience consists of labwork at the school and playing with the software on a couple of systems at home. However, almost every job posting I see on Dice.com wants 2-3 years of experience.

What are some ways to overcome this Catch-22 situation? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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How long have you been doing it?

by terindeb In reply to I've got the certs, but n ...

Too me if you've got hands on experience it should count! if you have been actually doing the stuff in your studies...that should count put down that you have 2 years experience! Let them give you a hands on test to prove yourself! hey If the It employers can accept peop0le from India that can't speak english and only have the certs get a job why can't us American speaking citizens get the same courtesy??? hmmm. sounds fishy to me. Besides how many of thier employees really have all those credentials they ask for . i'm going to one of those job fairs and find out for meylf@!
goodluck!
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a paper cert

by killinj In reply to I've got the certs, but n ...

If you look on the microsoft site, it specifically states that PRIOR to certification an individual should have at least a year of experience with the product - something they tend to not tell you at those certification training centers.

Also, are you sure you're looking at entry level jobs. The position of "Network Admin" or "DBA" is not an entry level position.

Also keep in mind that there is no shortage of entry level folks trying to break into IT, so you have lots of competition ... so much so that many entry level positions aren't advertised.

To reach the "hidden job market" you need to network with people in the field - a friend of a friend may know of an opening that isn't listed.

Good Luck.

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Do whatever you can

by bricker In reply to I've got the certs, but n ...

Take any IT/Computer job you can for the difficult 1st job. I had no actual experience but lots of knowledge that I gained from messing around with systems at home in a lab and with my friends. I applied for a job as a network tech and got hired. Myenthusiasm and willingness to work hard sold the employeer on me. Now I have certs and experience and could easily change jobs if i wanted to. Good Luck!

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