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By saphil ·
I have 7 years as a professional watchmaker, several years as a locksmith and about 15 years as an entrepreneur that specialized in designing small businesses and marketing strategies for client businesses. I have almost always worked on my own andon shoestring budgets. I have worked on computer hardware and applications for about 14 years, and my current gig(s) are doing a little web design and teaching applications at a community college. I got my BA in anthro in 98. I was a late bloomer, education-wise, but I had very high scores in school. (It is amazing how much having some discipline can help in these things)

I have an A+ and have taken a year's worth of classes based on vendor certs (mostly novell certs, as they were the first ones in the series at the college I was attending) The college closed its doors in March of 2001 and in July I started a masters in IT from Capella U.

My (final) goal is to get into business development and network security consulting, but I have no idea how to proceed to get the consulting thing going well. I do know, however, that I do not want to get a job as a manager (again) I am happiest in a project-based lifestyle. I like to wind ideas up and let others handle the follow-through. I have a real interest in hardware and keep trying to break into hardware consultation.

Currently, I have $0 in the advertising budget, and though I have several years of self-employment in IT-related stuff, I have very little actual IT employment on my resume. This seems to be hurting me as I apply for jobs, and the constant rejection has been heartbreaking. I have worked as a temp for a couple of big telecom and ISP companies, but I am so sick of being offered $10 hourly, and finding out that stuff that looks good at the beginning turns out to be "entry-level" after the fact.

I am drowning in red ink here! I need help, but I don't know how to get it.

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by dmiles In reply to Changing Job Titles at 39

The ending may be the reality of what goes on when you donot have on the job expierence,yet entry-level will get your foot in the door and this will enable you to get the on the job expierence that will someday give financial and the harmony that you seek.
Keep up the good work

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by saphil In reply to Changing Job Titles at 39

Thank you for your answer, but I am afraid that I already know but have difficulty accepting the philosophical view. It is a box which has not offered me the hope I require.
Perhaps I am looking for a magic wand here, but I think there must bea way to package my experience to make it more palatable to hiring managers.
I would include my current resume, but it takes up too much room. :-)

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by PENGUINSRULE In reply to Changing Job Titles at 39

Hi, Sometimes it takes a while before you get your big break - kinda like famous singers or actors.. I got my masters worked in helpdesk, applications, systems administration, got laid off, then had to start all over as a computer operator, thenprogressively worked back into systems administration - then I worked on a computer security team for a few years, worked a few more years in computer security and now I am a senior technical lead at another company, essentially a project leader. You may want to consider contract assignments. If you do well on these you always negotiate for a better assignment at a higher rate. that's what I did, but it was also hard because I had to be willing to go wherever the work was. I also got lucky because I was able to convince Digital to take me onto their security team as a computer operator - that was my big break.
In security - take a look at a few things - the CISSP by www.isc2.org - this is the premier security program. You may also want to check out the SANS institute, and security decisions conference. Keep in mind it always can take a while. I finished my Masters work in 1987 and my big break came in 1995 - so even if you work hard things can take time. hope this helps.
I'm super blessed and very thankful

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