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By bbedwards ·
Currently I am under Vocational Rehab under the Veteran Affairs for a 2 year degree as an Information Systems Specialist. How important is it to have certifications before you start looking for entry level positions?

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by timwalsh In reply to IT Entry Level Positions ...

For an entry-level position, having a certification may make you stand out from the pack in that the certification will at least show that you have acquired a certain body of knowledge.

Certifications are sometimes used by employers as filters toeven get your foot in the door.
The next trick will be to decide which certification(s) will do you the most good. I would look through the Help Wanted ads and on some of the popular job Websites (www.monster.com, www.dice.com) to see which certifications are in most demand in your area.

While not having any certifications may not preclude you from getting a decent entry-level position, having one can definitely make you more marketable. It may be a matter of deciding where your interests lie, which certification to attempt, and what financial resources you have available to acquire it.

Good luck.

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by j.wallace In reply to IT Entry Level Positions ...

Depends on the firm. Some really, really like certifications, some don't care if you don't have them and focus more on work contributions. But, you're talking entry-level. So, bottom line, any certs sure wouldn't hurt your chances.

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by srs26 In reply to IT Entry Level Positions ...

I agree with the previous 2 answers. I have a friend in this same boat right now. He's in school for A+ and Net+ and has some troubleshooting experience in his current job. He is having trouble getting a job because most employers (here, currently) are looking for either certifications or 5 years experience.
I work in IT and got lucky. I happened to show an interest in IT when I worked in accounting at the company I'm with. The IT Manager noticed and took me under his wing. When he left, theymoved me over to his job. When I took the position, the understanding was that I would work on certification. I did and got a good raise. That showed them I was willing to increase my knowledge base and was serious about keeping the job.
All that to say, if you can identify peers that already work in IT and make connections, you never know what doors it may open. Its also important (to me) to work in the field for a bit before you start pursing certifications heavily.
There's so much out there you can get, and certain certifications may not be right for you or your employer. Also, if you have some experience, you might find certain certifications easier to obtain because you are familiar with scenarios.
Getting an associates in this field should open some entry-level doors for you. If you can, get your feet wet, and then see what's right for you.

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