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Need to get my foot in the door!!

By timberwolfprime ·
Hello everyone, this is my first post. I have been receiving this news letter for some time but I have never been to this board. Let me tell you my little situation and I hope someone will be able to help me. . .

I received my CIS degree in March of 2002. Because the market was so bad I joined the Army. I figured that I would let the Army payback my loans and it would give the market a couple years to turn around. Well, now I am leaving the military and I would very much like to get into my field of study. My goal is to be a Network Admin but I don't have to experience for that yet so I would like to get a computer technician position and work my way up. I am currently working on getting my A+ certification (I have 4 kids so it is slow going). In the Army I was in Field Artillery and didn't really use my degree. I did however repair and build computers for people in my unit. I have about seven years experience with this. Before I joined the Army I was a General Manager of a Deli.

My question is this: Where are the jobs? Is the IT field any better then it was in 2002? I would like to move back west to Colorado or Arizona (I am currently at Fort Bragg, North Carolina). In my searching I have not found much. Can anybody lead me to some possible job openings?

I am being medically discharged so this is all very sudden. I have to provide for a family of six and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment. I don't expect a job to just pop out at me, I just would like some help on where to look for one.

Thank you all in advance.

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by jbaker In reply to Need to get my foot in th ...

I think that the tech industry dstarted to loosen up a bit, but is now being hit hard again. Just keep searching. Look on sites like, they search all of the major job boards, and can give you a good idea of the availability of jobs in any area of the country. Take a look at openings in the tech corridors....Austin, TX has a pretty good market right now, and I think that the Dallas area is not doing to bad either.

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The D.C. area

by DC_GUY In reply to search

That's why I, a Californian, am here. Follow the money. There's always lots of money in Washington, and the entire metropolitan area is booming. Even the northwestern tip of West Virginia is starting to blossom from all those tax dollars at work.

But be prepared. Moving from the West to the East is culture shock, it's like emigrating to a different country. Going into the D.C. metro area is like crossing yet another border.

I felt more comfortable and at home in Bulgaria than I do here.

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Get unconventional - at least in the conventional sense...

by Matthew Moran In reply to Need to get my foot in th ...

I have posted a bit here and elsewhere. In general, here on techrepublic, they have a link to a sample chapter from my book, The IT Career Builder's Toolkit. It will give you an idea of the methods and direction that I and others have found successful.

In particular, job postings and want ads are the very worst indicator of job openings. This has always been the case, although the late '90s gave people the false impression that they were the best place to find work.

I am in AZ and find opportunity upon opportunity - but have never used want ads, job board, recruiters, head-hunters, etc. I'm not saying that you should not use these resources, but they are primarily passive opportunities.

Also, do not feel that an IT services company or large IT department is where most IT opportunity exist. The single-greatest number of opportunities and those of the highest quality are found in small-business.

Not small, 2 person, ma and pa shops. Organizations of 30-200 people are considered small. They are underserviced (and likely to always ben) and in dramatic need. They offer both vertical and lateral job growth and learning because they usually do not segment responsibility. What this means is that you will not be hired as a network professional and never be given the opportunity to write productivity programs. They view technology as technology.

This, of course, can put pressure on you to learn a wide-array of skills but that is why I like IT.

You can also check out my blog - with almost 60 free articles/ideas for career development in IT. Some of the ideas in this post are repeated or expanded there.

Hope this helps.

Matthew Moran
The IT Career Builder's Toolkit (Cisco Press)

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