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What factors weigh greatest in seeking employment?

By nhawkins3 ·
I'm a 53 year old African American having difficulty gaining networking jobs in my area of Charlotte, NC. I've been in the Tech industry since 1989 with many OEM certs, MCSE, MCP, A+, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology. The MCSE and MCP are not current. I have baseline Cisco routing skills but no CCNA and little workplace experience except working manager positions at satellite centers where WAN responsibilites were outsourced to providers..

Most of my experience has been on the hardware break-fix side, but the last 6 years has been devoted to developing networking skills.

Everyone has humble beginnings in that no one engineer walks into the door knowing it all, but some companies are willing to give them a chance. I must admit, there are proportionally less African American network engineers in the market than white or Indian counterparts and employers tend to look at me as an oddity. What factors weigh greatest against my odds:

Age?
Race?
Experience?
Salesmanship?

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Leverage your disadvantages into advantages

by nhawkins3 In reply to Leverage your disadvantag ...

DrMicro,

After reading your post, I realize that I am in denial with regards to my age and future opportunities. I have actually started a half-hearted effort in setting up my business with a GoDaddy account, but it will be full steam ahead at this point. Thank's for the wake-up call.

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You're welcome...

by DrMicro In reply to Leverage your disadvantag ...

Go for it!

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All or none are factors

by SlappyMcnasty In reply to What factors weigh greate ...

Age: Some people will look at it as more experienced and more stable. Some will look at it as an old fuddy duddy.

Race: There are rasists out there, no question. On the other hand I have worked with several large companies that actively seek minorities and give preferential treatment. And lets face it, IT is still a pretty whitebred industry, so at the right organisation it could be a benefit.

Experience: Has to be the right job for your skills. A lower level you will be viewed as overqualified, a higher level you will be under-qualified

Salesmanship: You just have to click with the right interviewer.

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good

by adeyemiadeoye13 In reply to All or none are factors

u right.. nice

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All or none are factors

by SlappyMcnasty In reply to What factors weigh greate ...

Age: Some people will look at it as more experienced and more stable. Some will look at it as an old fuddy duddy.

Race: There are rasists out there, no question. On the other hand I have worked with several large companies that actively seek minorities and give preferential treatment. And lets face it, IT is still a pretty whitebred industry, so at the right organisation it could be a benefit.

Experience: Has to be the right job for your skills. A lower level you will be viewed as overqualified, a higher level you will be under-qualified

Salesmanship: You just have to click with the right interviewer.

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All or none are factors

by nhawkins3 In reply to All or none are factors

Good points Slappy, I guess it's like being in the right place at the right time.

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Age!

by IT cowgirl In reply to What factors weigh greate ...

I am almost 50 and dye my hair so I look in my 30's and I have had better results than going natural all grey!

They only lok at your hair. Then once in I mention my age down the line. Funny they have no problems once they worked with you and know you have the skills.

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Miss Clarol or Grecian Formula?

by nhawkins3 In reply to Age!

dianakbrown you are so funny! Do you have a preference of dye?

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hey

by adeyemiadeoye13 In reply to What factors weigh greate ...

i have seem alot of african american as network engineer, system engineer. if you are good in your field, they will give recognize you. as for certification aspect of it. it doesnt matter at all because some techs carry some much certification but most of them cant do the work. as for your age, u might need to consider working for 1099 and start your IT consulting comapany on the side.u will gain alot of it...

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