View Full Version : Not uneducated just undocumented

07-08-2009, 11:55 AM
I have been as of late looking for new employment. I'm currently looking for something in the computer world but, every time I talk to prospective employers I get pretty much the same answer-"where are your certifications?". I know what i can do. Its just that I don't know where to test at for these so- called certifications. I spent alot of time at my local library going through tons of books learning as much as i can about operating systems ,terminology, parts, networking, etc. I pretty much built my neighborhood a whole networking community for free including building computers, setting up networks, and pretty much doing IT for all. I figured some of you might be able to help. Are there places i can test to get certified so i can get a descent job in this field without spending money i do not have for school?

07-08-2009, 12:00 PM
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Good luck

07-08-2009, 12:06 PM
or you could look up A+ certification.

07-08-2009, 12:15 PM
Thanks alot of the work i've been getting lately has had something to do invovling a hammer , wrench,and/or shovel.

07-08-2009, 12:20 PM
working for the mob never ends well

07-08-2009, 12:33 PM
working for the mob never ends well


Crispin's Crispian
07-08-2009, 12:41 PM
Microsoft and Cisco both have widely recognized certification programs. You can get certified on Microsoft products through your local community college or computer training center (New Horizons (http://www.newhorizons.com/content/Certifications.aspx) is the big one that comes to mind).

Cisco is similar, but I think it's a little more broad-based. I studied for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) but never bothered to take the exam.

Just about every software vendor has a certification program, and they all vary in cost and material.

07-08-2009, 01:10 PM
Hahaha the mob, at least they might pay better!;) I'm just sick of going home hurting due to the fact that many pieces of my lower skeleton have been replaced by metal parts and manual labor does'nt help it.

07-08-2009, 04:39 PM
Can you develop a portfolio maybe? Wow them with your skills before they get the opportunity to see you're not accredited?

07-08-2009, 05:09 PM
That's basically what I did. I'm in the same boat. I'm pretty good at this web dev thing (if I may say so myself), but I spent 3 months doing nothing but web development and teaching myself as much as I could and building a web portfolio. Finally landed a part-time job, built up my chops some more, added more to my portfolio with both projects from the part time gig and from things I did pro bono, and eventually got a job in Chicago as a web developer for 9 months.

I got laid off in February, and I continue to do part time and temporary jobs in hopes that in a year or two, I'll have enough experience on my resume to land a job, even though I don't have a formal education in web development.

It's rough, especially in this economy. I'm pretty good at what I do, I think -- definitely better than some that have had formal training and degrees in web development -- but when I show my resume to recruiters, they say "Ah, entry-level." and then throw my resume away because it's not good enough to land a job, and why should a recruiter waste time on someone whom they can't place? Easy: they don't.