Will CCENT get me a job?

genoshyngenoshyn Posts: 44Member ■■■□□□□□□□
Hello everyone, I'm new in this forum and I'm planing to take my CCENT cert en a few weeks. MY question is: would just this cert be enough to get a decent entry-level job? I been working as a network deployment technician for Comcast for 2 years now. This is not a programming job, it basically is wiring and powering all the network connections of all the routers and switches on the data centers (coaxial, cat 6, mm and sm fibers, etc). I got a CCNA fast-track course certification from Cisco network Academy (not the actual CCNA cert) from my community college, it contains CIsco 1,2,3, and 4 (all the material to become CCNA). why not just go for the CCNA you ask? well, let's say that I should have taken the test right after I finished the program at school, because it's all a big blur now. I have 2 jobs and a lot of responsibilities now, and I can only afford a little time to study, so it would take me a very long time to finish all this. I'm basically done with Cisco 1 and 2, which is enough to pass the INCD1 (CCENT). I'm sure I'll pass, is just that I wanted to know what are my odds to find a job in this situation. Any help would be much appreciated, thanks in advance.


  • beadsbeads Posts: 1,442Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    If you can pass the CCENT, you'd find it easier just to take the CCNA and do fewer subnetting questions in general. In general I would like to say better of the CCENT but likely not but it also depends on the local market. If your in some strange place two hours from a major market - probably not. In a major market - maybe.

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  • networker050184networker050184 Posts: 11,962Mod Mod
    No cert alone is enough to get you a job. CCENT can help you, but there are tons of other factors. With your experience, a well put together resume, some interviewing skills and a little luck that CCENT might just get you a job!
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  • danny069danny069 Posts: 1,025Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    First off, welcome to the forum. To answer your question, no one certification can get you a job on its own. Neither can a combination of certifications get you a job. It's all about how you apply yourself inconjuction with your experience, resume, references, the way you interact/carry yourself around people. You have some experience in the field, so getting your CCENT is a good idea to make you more marketable. You can apply for other positions once you get your CCENT and see how that goes for you, that's the only way to know for sure given your location and demand. With that being said, you should go on to your CCNA, which is more recognized by the job market as it has been for quite some time now. Good luck.
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  • genoshyngenoshyn Posts: 44Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thanks everyone for your opinion, I really appreciate it. I live in Boston, and I've always been great at interviewing (I always have gotten every job I applied for) it was just the certification technicalities that got me concerned. I feel more confident now, thanks again. PS: I'm still going for my CCNA, but if was able to get a job with the CCENT I could start getting experience, make more money to quit one of my jobs, and have more time to finish my CCNA studies.
  • ChinookChinook Posts: 206Member
    It might help you get a job if you were going to work at a Managed Service Provider (MSP) only you might not be working on CISCO products. Many MSP's who focus on small & medium businesses are in need of good network guys. It's a good place to start and you get exposed to all types of environments.
  • TechGromitTechGromit A+, N+, GSEC, GCIH, GREM, Ontario, NY Posts: 1,909Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    As others have stated, certifications do not guarantee you employment. At best they give you an edge against other applicants that do not hold certifications. Even with a CCNA (and no experience), it's unlikely a hiring manager is going to select you over of someone with several years experience. But if your going up against someone with roughly the same level of experience as you, chances are you'll get the job.

    Also I think certifications help you get over the HR hurdle. If the hiring manger says they want someone with a CCNA certification, they might not forward resumes of applicants that may have significant experience in Cisco equipment because it doesn't meet the narrow job definition direction HR was given.

    For government positions, a Security related Certification and a Technical related Certification is required to apply for a job. So you would need a Security+ and a CCNA at minimum to apply for a government contractor position.
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  • alan2308alan2308 CISSP, MCSA 2008, MCSA 2012, CCNA R&S, CCNA Security Ann Arbor, MIPosts: 1,854Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    It will help you get an interview, but you still have to sell yourself after that.
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Posts: 2,013Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Try to get a new, higher paying job so you don't have to work two of them. Passing the CCENT might show a certain employer that you're interested and invest in yourself. However, to be honest, most people outside of network engineers that either 1) are fairly new in the field or 2) keep up with things know what the CCENT even is and even for those that do, it's not that impressive.

    After you get your higher paying job and have some more free time to study, put all that new-found free time into passing the ICND2 and getting the full CCNA. Once you complete the [full] cert, more doors will open for you.
    However, as others here have mentioned, no single certification can guarantee you any job.
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  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Posts: 2,476Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    It's not going to hurt that's for sure.
  • mbarrettmbarrett Posts: 397Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    The Cert alone won't get you a job. It might help you get through the HR resume screen. The combination of job experience and something else (education and/or certs) is more likely to get you the job.
  • bettsy584bettsy584 Posts: 69Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Any qualification is never going to be a negative impact. However if you are brand new I would go for CompTIA Network+ first, then dive into Cisco when you actually have a job. I remember when I was starting out CCNA was the first certification I completed, it worries me thinking back to it how clueless I was then.

    Moral of the story is that with a CCENT/CCNA qualification, employers can sometimes expect too much from you. If your starting out Network+ with strong aspirations to get CCNA would land you a job if I was sitting on the other side of the table. It means the individual is honest to where their network knowledge sits.

  • bettsy584bettsy584 Posts: 69Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Another side note the Cisco Exploration Course you have done at college is nothing like real CCNA.

    To learn CCNA with no experience would take the average person 6 months hard study IMO. Unless you simply **** the exam which helps nobody.
  • soleteksoletek Posts: 33Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Why would it take someone 6 months to pass the CCNA?
  • Melonie001Melonie001 Posts: 9Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Well now days if you don't have a cert they don't call you for interviews.
    I would say they are mandatory if you want to get a chance for a decent job.
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