One Foot in the Door
Hey All, i realize this is probably a question that comes up often but every situation is different and quite frankly when i read other people's troubles with employment barriers, their situation has fared better than my own. A little background info:-
I've been interested in having a career in IT for a long time, it's a field that has my personal interest as well as my professional one. To that end, i have attended numerous night courses at college and earned a reasonable amount of certs such as CompTIA A+, Net+, Sec+, Linux LPIC-1 and a few others. I feel that i have more than enough certifications to earn me an entry level position with a company, but my IT employment history so far has been a single 6 month placement with a small IT support company and that's it. I send my CV out to prospective employers and recruitment agencies and i very rarely get contacted by either, in fact my most recent interview was a referral from one of their employees that i attended college with!!
I feel like i'm getting nowhere with any of them, they keep moving the goalpost as far as the qualifications/experience they request for in job postings and of course the old as time catch 22: Can't get job without experience, Can't get experience without job. And yes i have even tried asking employers would they consider taking me on as a volunteer placement and that hasn't worked out well either, they do in fact hold placement positions but they are only granted to recent university graduates or students on track to receiving their degree.
My current trend to combating unemployment is to continue furnishing my CV with certificates and accolades in the hopes that someone will find it very attractive and hire me, to that end i have been studying towards the RHCSA/RHCE qualifications and also looking at DevOps. There's alot of work involved in both areas and it was the route i was planning to pursue but only after i was employed so i could learn by working as well as free time study and naturally having the funds to pay for exams.
Is there any advice you guys/gals can give to help improve this dire situation, somewhere i have went wrong or a better IT route to pursue for potential employment?
Thank you for taking the time to read my article.