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Getting my Foot in the Door

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by chicola, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. chicola

    chicola Bit Poster


    I passed my CCNA in August last year, but have since still not found a job.

    Currently I work as a Desktop Support Technician and have seven years’ experience with mainly Microsoft support, but it seems extremely difficult to break into the CISCO field. Most jobs I have applied to seem to reject me straight off because I lack much real CISCO experience.

    What kind of jobs do I look for and how do I work around with the stigma of having done Microsoft stuff for the last seven years?

  2. Gav

    Gav Kilobyte Poster

    Do you capitalise Cisco on your CV? It may seem pedantic, but I've seen candidates thrown out during a CV sift for randomly capitalising things (the particularly irksome one being MAC instead of Mac).

    Pedantry aside, you will probably find that the only way into a specialist networking role will be to first move into a more senior role that has some Cisco / networking involvement. With seven years experience, this sort of jump should be well within your reach, and would you put you in a good position to start applying for networking roles in 18-24 months time.

    Also, I'm really not sure what stigma there is associated with Microsoft?

    - Gav
  3. Sparky
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Eh? :blink
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Exchange 2007\2010
  4. GW

    GW Byte Poster

    What type of jobs are you applying for? A lot of jobs that I've been seeing they want both Microsoft and Cisco experience/knowledge. You could look for entry-level NOC jobs, they typically want someone with Cisco knowledge.

    Certifications: MCP x4, CompTia x3
    WIP: Cisco CCNA

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