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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

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    Hi,

    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?

    Thanks,
    Chris.
     
  2. Gav

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    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
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    Eh? :blink
     
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  4. GW

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    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.

    GW
     
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