Here's what is working right now. Your experience plus right
Things did change overnight. 100,000+ engineers and managers competing
for the same job. You can improve the odds rather easily. Get
No cert ? Expect less money, maybe No offers.
Certs give somebody a reason to listen to you. Job Screener's or
gatekeeper's use this everyday as a fast way to cut down the 50,000
resumes to 20 they can interview. Contract or employee still pays the
Are you making the cut ?
The guy/gal playing the cert game does, just like the CEO's golf
partner. People need a reason to pick you first. Lot's of masters
degrees out of work.
Two simple steps will increase your results
1. Update your resume EVERY 3 weeks. Recruiters thrive on new leads.
2. Get a HOT certification, and keep going.
Some good choices are:
-Information Systems Security (CISSP for mgrs/leads, Security+ for
-.Net Visual Basic (lots of competition against cheap offshore
-PMP project management (very popular in management positions, without
it you probably wont be selected to lead anymore projects in this
-Linux skills (already common as backend servers, growing trend)
-Business Continuity (picking up speed again under HIPPA & Homeland
Poor choices in my opinion:
-Cisco (lots of those out of work, already taught in our high schools.
I met 2 CCIE's working a Firestone tirestore. They are juniors in high
school. New cisco security may get lost in the confusing sea of other
-A+ (let's a technichian keep his job fixing hardware)
Frankly, you need to view these as tools in the toolbox. Nobody wants
a builder without their own tools. You'd want somebody that already
has the stuff. Get a new cert or two under your belt. [That]+[Your
drive]= Nice job
We teach discounted classes to help people get certified in 30 days.
You can use that to your advantage or not. $995 plus five days time
could make a real difference. It's helped most of our students get
hired, keep jobs, or promoted.
Want to stay in the game ?
Get moving or get in the McDonalds hiring line. Time is burning.
I wish you all the best in life. Family, friends, happiness.