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Old 07-16-2010, 12:35 PM   #16
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Hi again, Bluemax -
Either you're getting rejected due to your age (28 years experience tells me you're not that young) or the job market area you are looking just sucks that bad.
... OR ...
You're relying too much on the nice folks from HR to give you a callback just because you've submitted a resume and/or a job application.


Because you'll probably be waiting until doomsday for that phone to ring.

I strongly urge you to try some of the ideas in "What Color is Your Parachute".

And whatever you do, you've got to be out there "selling yourself". DIRECTLY to the people who can hire you. Or people who know people who can hire you.

Submitting resumes and submitting applications is just a numbers game. A LOSING game.

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Old 07-16-2010, 12:50 PM   #17
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Anecdotal story time!

I was recently laid off due to my last company basically going under. They kept a very minimal staff to keep it afloat but that's another story. I was technically out of work for exactly 2 months. BUT. The first 3 weeks I did no job search or anything related to job search. I did some projects around the house, traveled to DC to visit a friend, basically just did a lot of errands and stuff I hadn't had time to do while working. After 3 weeks I decided to update my resume and post it online(dice, career builder,etc) Within a few days I was getting calls from recruiters. I scheduled a few "interviews" with the recruiters to give them an idea of what I was looking for and for them to tell me what they had available. After about 2 weeks I got an interview with a great company, spoke to the hiring manager on Monday afternoon, he invited me to interview with his employees on Tuesday. I spent about 2 hours on site at the company. One my way home from the interview the recruiting manager called me and said the company offered me the job. I took it, making slightly more than the previous job but it is a 6 month contractor position with a chance to become full time. From the day I interviewed to the day I was hired was about 2 weeks, had to fill out paperwork, background check/etc.

I have no degree, I have no certificates. I have plenty of experience both from home use of Linux and professionally. I also live in a very very great area for tech jobs so maybe its a lot easier to find a good job. That said. I do plan on taking some of the Red Hat certs, mainly the RHCT and RHCE then the new VM cert. My job is a Linux Admin.


To answer your question. Certs/etc depend on the hiring company. What do they use for their OS/network/hardware. Find out what you want to do or find out what company you really want to work. Find out what OS/network/hardware they use and what certs would be useful to them. You can get any cert you want and maybe get a job, but experience and knowing your market is really important.

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Old 07-18-2010, 12:48 AM   #18
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Bluemax -

Q: Has any of this discussion been of any use to you?

Q: What's your gameplan?

Whatever you do - good luck! We're definitely wishing you all the best!

Sincerely .. PSM
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