Posted on Jun 23, 2016
CPT David Gowel
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GySgt Carl Rumbolo
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Technical certifications in and of themselves does not necessarily translate to an actual job offer. Too many folks think getting a 'cert' gets you an employment offer - a certification may get your resume put in the 'interview' pile, but unless you have experience, it can be sometimes difficult to get the job you want - you may have to start at a lower level - IT support, help desk, etc. and build your career from the ground up.

If you are coming out of the service with experience, then having some certifications will be a big help going forward. I strongly recommend staying away from some of those "IT University" type schools - for profit, pushing you to take classes. Look around, shop wisely.
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GySgt Carl Rumbolo
GySgt Carl Rumbolo
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SGT Teresa Puszert - As stated - fine if specific jobs require an S+ certification, but certainly not ALL jobs. Facts please - lets not be making broad generalized statements.
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Sonja Fehlberg
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I was speaking to specific jobs that I have. I would not mislead anyone. You are misunderstanding what I said and for that I apologize.
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GySgt Carl Rumbolo
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Sonja Fehlberg - No need to apologize - it might have been better stated "For the types of jobs I am recruiting for a CompTIA Security+ is a requirement' clarity and context.
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SGT Teresa Puszert
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GySgt Carl Rumbolo - One could also argue that your statement "Either you are a shill for some specific training or you are clueless and not a very good recruiter. Thank you for letting me know that your particular firm TCIPRO.COM is one I should recommend we NOT use." is a broad generalized statement that is not only hurtful and negative, but also not factual and down right uncalled for. TCI is not a fly-by-night training or consulting firm, we are a respected and successful IT Placement firm that facilitates excellent job opportunities for our vets and civilians.
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Go to community college and start there. Why? it's cheap and close to home. Find a school with a solid IT program, one that would teach Linux, Windows Server 2012, maybe 2008, Cisco, virtualization, various languages like Python, Ruby, SQL etc. The schools near me are WAY behind the times, teaching courses like Unix, Server 2003, etc. Create a VM or two at home and install Linux. Got a spare PC, install Linux on it. Get a set of A+, N+, and Secuirty+ books, then self study. Find projects associated with each cert to help make up for the lack of experience. Advertise through friends, family even church asking if they need help. Sites like http://www.codeacademy.com, http://www.edx.org, will help and offer free classes. I am going through Western Governors University (http://www.wgu.edu) and they make you display competency in each class before you move on. Some classes require a certification exam as your final to prove competency. For the Security program, I have to get A+, N+, Security+, Project+, Linux+, CCENT, CCNA, and CCNA Security + capstone to graduate. $3,000 per term, all the classes you can take in a 6 month term and vet friendly. I came in with my AAS Network Administration, A+ and N+. I got 68 credits of 124 approved. Now finished 8 units since March 1 and have Security+ and Project+. Have to finish Linux+ part 1 by Aug 31, plan on finishing both. Already had 1 interview 2 weeks ago and 2 offers via phone today.
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FedVTE, edX, coursera, JKO, Lynda, via LinkedIn for Veterans. Syracuse University VCTP for a tech certification.

http://golivelively.com/2015/03/16/careerprogression/
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