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I'm in networking. Currently a Network Support Engineer. Lots of log & packet analysis, phone calls with engineers from fortune 500 up to fortune 10 companies. Busy, but it's interesting stuff. Always new things to learn and troubleshoot.
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I'm working towards being some engineer, particularly a computer engineer. Or maybe a nice job as a physicist or scientist, something in the intellectual fields, which I'm good at.


I originally went to school for electronic engineering (circuit building) but I didn't really find it fun, so I switched to networking. I now have my A+, MTA and am working on my Sec+ and CCNA (Cisco). I plan on focusing on security. remember, the world of computers isn't going away.
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G1lgam3sh wrote:

I'm in networking. Currently a Network Support Engineer. Lots of log & packet analysis, phone calls with engineers from fortune 500 up to fortune 10 companies. Busy, but it's interesting stuff. Always new things to learn and troubleshoot.


alright! so did you get any certifications?
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Currently studying History, planning for a career in public history (museums, historical sites, ect).

Don't have a paying job, but I like to consider myself a "career volunteer." I work at the Poe House and Museum and the Maryland Zoo - for no pay, of course.

Have been looking for a real job for the past few months, but since I have zilch work experience, no one wants me. Not even in the most basic of jobs. Don't understand why I need previous retail experience to be a workhand at Safeway, but whatever.


well volunteer work looks really good on a resume
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longdanzi103 wrote:


TheChowster wrote:

I'm working towards being some engineer, particularly a computer engineer. Or maybe a nice job as a physicist or scientist, something in the intellectual fields, which I'm good at.


I originally went to school for electronic engineering (circuit building) but I didn't really find it fun, so I switched to networking. I now have my A+, MTA and am working on my Sec+ and CCNA (Cisco). I plan on focusing on security. remember, the world of computers isn't going away.


You're on the right road to your dream, Hope you make it out there. Good luck!
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I grabbed my CCNA a couple years back. Any real IT based companies care more about your skills and knowledge then certs.

That being said, college degrees, certs, experience are all great ways to get through the WALL that is HR.

Pro tip: If you don't have much (any) experience, you better list every single year you've been helping friends with network stuff. I've seen a lot of resumes tossed out because they don't list their 'freelance' experience.

Edit: I also have my A+, though that was due to me telling a friend I could pass it the next day. It was harder than I thought, but if you've been working on computers for a few years it's very doable.
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Wow, that's admirable (most don't have the dedication to go down that long road of medical school/doctorates). Good luck with your endeavors!


Thank You! That honestly made Me Smile. I appreciate Your kindness and candor.
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longdanzi103 wrote:


Aokidanza wrote:

Currently studying History, planning for a career in public history (museums, historical sites, ect).

Don't have a paying job, but I like to consider myself a "career volunteer." I work at the Poe House and Museum and the Maryland Zoo - for no pay, of course.

Have been looking for a real job for the past few months, but since I have zilch work experience, no one wants me. Not even in the most basic of jobs. Don't understand why I need previous retail experience to be a workhand at Safeway, but whatever.


well volunteer work looks really good on a resume


So they say. Yet I have no personal evidence to prove it. *cries*
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G1lgam3sh wrote:

I grabbed my CCNA a couple years back. Any real IT based companies care more about your skills and knowledge then certs.

That being said, college degrees, certs, experience are all great ways to get through the WALL that is HR.

Pro tip: If you don't have much (any) experience, you better list every single year you've been helping friends with network stuff. I've seen a lot of resumes tossed out because they don't list their 'freelance' experience.

Edit: I also have my A+, though that was due to me telling a friend I could pass it the next day. It was harder than I thought, but if you've been working on computers for a few years it's very doable.


yeah I had problems with the 802 part
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yeah I had problems with the 802 part


It (the A+) is good for looking for general tech positions. Tech Support, Tech App Specialists, etc. Being the guy that builds computers, deploys them, troubleshoots issues in person, or works on a help desk.

Once you start delving into the networking world, through promotions, a NOC position, or getting lucky and landing an engineering role, you probably won't bother listing the A+ on the resume.

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Aokidanza wrote:


longdanzi103 wrote:


Aokidanza wrote:



well volunteer work looks really good on a resume


So they say. Yet I have no personal evidence to prove it. *cries*



that may be a problem, you might want to ask the manager of the places you help out at to... I guess vouch for you. I'm not sure how to put it
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Aokidanza wrote:


longdanzi103 wrote:


Aokidanza wrote:

Currently studying History, planning for a career in public history (museums, historical sites, ect).

Don't have a paying job, but I like to consider myself a "career volunteer." I work at the Poe House and Museum and the Maryland Zoo - for no pay, of course.

Have been looking for a real job for the past few months, but since I have zilch work experience, no one wants me. Not even in the most basic of jobs. Don't understand why I need previous retail experience to be a workhand at Safeway, but whatever.


well volunteer work looks really good on a resume


So they say. Yet I have no personal evidence to prove it. *cries*


What helps is how you word your volunteer experience (in an interview/resume/etc). Depending on the position, you can emphasize your volunteer experience to be "customer service" based. For example, I volunteer at the Lobby Desk at my local hospital. We serve patrons and their needs by providing information and services in a professional, timely, and efficient manner in order to give them the best hospital experience. We also address concerns and complaints they may have from their experiences. Not only do we provide services for visitors and patients, but also assist staff (within our scope of practice) with certain tasks to improve patient experience. blah blah

Anime convention staff member: served over 23,000 paid attendees blah blah....

Make yourself stand out. Think positive. What can you do to make your experience sound "awesome"?
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I really don't know to be honest, I have an AA degree in Digital Media but I have no plan on using it. This does not mean that I did not take the courses seriously because I did everything whole heartedly but for now I'm just tying to find a job as a Sales Associate/Cashier since I already have experience from my seasonal job last year. Even though I keep getting rejected at interviews and not being called back I'll continue to apply for jobs.
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MichiHeru wrote:

I really don't know to be honest, I have an AA degree in Digital Media but I have no plan on using it. This does not mean that I did not take the courses seriously because I did everything whole heartedly but for now I'm just tying to find a job as a Salses Associate/Cashier since I already have experience from my seasonal job last year. Even though I keep getting rejected at interviews and not being called back I'll continue to apply for jobs.


Keep it up! Don't get bogged down by rejections. (Getting an interview is a big step~that means that you have something they may be looking for). Hawaii is a hard place to get jobs but you can do it! (much of my family is from there)
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What helps is how you word your volunteer experience (in an interview/resume/etc). Depending on the position, you can emphasize your volunteer experience to be "customer service" based. For example, I volunteer at the Lobby Desk at my local hospital. We serve patrons and their needs by providing information and services in a professional, timely, and efficient manner in order to give them the best hospital experience. We also address concerns and complaints they may have from their experiences. Not only do we provide services for visitors and patients, but also assist staff (within our scope of practice) with certain tasks to improve patient experience. blah blah

Anime convention staff member: served over 23,000 paid attendees blah blah....

Make yourself stand out. Think positive. What can you do to make your experience sound "awesome"?



longdanzi103 wrote:

that may be a problem, you might want to ask the manager of the places you help out at to... I guess vouch for you. I'm not sure how to put it


Firstly, thanks so much to both of you for actually trying to help me. Don't run into that very often on forums.

longdanzi: I'm guessing you mean recommendations. I have listed my supervisors at the places I volunteer as recs. So, yeah, got that covered.

Blue: I am relatively new to resume writing and I'll admit, I'm still a bit rough around the edges. Everyone that I've talked to about it has said not to write too much about my community service experience, but I'm inclined not to follow that because it is the only experience I have. Right now, I only have two sentences or so explaining each of my volunteer positions, and they are not very emphasized. I shall work on changing that.

I do write my cover letters with a lot of emphasis on how my volunteer work relates to customer service, though, since that's pretty much the only type of job I can hope to have.

Again, thank you for the sound advice. I appreciate it.
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