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    I have a predicament here.
    I'm planning on moving to a completely different state, this also means finding a new job. I work in a small business where I'm the only technician, its a local shop in the city. Its time to move on since the building is being bought out and the shop will no longer be there in about 6 months. It doesn't pay the best but I enjoy what I do and its close to home.

    I currently have about 1 year work experience in PC repair. I have my A+, Net+, MCDST certifications.

    I'm wondering from some of the more experienced people here whether I should go for a sys admin or net admin positions maybe I'm not qualified for either of those. It seems that I don't have the experience for the net admin position although that's where I would most like to be. I'm not certain where I want to move to yet but I'm thinking washington, florida, or arizona.(If anyone lives in any of these states I wouldn't mind hearing about your opinions on the companies in these areas. Maybe you know of any good ones or know of some I should avoid?!?) My overall goal is to break myself into security and possibly pen testing although I have nothing that states that I have any qualifications for either of those. I'm just taking this one step at a time as I know eventually I'll be able to make that choice to work where I want.

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    I know someone in Florida that might be interested. I'll send him an email and see if he needs anyone.
    A third party security audit is the IT equivalent of a colonoscopy. It's long, intrusive, very uncomfortable, and when it's done, you'll have seen things you really didn't want to see, and you'll never forget that you've had one.

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    Do you have a degree? Working on one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by streaker69 View Post
    I know someone in Florida that might be interested. I'll send him an email and see if he needs anyone.
    That would be great! Just let me know when you get a responce.

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    Do you have a degree? Working on one?
    No degree, I just went to an instructor lead school to get my certs. I'm not currently enrolled in any schooling but I'm hoping that I can find a company that would help with paying for more certs. I would eventually like to get cisco certified (CCNA, CCNP), and get a few security certs I would also like to learn to program in many different languages; I know VB and am currently teaching myself C++. I can read almost any language and usually understand what the program is doing I just don't know the syntax and other specifics as well as I would like to.

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    Check your PM.
    A third party security audit is the IT equivalent of a colonoscopy. It's long, intrusive, very uncomfortable, and when it's done, you'll have seen things you really didn't want to see, and you'll never forget that you've had one.

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    A place you may want to check out is CGI, They pay very well and they cover certs and travel expenses. I know they started a hiring blitz, but I think they are looking for people with CCNA and CCNP

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    Don't forget FL blows away once or twice a year. From my perspective, in a new state, looking for a job, your certs will really help out. Though you'll have to back them up in the interview.
    Of course, if you really wanted to have some fun, go to Wal-Mart late at night and ask the greeter if they could help you find trashbags, roll of carpet, rope, quicklime, clorox and a shovel. See if they give you any strange looks. --Streaker69

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Don't forget FL blows away once or twice a year. From my perspective, in a new state, looking for a job, your certs will really help out. Though you'll have to back them up in the interview.
    Yes, but aren't you currently sitting on the outside edge of Tornado Alley?
    A third party security audit is the IT equivalent of a colonoscopy. It's long, intrusive, very uncomfortable, and when it's done, you'll have seen things you really didn't want to see, and you'll never forget that you've had one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by streaker69 View Post
    Yes, but aren't you currently sitting on the outside edge of Tornado Alley?
    Yeah, but Barry is in a bunker. Tornaders dont bother him.
    I felt like bending the bars back, and ripping out the window frames and eating them. yes, eating them! Leaping, leaping, leaping! Colonics for everyone! All right! You dumb*sses. I'm a mental patient. I'm *supposed* to act out!

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    I'm about to drown here in the Ohio valley. Been raining for a week.

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