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    Quote Originally Posted by pureh@te View Post
    I'm about to drown here in the Ohio valley. Been raining for a week.
    We've had the craizest weather in the pacific northwest. Snow/Hail/Rain/Sunshine/Wind/Lightning. Just about everything and it changes about every 10 minutes. Right now it's sunny and kinda warm (50 degrees). But ya never know what it'll do next.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by hhmatt81 View Post
    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.
    My suggestion to you is apply for every thing even if you don't think you are qualified for the job. I fell into my current job with no certs and no real experience but I had something none of the other candidates had a understanding of linux and since the company had just switched almost all of there servers over to linuxs I got the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wick86 View Post
    My suggestion to you is apply for every thing even if you don't think you are qualified for the job. I fell into my current job with no certs and no real experience but I had something none of the other candidates had a understanding of linux and since the company had just switched almost all of there servers over to linuxs I got the job.
    Exactly. I have no real Certs but I got the Job because I knew what I was talking about. It was also a 6 hour interview by 6 different people. Granted, it wasn't for a network admin job. But now that I'm here, I can learn different positions and eventually move towards something else. These outlook issues are starting to kill me
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by spankdidly View Post
    Exactly. I have no real Certs but I got the Job because I knew what I was talking about. It was also a 6 hour interview by 6 different people. Granted, it wasn't for a network admin job. But now that I'm here, I can learn different positions and eventually move towards something else. These outlook issues are starting to kill me
    What outlook issues? Start a thread in General if you want help.
    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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    Yea I used to live in FL for a little while. I just hope to find some good insurance incase a hurricane wants to sweep my house away.

    Thanks Kriss I'll check out CGI.

    Thanks barry, I know everything I needed to get my certs its just sometimes I second guess myself but I know what I need to.

    Yea I'm going to apply for everything I can find and see what comes back, I'm just thinking of a few different ways to keep everything organized since 3 states is a lot to apply to.

    I know sometimes you have to be careful about places that have a high turnover rate. Theres usually a reason for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by streaker69 View Post
    What outlook issues? Start a thread in General if you want help.
    Not MY outlook issues, Everyone ELSE's outlook issues that they bring to me. Freebusy should be put down like a lame horse.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by spankdidly View Post
    Not MY outlook issues, Everyone ELSE's outlook issues that they bring to me. Freebusy should be put down like a lame horse.
    Is that an In/Out board?

    We just purchased a different one here that works great, only $349 for an unlimited license, unlimited users.

    Hey Barry, you might want to look out your Window.

    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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    I would recommend trying to get in a small to medium sized company (50 - 200 users). If you can get in a small shop like this chances are you will be able to get your hands in all types of IT projects including network and system administration just for the simple fact there will only be a handfull of IT people there -including you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pureh@te View Post
    I'm about to drown here in the Ohio valley. Been raining for a week.
    Been raining here for the last day or so. It stopped a while ago, though the wind hasn't stopped.

    Hey streaker, here's outside my window,



    Having neighbors this close still bugs me.
    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 cyberconsole View Post
    I would recommend trying to get in a small to medium sized company (50 - 200 users). If you can get in a small shop like this chances are you will be able to get your hands in all types of IT projects including network and system administration just for the simple fact there will only be a handfull of IT people there -including you.
    This is good advice, but many small to medium size companies are relying upon fewer and fewer people to do their IT work. They expect their 1 or 2 people to be skilled in just about everything. Which kind of sucks in some respects, but is good in others because it just helps your own resume out.

    If you compare the number of tasks that your average IT person does compared to what others do, you'll find that IT is responsible for a lot more and needs to be skilled in many different fields.
    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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