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Road To MCSE: Breaking Into the IT Industry: A Four-Step Plan

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Nov 26, 2000


Thomas Shinder

When you read reports in the "legitimate" media, you are assailed with reports of a IT labor shortage which threatens the underpinnings of a world-wide economic expansion. Especially in the United States, the braying of IT industry lobbyists fall upon the open ears of those that walk the halls of Congress.

When you read reports in the 'legitimate' media, you are assailed with reports of a IT labor shortage which threatens the underpinnings of a world-wide economic expansion. Especially in the United States, the braying of IT industry lobbyists fall upon the open ears of those that walk the halls of Congress.

But when you read other, call them "unofficial" accounts, on web boards, newsgroups and email lists, you hear quite a different story. Every day I read complaints from people who are trying to break into the business. They say they've completed their MCSE training, got the skills, and can't pry open the door to a job with a crowbar.

How can it be that the federal government of the United States is responding to virtually urgent requests from the IT industry to increase the number of IT workers in the States, and at the same time, people can't find jobs?

The problem is that the number of highly-qualified candidates in the job pool is shrinking. And, the disparity between the number of jobs available to highly-qualified candidates and the number of available highly-qualified candidates has increased. New entrants are not considered highly qualified, and the number of positions for such candidates is apparently shrinking in proportion to growth of the need for the experienced candidates.

If you feel like you're in a double-bind situation, you're right. How can you get experience, and therefore become highly-qualified if you can't get your foot in the door? It's enough to make a guy feel like he'll forever be on the opposite side of a glass door.

But it is possible to break in to the business. If you absolutely want to, you can do it. But you need a plan. You can't just shoot the resume out to a web board and broadcast fax it to everyone north of the equator (and Australia too). You've got to have a plan, and a plan that's different from what everyone else is using.

So, that's what we'll create. A Four-Step plan that will help you break into the business. It'll be a lot of work, but if you work at it you cannot do anything but succeed.

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