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Of course, one of the best places for finding work is San Francisco or the Silicon Valley. The downside of that locale is the cost of living, with studio apartments renting for $1,800 and up. Seattle is another area where there is plenty of work, but again the cost of housing is high. Up-and-coming places are Austin, Chicago and Denver. My non-geographic advice: At your age, you are in the prime time to gain experience with a startup.
I was laid off in May. I have six years of experience in network administration. I haven't had any luck finding a new job. Admittedly, I'm a bit rusty at job hunting, but is there something about the process that has changed over the last few years that I should know about?
Today, companies are looking for people who have experience in multiple areas, and network administration is one. If you have experience with storage administration, Exchange administration or Sharepoint administration, then emphasize those as well. More than ever, finding employment today is about networking, so sending résumés is just part of the job search. Find out about IT organizations in your area and join in. If you have relationships with any software or hardware sales or support people you have worked with in the past, contact them and let them know you are looking. And of course you now have time to work on your LinkedIn profile. A good idea is to build a website about yourself, covering everything from what you do for pleasure to some of your best personal and work accomplishments, including examples of the work you have done. Then include the URL for this website in any correspondence.
I have been doing systems development for a big project at a major financial institution for a couple of years. (I have another eight years of experience besides that.) On this project, I've been working closely with the project manager and now I'm interested in moving into that field. She has given me some advice, but I wonder whether you have any suggestions as well? My first recommendation takes the most effort.
At a local college or university, you will find a curriculum to be a CPM (Certified Project Manager). Start with this; it will help you land the position you want.
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