IT Career JumpStart

May 17 2010   2:23PM GMT

Interested in a Networking Job?…So Is Everybody Else!!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

In the past weeks, I’ve gotten a handful of emails from students facing matriculation and the job market, asking for my opinion on whether or not networking is a good area within IT to chase after. The good news is that because networks are everywhere, so are networking jobs. The bad news is that because the employment situation is so tight, there’s an extraordinary degree of competition for networking jobs right now. Alas, that also means the better the networking job — by which I mean networking jobs with higher pay, more interesting work environment, superior employer rep and ranking, and so forth — the more fiece the competition is for such positions.

While this doesn’t mean there aren’t any networking jobs to be found, it does mean that new grads will face stiffer than usual competition even for entry-level positions in the current job market. But if that’s not enough to deter any readers who are looking for a networking job, then here are some online resources you’ll want to consult to help you gear up and zero in on that kind of work:

1. About.com: “How to Become a Networker: Starting or building a career in computer networking.”

2. SearchNetworking.com “Career Advancement in four steps: Computer networking certification and career advice.” August 4, 2009, by Tessa Parmenter and Ed Tittel–see especially the link to networking certification guide.

3. See the Recent Graduates and other sections in the Career Advice section on the UK-based InsideCareers website: even though its home audience is “across the pond” the profiles and information are still pretty useful.

4. The list of the Top 10 Jobs in IT from careerbuilder.com does include one outright networking job (network manager) and numerous other positions that require networking skills and knowledge.

Good luck to all those searching for jobs in IT, in the networking field or elsewhere. If you’re on the hunt, be sure to use your personal/family/professional networks (the personal kind, not the communications kind) to put you on the path to employment: the US Labor Department reports that nearly half of all jobs landed come from networking-based connections. Use one kind of networking to help you work in another!

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