If the market is tight and no new jobs are imminent, you should get started on Network+ on your own. Talk to your local bank or credit union and ask if they offer any educational loans for professional development. Don't be afraid to turn to friends or family for fundraising, either, should that prove necessary. By pursuing more training and certification, you'll keep busy while waiting for an opportunity to pop up and be better equipped...
for your next job when new opportunities become available.
Keep this up until you find yourself in a job where you can count on at least some degree of support for training and certification. Eventually, you will find yourself in a better situation -- just don't give up.
Best of luck,
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