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Trouble finding right job; could certifications help?

I have done my B.Sc. in Mathematics with Computer Applications and my Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA). I have also completed my MCSE (Windows 2000). After doing all this, I still have difficulty in finding the right job for me. I am at present working in a college as a Lab Admin. The job is not challenging and I am not paid well either. Do I need to acquire some other certification(s)? Please help.
Before you rush out and spend more time, money and effort on adding to your list of credentials, you need to take a long, hard look at the job market in your area and decide what path provides the best chances of landing a job that will challenge you -- and hopefully, offer better pay as well. My advice is that you explain your situation and your goals to some placement professionals and/or corporate human relations professionals and ask them for advice on this matter. If anybody in your personal network (friends, family, coworkers, former employers, and so forth) works in IT, you should ask them about their company's policies and hiring practices as well.

On the face of it, you sound well-enough degreed and credentialed to move from your current position into something better without doing anything more than going the grueling, time-consuming, and wearing process of looking for your next job. But a sanity check on my hunch is essentially what I recommend in the preceding paragraph, so please do yourself a favor and pose your questions and concerns to those in your vicinity who can do you the most good.

Thanks for posting. Feel free to follow up with additional questions or concerns I may not have addressed in this reply.

Good luck with your career development efforts.
--Ed--
This was first published in December 2004

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