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OK, so I've been putting this off for far too long, I need to get my resume out, but I've got some questions / need advice please!

I'm wanting to get a job in IT, I was originally looking into something similar to what I'm doing now (most of the time) - keeping computers & networks running & virus free (what is that specifically called anyway? All the names changed for these fields since the last time I looked...). I've even got a reference from the head of our regional IT department.
I've also been doing some online coding (code academy & now free code camp), html5, css, sass, Javascript, & Python so far, but no projects just yet to show for it. I'm remembering my enjoyment of coding I had in the 90s, and am considering work in that field, but unless a company wants to further train me, I think I'll need some more work on these skills first. I did web development a bit around 13+ years ago, and even made a retail site with my own shopping cart system (using Perl), but no built-in payment options. Sadly the site is long gone & I lost the files I had kept. I did do the website for the library I work at now, using WordPress.

So anyway, does anyone know any jobs I'd qualify for? I'm willing to move just about anywhere, but while I've traveled all over, I've only lived in the Kansas / Missouri area.

Also, I haven't legally changed my name yet (I will after I move, since I can't in the county I'm in now). Someone I talked to said I should go ahead & use my preferred name on my resume, since all my employment contacts & references know me as Sarah. Should I put my legal name somewhere in the cover letter, or only bring it up when I go in for an interview?

I'm really hoping to start a new job at the beginning of the year, sooner if possible (though I'll need some time to find a place to live & then move, too).

I've said it before: I'm more terrified of finding a new job than I am of transitioning... I'm really having to fight my own self-doubt here!  :icon_dizzy:

Sounds like that would be desktop and network specialist, maybe?

You might be interested in something that I was told about last night actually. She said the ReactJS and NodeJS courses on Udemy by Andrew Mead are some of the best she's seen, and they are only 10-15 bucks each. (I'm looking into starting some nanodegrees on udacity personally, and they have a free python course made by one of the main guys from Google's self driving car team I believe. But the actual nanodegrees are a little more expensive, and I'm just hoping it looks good for the masters program I want in at GA Tech since it is based on the udacity platform.)

Oh, as for what you are qualified for, that is going to be super dependent on a lot of factors. My experience of late has been that credentialism has become a huge deal in IT, when of course it used to be you could just walk in off the street and know computers and get hired they were so desperate. If you have the experience and references, I feel like you should be fine though. Do you have an AS or BS in the field? The program I am in is 90% 35+ year olds sent back by their employer for a BS, so be prepared if any bigger employers do that.

Hi Sarah,  I spent 15 years as a hands-on developer,  but a few years ago moved into architecture and hands-off tech roles.

Have a think if you still want to 'code' or if you'd now rather manage or guide those that do; that might indicate what training or roles might work best for you. For example right now (in the UK anyway) 'SCRUM masters' are heavily in demand, a tech understanding is good but bang up-to-date tech skills usually aren't.

I work for a major pharmaceutical business.  I know the company policies are very LGBT friendly,  and your current status or legal name would not be an issue. Checkout the Stonewall index for friendly potential employers. Good luck. X

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Oh, as for what you are qualified for, that is going to be super dependent on a lot of factors. My experience of late has been that credentialism has become a huge deal in IT, when of course it used to be you could just walk in off the street and know computers and get hired they were so desperate.

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I would say that it really depends on what you want to do, and the need for credentials will follow (or not). It’s also really dependent on hiring manager.

For example if I am hiring a Dev lead and you don’t have 10 years of development experience with progressively increasing responsibility, and at least some mention of Scrum/Agile/SaFE/LeSS on your resume, I’m probably not calling you. Note I made no mention of education or certs since they are absolutely meaningless for a sr level developer.

If on the other hand I am looking for an infrastructure operations person, I’d be looking for ITIL cert.

A scrum master should ideally have PMP, CSM, CSPO and at least two years of post certification experience.

If I am hiring a manager or above, it’s all about accomplishments not certifications. I have many, many certs and place zero value in them for most roles other than to catch a recruiters eye. Most certs are just pay a fee, take a test and boom certified with no real judgement of if you know what you are doing or not (PMP, CSM, CSPO, SA anyone?).

Now in the desktop support and network support there is value in many of those certs since they are technical and often include lab work, courses and tests spread over many months if not years. Of course if you can describe to me troubleshooting steps for anTCP link in a data center and you include looking for signs of a chair rolling over and optical cable or a partially inserted gbic then no cert required...

Ellie - I'll look into those courses, thanks! Unfortunately, my only education is a high school diploma, with a smattering of random classes in a few different colleges (none of them in computers, sadly).

Megan - Thank you, I hadn't heard of SCRUM before...

Jill -  Thanks for the reply. This is a problem I face, is that I just don't know most of the terminology. For the most part I solve any PC / network issues at work without too much trouble, but sometimes resort to google for solutions.  :P
Another problem is not having the tools to solve some problems, since I'm limited by library budgets & board approval. We get IT services as part of the regional library system, and the rare times I can't fix a problem myself we call them in.


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