b. Job sites
c. Forums and others
1. Basic Qualifications:
normally required by the companies include the following:
Basically, they differ in the
domain knowledge. A Network Engineer needs to be knowledgeable of LANs, WANs,
and Internet technologies. A Systems Engineer needs to be knowledgeable of
Operating systems including Windows, Unix, and Linux. Note that the streams will
have some amount of overlap.
The recommended basic
qualification for these positions is an Engineering Degree (like B.S. in
Electrical, B.Tech, or B.Sc.(Eng.). Of course, it primarily depends on the
aptitude to build a career in a given stream. At least a diploma is desirable
for Network Administrator or Systems Administrator jobs.
2. Experience: Normally, Companies
ask for 1+ years of experience. This is to ensure that the candidate is able to
attend to the day-to-day practical issues in a given domain area. If you are
still looking for your first job, lookout for a trainee position or at least
have a home networking setup with as few as two computers. It would provide immense
insight into the working of networked systems.
3. Certifications: Certifications
should be pursued as a step towards building a career. Though, a certification
helps in getting a job, it depends on several other factors like basic
qualifications and relevant experience.
If you are looking for a
networking career, the following certifications may be worth looking into:
For Systems administration career,
the following certifications are relevant:
With the rapid escalation in the
use of Internet and intranets, the requirement for systems, and network security
has increased significantly. There are several certifications available in this
The following are offered by
Security Certified Program (securitycertified.net) offers the following vendor
neutral security certifications:
Security Certified Network
Security Certified Network
Cisco Certified Security
Professional (CCSP) is offered by Cisco (http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/le2/le37/le54/learning_certification_type_home.html):
Certified Information Systems
Security Professional - CISSP (cissps.com)
It is advisable that you have
basic certifications like CCNA or MCSA before pursuing security certifications.
Normally, security concepts involve advanced techniques and prior knowledge of
networking or operating systems is a definite plus.
Among the security certifications,
CISSP is widely acknowledged as authoritative and vendor neutral.
For introductory networking
certification, CCNA provides solid networking concepts and terminology.
CCNA is a required certification for pursuing CCNP.
If you intend to pursue Linux OS
administration, Redhat certifications can provide a valuable knowledge and
experience. LPI is a vendor neutral Linux certification and not yet as popular
as Redhat certifications.
Computer Jobs (computerjobs.com)
- You can search for a computer/networking job by city and/or state (in
the U.S.). They offer several methods for applicants to restrict access
to confidential information.
Techies.com - without
registering, search through their employer job postings by keyword and
location or through head hunter job postings by keyword. You must
register to apply for a position, but they offer only 2 levels of resume
Forums and others
To be added soon!