How good are the chances of securing an entry level position if you solely
possess the CCNA with no experience?
What would be a good path to follow with such a background?(Other
certifications that are good to have with the CCNA, jobs to apply to with
such a background)
Like most other certifications that require passing a single exam (e.g.
CNA or MCP) the CCNA doesn't really provide much of a meaningful promise
that the credential by itself will get you an entry-level job. A lot will
depend on how much you already know, any kind of relevant or related
experience you can bring to bear, and how well you can sell yourself in a
job interview. Sad to say, entry-level positions have been hit the hardest
in the recent economic slump, so you've got a bit of a struggle ahead.
That said, if you walk into somebody's shop to interview with Network+,
a CCNA, and as much additional knowledge, curiousity, and volunteer or
self-obtained hands-on experience in networking, you'll be that much
better equipped to stand out in the crowd.
This was first published in February 2002