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Prairie Tiger
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Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
Taking this cert in a couple weeks and was just looking for pointers for this test.

TIA

Passed the test. Wasn’t the prettiest but passed.
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Brosef Stalin
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
double check the comptia objectives


Prairie Tiger
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
Got that printed out and been using that as a guide. Also using testout program to go along with it and have mike Meyers course and practice tests.


Brosef Stalin
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
I used testout at BRCC. I have three of their certifications.


LSURep864
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
I’ve got my CCNA and the CompTIA “Trifecta” currently work as a Network Analyst for an ISP after moving off the help desk.



Network+ is very shallow in terms of how deep the knowledge is. But very broad in topics.

Print the objectives out. Carry them with you. Watch Mike Meyers Udemy course in 2-3 days. Review objectives. Then go to professor messer dot com. His videos are ordered in the same order of the exam topics.


Basically keep staring at your objectives and watching messer videos until you can give one or two sentences about them all.

Learn your damn ports. There’s some random website you can find through googling that was very helpful. Basically a memorization game to remember the ports.

The exam was light on subnetting, however you need to know damn subnetting. Go to CBTnuggets and use the 7 day free trial. Watch the binary and sub netting videos for their ICND1 course.


The simulations by CompTIA are buggy pieces of shite. Flag them all and do them at the end.

With that said. What is your goal with this cert? Is it to get an entry level IT job, or do you want to move up?


Prairie Tiger
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
I have their network pro cert.


Brosef Stalin
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
I've got Network Pro, PC Pro, and Security Pro. They're totally useless as far as getting a job goes. I've been using this online cert prep course through the library, Professor Messer videos, and just got an Exam Cram book to study for the A+.


Prairie Tiger
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
I’m in the process of switching my career from oil and gas into IT. I’m back in school at Delgado getting an associates in security. So I’m looking for an entry level job right now while in school.


LSURep864
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
Good stuff. I switched to IT from sales in 2017.

Network+ will definitely help land an entry level job.

But don’t spend too much time in CompTIA land. Get your CCNA or MCSA. Learn Linux, scripting, AWS/Azure, VMware.

Obviously you said Security but it’s hard to jump straight there without going into networking or System administration first. Those certifications and skills above will get you paid.

I’m sure it can be done, but is an exception not the rule.


Prairie Tiger
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
My initial plan was isc certs after CompTIA but I know those are very hard. Any advice on the job search?

And when you took your network+ did you have any lab simulations in yours and what were they?


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Brosef Stalin
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
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Any advice on the job search?

Move out of Louisiana.


LSURep864
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
ISC is good stuff, but hard. My brother has a CISSP and works in infosec for a bank. He said it was insanely hard. Correct me if I get the details wrong but with ISC just passing an exam only makes you an Associate of ISC. You’re only granted the certification with experience. I haven’t looked into it very deeply though.


Job hunting is weird. I got my first help desk job with no certs. Senior HR director of a company was a customer of mine one day. Liked me a ton. Gave me her card, got me the job.

My current job is stranger. I posted on my local town’s sub reddit, right after getting my CCNA asking about jobs.

A month later the hiring manager messaged me,asking if I was still looking. I interviewed late in the week, had an offer by Monday.


General rules of thumb. Apply for everything, even if you feel under qualified. Make your resume concise, and relevant. Don’t fluff it. Work with good recruiting companies. Positions on indeed, etc. have so many applicants you get lost. A good recruiter will get your resume in front of a hiring manager.

Work contract if you have to. 6 months or so and then you now have “experience”.

Read over resume questions on the ITcareerQuestions sub reddit.

Watch resume and interview videos on YouTube by CBTnuggets.








LSURep864
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
Also I don’t recall the simulations other than the fact that they’re buggy and shitty. Save them for the end.


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Prairie Tiger
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
I have been in talks with a couple recruiting companies and had a phone call with one last week. He mentioned a contract job for 6-8 months and was trying to get me an interview for it. Haven’t heard back yet.

Impressive your brother has a CISSP. Not an easy test. In very high demand and yes you need the experience even after passing the test to get the certification.


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gmrkr5
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
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Move out of Louisiana.


this is good advice^^

Get some practical security experience before attempting to obtain a CISSP. They wont grant you the full certification until you hit 5 years of applicable work experience anyway.

I'm not hiring anyone with a Net+, an associate CISSP, and zero applicable experience.
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GrammarKnotsi
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
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Move out of Louisiana.


this is good advice^^


Not necessarily...I groaned through several years as a local Analyst, but hired on a few months back to a much larger company and I just work from home


Prairie Tiger
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
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I'm not hiring anyone with a Net+, an associate CISSP, and zero applicable experience.


And why is that? Even entry level positions?


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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
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Not necessarily...


Yea I got three jobs relatively easily in BR/NOLA


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And why is that? Even entry level positions?

associate CISSP with no experience SCREAMS paper warrior (or brain dumper). headache who thinks he knows more than everyone else and will not be satisfied with the pay or work he is assigned. will move on in 6 months to a year.
there are very few "entry level" jobs where the CISSP is relevant. actually, there are none unless you count the few and far between true entry level SOC Analyst 1 jobs. for every other entry position, a CCNA or MCSA are far more relevant to the work you'll be doing.


Prairie Tiger
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re: Taking my Networks+ In 2 weeks. Advice? UPDATE
Are you saying you come across multiple people with CISSPs? Because from what I have read and been told that cert is in very high demand.


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