Can any of you help me?

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by David Maggard, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. Let me start by saying I really hate doing this, but I am really desperate.

    I have been a cold fusion programmer for over 4 years, but lost my job in
    February.
    A few months later I found my current 'job', which is consultant (1099)
    sidework, in which I get paid per project upon completion.
    But when I finish my last project for them about 2 weeks ago I was told that
    they didn't have any money in the account to pay me with, and although they
    say I should be getting a check in the next few days, I worry that if they
    are this tight on money, whether they will be in business for long. I was
    barely keeping my head above water with what they were paying me. I live in
    a small town in southwest Utah, near Las Vegas, without much IT work
    locally.
    I am an expert (certified) in Cold Fusion with experience mainly in
    eCommerce(shopping carts and credit card processing) and self replicating
    websites(member sites, and email campaign tracking).
    I have advanced skills with JavaScript.
    I have intermediate skills with ASP and VBA.
    I have advanced database skills with Access and SQL server 2000.
    I have intermediate windows networking skills.
    A friend of mine and I have been trying to get our MCSEs and MCDBAs but
    haven't had the money to spend on a test network let alone the exam fees.
    I have also been wanting to expand my skills into Linux and PHP as well.

    I was hoping someone out there would have some work or know of some for me,
    preferable something I could do from home or in Las Vegas.
    I really would like to avoid moving, as I have been supporting my mother who
    has chronic health problems, and we have a strong family presence here.

    Please someone out there help me!

    David Maggard
     
    David Maggard, Aug 5, 2003
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  2. Or if any of you know of any programs that would help me out while I was
    studying for MCSE, that would help to.
     
    David Maggard, Aug 5, 2003
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  3. David Maggard

    Consultant Guest

    not to make light of your situation, but take the money you have, go to
    vegas and play the blackjack table!
     
    Consultant, Aug 5, 2003
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  4. I don't think that you can do much in vegas with $50, and thats about all I
    got left.
     
    David Maggard, Aug 5, 2003
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  5. David Maggard

    Consultant Guest

    play the slots?
    get a lap dance?

    you can always sale your sperm!
     
    Consultant, Aug 5, 2003
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  6. I'm a hiring manager in the Las Vegas area and just recently recruited
    someone with your skills and he's turning out great. Had you posted this
    message about 3 weeks ago I probably could have helped ya. :-\

    The LV area isn't the best to find work unless you know AS400s you can work
    for the casinos and get paid a lot.

    Clint
     
    Clint Kennedy, Aug 5, 2003
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  7. Hi, David.
    I respect your need to care for your family. That's great. Family should
    always comes first, IMHO.

    A couple of thoughts - if you are a web developer/DB Administrator, why are
    you considering becoming certified as an MCSE? Have you considered becoming
    an MCSD? I mean no insult to the members of this group (some will take
    insult anyway - that's okay), but MCSEs are becoming as popular as Ford
    Tauruses in the US. If you don't have one yourself, you know someone else
    who does. I don't know of any unemployed MCSDs/MCADs. However, MCSEs have a
    tougher time of landing a job.

    Your skill set shows me that your definitely ready to learn and work with
    VB.NET. Get the count of the different types of certified folks here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcp/certified.asp

    You can earn an MCAD certification in VB.NET with three exams (vs. MCSE's
    seven exams).

    If you perform a search on http://www.dice.com, you'll find no CF jobs in
    Nevada, however, here's what I found with .NET:
    ASP.NET Developer - Eastridge Infotech Las Vegas, NV (8-1-2003)
    ..Net Software Developers - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    (7-22-2003)
    ..Net Software Architect - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    (7-22-2003)
    ..Net Software Test Engineer - CDI Professional Services Las Vegas, NV
    (7-22-2003)
    VB.net Software Engineer - Eastridge Infotech Reno, NV (8-5-2003)
    C# Apps Developer - Equities Trading - Eric Robert Associates New York, NV
    (8-1-2003)
    Programmer - Legacy Solutions Reno, NV (8-1-2003)
    Network Administrator - Vecor, Inc Elko, NV (8-4-2003)

    Hey - there's an MCSE job on the end!

    Good luck to you. Skip using expensive books when you study - use MSDN and
    Transcender practice exams. You sound like you have great programming skills
    that should put toward SW development.

    This information is based purely on my opinions and you can take it or leave
    it.

    Sincerely,
    Davin Mickelson
    MCP+SiteBuilding, MCSD(VS6), MCSD.NET
     
    Davin Mickelson, Aug 5, 2003
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  8. David Maggard

    Consultant Guest

    that is not an insult, it is the truth.

    personally, mcse is just one of the certs i hold, i am a sr network engineer
    by title, but am not limited to an MS only skillset.
     
    Consultant, Aug 5, 2003
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  9. I really do understand your question, In the area I live most companies
    aren't big enough to need or afford a server admin, a graphic designer, a
    database admin, and a web site programmer. Most want a swiss army IT
    worker, and while I can do all but the graphics fairly well, if I was
    certified for MCSE and MCDBA as well as experienced, It would give me and
    edge over other applicants, and since there are so few jobs in the area I am
    hoping that it will help me get a more stable job. I feel that doing mcse
    will help me hone my skills as well as give me something to show to local
    employers.
    An no offence, but I have always found VB to be an ugly language lacking C++
    & javascripts simply beauty, I find C type syntax easier to read.
    My impression of MCSD was it was geared more towards application
    programming, which I really haven't done much of since High School, and not
    web programming which is where my strength lies.
     
    David Maggard, Aug 5, 2003
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  10. David Maggard

    KLXrider Guest

    How much is a lot? All of the contracting gig's I have done in Vegas
    were for the government, so I was wondering how much they get paid at
    the casinos.

    KLXrider, MCNGP #18
     
    KLXrider, Aug 5, 2003
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  11. David Maggard

    Consultant Guest

    28k a year baby, oh yeah


     
    Consultant, Aug 5, 2003
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  12. I am currently an MCSA (two exams shy of MCSE) and have yet to see an exam
    question on web development. However, when I passed the C# exams
    (particularly the web development exam), I came across JavaScript questions.

    I wrongly assumed VB.NET would be a better fit because of your experience
    in:
    ASP (usually programmed in VBScript - perhaps you're a JScript developer)
    VBA (Visual Basic for Applications - usually applied to Office development)
    Access - a VBA application

    You know, with VB.NET (or any of the other 30+ .NET languages), we now have
    all four pillars of OOP and true multithreaded programming with garbage
    collection (automatic memory clean up). Perhaps C# or JScript.NET is right
    up your alley - syntactically the same as Java. By the way - all three
    languages are free to download from Microsoft in the .NET SDK.

    However, it seems as though you have your mind set and I respect that.
    Good luck on your quest for MCSE.

    Davin Mickelson
     
    Davin Mickelson, Aug 5, 2003
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  13. Yes I perfer jscript ASP, but have done some VB, including some VBA, I can
    do VB, just don't like to.
    Thats why theres chocolate and vanilla.

    I prefer CF to ASP tho, faster development, although I have been wanting to
    learn C#.

    I personally love to learn new things, but dislike doing it on a job if I
    can do it a way I already know, due to the fact of the time involved in
    learning it, I always advise clients on what I have experience in, if a
    client wants it done a different way, good for me.
    The company I have been working for was looking at doing their web based
    stuff in ASP.NET, but when we discussed that I would have to learn it, they
    opted to buy CF Server and save time.
     
    David Maggard, Aug 5, 2003
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  14. David Maggard

    KLXrider Guest

    now, now lets give him the benefit of the doubt. That would barely
    pay my annual mortgage cost.

    My cut is about 60/hr when I do consulting work over there, so I am
    curious. I could get a whole lot of house if I sold mine in LA and
    moved to Vegas, plus no state tax. I'm willing to pay high (still
    lower then LA) sales tax and about the same property tax for a small
    cut in pay so I don't have to deal with the California governement
    anymore.

    KLXrider, MCNGP #18
     
    KLXrider, Aug 5, 2003
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  15. David Maggard

    Consultant Guest

    i hear ya there. i say we make las vegas the official home of the mcngp and
    we can have our annual get togethers there!

    all those lovely showgirls!
     
    Consultant, Aug 5, 2003
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  16. David Maggard

    Andy Foster Guest

    Seconded
     
    Andy Foster, Aug 5, 2003
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  17. David Maggard

    Maestro Guest

    The problem is that with the number of Californians going
    up there, it's getting to be just as bad as CA. Besides,
    hopefully the Govt issue will be taken care of in a couple
    of months.
     
    Maestro, Aug 5, 2003
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  18. David Maggard

    JaR Guest

    Somehow I doubt that .ca.gov's woes are gonna be cured by just recalling
    Gray Davis.

    Or by the results of one election for that matter.

    J.R. Jones

    *besides, then what would my .wa.gov model it's self after?*
     
    JaR, Aug 5, 2003
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  19. David Maggard

    KLXrider Guest

    They would have to blow up all of Sactown and half of LA to fix the
    California governement.

    KLXrider, MCNGP #18
     
    KLXrider, Aug 6, 2003
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  20. David Maggard

    Gary - US Guest

    Hell yes!

    --

    Semper Fi & God Bless America,

    Gary-US MCNGP #20 & retired Jarhead

    http://www.mcngp.tk
    The MCNGP Team - We're here to help
    ** Kindly Do The Needful **
     
    Gary - US, Aug 6, 2003
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