I think I've finally gotten to the breaking point with my job of almost 20 years (State Gov't IT Infrastructure Analyst) We've been undergoing a consolidation where all state gov't it agencies are being put into one organization and it's not going well and I'm of the opinion that management is incompetent. A few years back, I was in the process of getting promoted to senior analyst, but that got cancelled because of this consolidation and I'm pretty sure I'm being retaliated against because, in the past, I've criticized the organization that I've now been consolidated into for bungling oh so many things and generally demonstrating they don't know how to do anything. It seems to me they want loyalty/sycophants over actually getting things done.
I have no idea how to job hunt anymore. I just dug up my resume file and as you can imagine, it needs massive updating. (or is administrating about 500 Windows 95 PCs still relevant on a modern IT resume? ;))
Can anyone point me to good resume advice for an IT job? Do I need to go gussied up in a suit and tie again? One ad I saw talked about how they wore flip flips to work, which hey cool, I don't actually have flip flops, but I suspect I still can't show up for the interview in jeans and a dirty tshirt.
I'd like to get into security field. My main field of expertise is support/administration of Windows desktops and servers. I got my A+ cert a long time ago, it was supposed to be a lifetime cert, but I'm not sure if it's even valid anymore. I'm good with building images, group policy, and configuration management but I'm not an MCSE. I have some old certs from the Novell days, but again, I'm guessing I shouldn't be putting stuff like that on a modern resume.
About 7 years ago, I started doing security work, participating in IRS computer security audits since our agencies hold federal data, so I'm pretty familiar with those requirements and remediating any findings from said audits. I took a CISSP class, but admittedly, I saw how much it cost to get certified and I turned away from that. I also knew that it wouldn't help me in my current job.
I really loved my job, but under this new management, I think they're trying to turn me into an ass kisser instead of an IT analyst and I don't think I can take it anymore.
Thanks in advance.