I am in the process of doing a job search for a network administrator position. Right now, I am having trouble with the evaluation of my experience level. Specifically, I don’t know whether to assign my level as being “level-level” or having “6 months of experience”. Let me give you an overview of my background first.
I have a Computer Science degree from a respectable 4-year college in my area. I graduated with honor. I recently discover that computer networking is the area I really want to work in. With this motivation, I study and obtain my Network+ within 2 months. I decided that I need specific networking skills, so I pursue the MCP certification and pass exam 70-291 on my second attempt. During my MCP study, I built my own Microsoft Windows Server 2003 network infrastructure. I install, configure, and manage all of the major network application such as DNS, DHCP, NAT, printer server, AD, and many more. My network now consists of 3 servers and can accommodate up to 50 clients. I built all this from scratch so I can get hands-on experience and be able to pass my MCP exam. It has been a little more than 6 months since I first started building my network.
Now I feel ready to apply for a network administrator position. On my resume and cover letter, I don’t know if I should ask for an entry-level position or an experienced position. Do you think “my experience” constitute the “real-world experience” that employers are looking for? Can you give me an accurate assessment of my current skill level? I really don’t want to sell myself short; at the same time, I don’t want to mislead any employers either. Any relevant input will be greatly appreciated.