I'm sorry for asking 'one of those' questions yet again but I've searched the EE board and found nothing similar to my plight.
I have 16 years of IT experience in a professional environment. Most flavors of Windows Server, Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat basics (I've configured linux FTP servers and file servers for a number of years..basic setups).
The only certification I have is A+ (please don't laugh, I feel sick to my stomach knowing I have not obtained more, coupled with the fact that I have only some college). My company is an ERP service provider so 99% of my knowledge has been self-taught.
I've been with a software company for about 15 years, wearing many hats. Due to the ill health of the company I'm currently working for, I am forced to seek new employment.
My question is this. I have a deep desire to further my career in Linux, specifically with Red Hat certification. What are the odds of me finding employment with a first tier RH cert? I have no problem relocating, which is probably inevitable due to the small city in which I currently live. I have no problem working my way up the Linux ladder.
The vast majority of Linux jobs local to me, are admin jobs seeking a fair amount of experience.
Sorry to post another of these, but I'm at the point that I need some serious and informative advice from others. EE has helped me greatly over the years. I hope it can tackle this personal question too. Any suggestions of the type of certification, type of job to narrow my search, location, etc.