I switched careers two years ago with some pretty poor timing. Breaking into the job market as a green IT technician has been difficult at best. I had a fine contract job with HP last year, but we finished. I had a very strong interview with the owner of a local computer service a few weeks ago, but he instead hired an IBM employee with 30+ years of experience (hth can I compete with that)? Anyway I must have made an impression on him because he called last week asking me to just sign on and help out. And Friday I signed a noncompete, W-4, and the I-9......I'm hired! The money is great and this is pretty much paid training right now, I have learned quite a lot in just one week. Just wanted to share the news, keep your chin up, there ARE jobs out there!