Thanks for all of the replies. I actually want to go towards the networking side. I got the A+ and Network+ to demonstrate that I know the basics. I was seeing some job postings that wanted those 2 plus an MCP. Hence the MCP sert that I got just to get me through the weed out material. I have finally shown my family that certs are important so the family helped out and paid for me to go to a cisco camp for ICND1. I plan to take the test in a week.
To answer a previous comment I have seend numerous job postings that require A+,N+,MCP,CCNA just for desktop support. I am actually graduating with my BS in MIS this week from UH. I currently have my resume posted on cb, monster, hotjobs, it headhunter.
Just so everyone knows I am working in another industry to pay the bills. I have also started up a business repairing computer, building, data recovery, etc. to prove that I am maintaining the skills.
Any more advice would be greatly appreciated.
That's good. I've heard of a few of those job sites. Also try Dice (it had a lot of IT jobs when I last looked at it, but that was over a year ago), and also keep an eye on Craigslist for the area you're in or areas you'd consider moving/commuting to. I found my current job via Craigslist. It got me out of flipping burgers at Wendy's (literally) and allowed for a total life upgrade with a move from Michigan to Florida.
I'm not sure if I mentioned this in my last longer post, but another thing to remember is to learn to be good at selling what you have. When I went in for my interview, I had general Geek Squad tech experience, A fair amount of Linux exposure, but had no formal education, no certs, and no professional non-retail IT experience. Most of my work experience is in the grocery business. What I sold myself on wasn't that I was some IT guru who could fix any problem in a hot second. I sold the fact that this job wasn't just a job, but the start of a career and that I'm a quick learner, a good team worker, and an efficient thinker. That's the kind of shit schools can't teach. You either got it or you don't. I sold my passion for helping people, whether with technical issues or otherwise. THAT's what got me my new job.
I'm still learning Windows stuff though (Fucking Vista/7 permissions are a joke. You're an administrator but the program isn't running in "Administrator mode". Fucking retarded I say)
Keep your eyes and ears open, keep honing your skills, and someone will scoop you up and offer you money to do something that you enjoy doing soon I'm sure.