I got my current job because I knew just about everyone at the company. They had worked with me in deploying a Cisco voice solution, so I'm sure that it helped that I had that experience but there wasn't really a formal interview process or anything.
I was promoted from within my company. I was working in the Help Desk and had established a good track record there. During that time, I completed my 4-year degree and also earned my CCNA. The degree allowed me to be considered for an open networking position. My track record in the Helpdesk was probably one of the biggest reasons that I got the job. But my CCNA was also very helpful as well.
My school held an industry night where I met my boss, and got hired the next day. The funny thing is that the course I took was for a program called "Digital Graphics Communications" and dealt with the manufacturing side of the print industry. This company was formed from an old design company that decided to try out digital asset management. I got hired for my skills with the Adobe creative suite and experience with customers as a CSR at a print shop. They knew I had some experience with basic html, and really didn't care about my interest or understand of basic networking.
As time passed, my boss decided to upgrade all of our networking infastructure to Apple Xerves and Xserve RAID devices. However, it was difficult to find people who understood both networking and Apple machines. So, after struggling with a team we hired that only did half of what we needed (on triple the original time budget), I volunteered to help finish the project.
So, over the course of the year I've kind of slid from graphics guy to networking guy. I find myself in charge of operating and maintaning the servers, storage and cisco networking devices and essentially the entire IT operation.
It's a unique situation, considering I only had 2 years of school studying something generally unrelated, but its evidence that if you are interested in something strong enough, you can ussualy find doors.
I met a person on a forum where I was asking some questions relating to Voice , fortunattely he lived in the same city where I do so he called up me for an interview and here I am doing internship and I am looking forward for a job here next month.
I was finishing up school, and I was looking for an internship. So, I sent out cover letters and my resume to local companies that were Cisco Partners. I didn't have much luck with finding an internship. Though, a few months later my current boss contacted me about full-time work. I'm very glad that I had sent my resume out, even though nothing came of it for several months.
Amazingly enough, it was via a web posting. After I got the job I found out that my CCNA/CCNP credentials are what pushed my resume to the top of the pile when they ran their filtering tool. Thank you credentials.
I had posted my resume on several internet job boards and was contacted by a recruiting agency. After a pre-interview and a phone interview, I went in for a face to face. Next morning I received an offer.