First, from what little is written above,I pretty much agree with the comments. My advice would be to spend as little as possible on training or certification and plan to make that a priority once employed with someone with a training budget. I will say that if you don't already have a Security+ certification, or one of the similar ones from other providers; that might be a good place to spend your own money. You may hear many comments against this, but as far as government jobs or any private sector that follow government security recommendations like FISMA, a basic certification in security is something they like to see applicants have if they plan to give them any kind of elevated access like a system administrator would need.
Next, I'd recommend you evaluate what you really want in the way of a job. For example, I love working with people, but I absolutely hate to explain the same thing to the same people every day. For that reason, I don't look for service desk or programming jobs because the last thing I want is to be supporting something "prototyped" in basic, or Excel 10 years ago that has become a production "system". There are quite a few IT jobs where your work is primarily with other IT people; networking, backend database, infrastructure managements like VMWare or SAN administration, etc..
I like the way Ange1Rob0t has begun trolling groups and forums and trying to research and answer posts; a very good way to become "known" by people working where you want to work. Who knows, they may reach out the next time their place is looking for someone. I discount LinkedIn, Twitter, FaceBook, Google+ and the like as I think you get far too much spam for what they are worth. However, I do search those to evaluate applicants. You can tell a lot about someone based on what they post on their pages.
Finally, to follow up my comments from above, I'll share what I mentioned when my niece asked this question. She has a decent job at CVS but is always complaining about dealing with the customers, i.e., the public. Her plan was to become a programmer. Her local community college had a great AS program built around industry certification courses; meaning when she graduated, she could have her CISCO certification if she wanted to focus on Networking, or a .NET certification if she wanted to stay with programming. If you have the time and money and want to prep yourself, I'd look for this type of program. Good, bad, or indifferent; many college courses will transfer if you have to put it on hold; can't say the same thing about technical programs.
About me and why I answered. I've been working in IT since firmware really was firm; around 1977. I've worked on a mixture of mini computer systems, desktop workstations, PC and MAC, and special purpose servers for graphics, parallel processing and artificial intelligence. I've developed applications using basic, C, C#, Lisp, Cobol and vendor specific languages. I'm currently the senior SQL DBA and deputy Oracle DBA for where I work and will likely retire in a few years and do part time consulting now and then to stay somewhat current.
Good luck with your search and don't be afraid to change your mind if you find something and aren't happy. Making money is good, but making a lot of money at a job you really hate can wear you down faster than you think.