Don't get hung up on certifications if you're trying to get your foot in the door. They won't hurt, unless you've invested all or most of your resources (time and money) into obtaining them. CISSP and GCFA may be worth pursuing depending upon your background and goals.
Perhaps more helping in getting your foot through that door is networking. Often overlooked until the last moment But networking will absolutely help you. As will authoring papers, performing research, and collaborating with others in the field.
<t>Regarding CHFI Certification, I'm looking for the CHFI v4 Study Guide and can't find it. I can only find the CHFI v3 Study Guide published in 2007. Can I still use the 2007 guide for the CHFI cert? I only ask because I'm on a budget, so dropping $3k for the CHFI course is a bit much right now. <br/> <br/> Thanks as always. --J</t>