Hey Errol, I can certainly understand where you're coming from. That does sound frustrating.
All I can say is keep trying. There are companies out there that are searching for people like you. We hear success stories all the time that include people getting the job after getting one certification, even with little to no experience.
Hi Errol, I know it can be discouraging but don't give up. You have to be persistent. We all had to find that first job at some point in our career. One thing that can help is to try building projects on the side and using that as your hands-on experience. You might also want to try applying for positions that are entry level since you don't have the hands-on experience. Remember it doesn't matter how many times you hear no, you only need one person to say yes.
Hey Errol, I know a lot of people in your position and I've been there myself. I know it's hard. I always recommend a project based portfolio in addition to certifications - try putting together a personal site (it can be something very simple) and hosting it on AWS with a few blog posts about how it works. Use your knowledge to create something scalable, cost efficient, and interesting, and make sure to include that on your resume. Beyond that, just keep working and good things will happen. Many companies do want to see "experience" but there are many others who value a drive to learn and the ability to pick up new technology. Job searching can be incredibly frustrating, but like Tia said, all you need is one person to say yes. It sounds like you're doing all the right things - you'll get there.
First of all, you have done an amazing job and should be very proud for that! I know it seems hard because you can't get a job without experience, and you can't get experience without a job, but definitely start a portfolio. Be able to explain and visually show what you can. This is experience, and it's important how you showcase it!