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  1. A credential alone doesn't guarantee real-world job skills, but it increases the odds that the person is competent. Look for a well-rounded technician with a deep Rolodex of contacts in the tech world; knowledge of multiple systems and brands can be better than a deep understanding of Windows alone. In addition, certifications don't reflect hidden abilities, such as chops in social media. IT skills are lurking outside the lab and server room, within administrative, finance, and human-resources departments. Taking that into account, IT workers have grown from 2 percent of the workforce 17 years ago to 15 percent today, according to Foote Partners. As more companies try to do more with smaller budgets, the research firm finds, they turn to cloud computing and other technologies that reduce the need for IT staff. As a result, the market for IT professionals now emphasizes hybrid skills. Not only must they understand the equipment, but they must solve business problems creatively. Don't take someone's experience, training, and certification at face value. Ask what they had to do to get a certification. Hands-on lab work in addition to an exam is a good sign. When reviewing a person's education, whether it culminated in a liberal arts degree, a diploma from a community college, or a certificate from a trade school, ask about the curriculum. If you're unsure about credentials, read between the lines. Lay out a real-life IT problem that you recently encountered, and ask how the candidate would solve it. If the task is too daunting, you can hire a consultant to interview IT job candidates. "The classic mistake most people make is they're looking for somebody to solve the crisis du jour," says Michael Schrage, a research associate with the MIT Sloan Center for Digital Business. "You're looking to manage a relationship over time. The best time to do this is when you're not having problems."
  2. Cisco Systems has added a new acceptance in acreage abutment for their products. This acceptance is to be a Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) to accomplish on website accession on aliment of the articles that they offer. There are three advance that you can accept from if traveling for this certification: Routing & Switching, Data Center, and TelePresence, and there is a abstracted assay (priced at $125) for anniversary clue which you accept to canyon to accretion the certification. Apparently, you accept to accept the Routing & Switching acceptance afore you can administer for either of the others, which agency that if you wish either of the added two, you will accept to bandy down at atomic $250. This acceptance lasts for a absolute of 3 years and to get re-certified, you accept to canyon one assay from the account accustomed here. On Indeed.com, there are a ample amount of jobs accessible for those with Cisco Certifications, so if you are in this field, it ability be a acceptable bet. Good luck!
  3. Ever back they came into being, there accept been abounding battles over the affair of whether it certifications are annual it or not. All of us in the acreage accept apparent that pages and pages of job listings allurement for all kinds of certifications with asinine acronyms. Sometimes it seems about absurd to acquisition one that doesn’t crave some affectionate of certification, which could accomplish abounding humans catechism why they went to academy in the aboriginal abode if these little certificates are all they needed. While this may assume like a pain, things will a lot of acceptable break this way for the accountable future, so it ability be a acceptable abstraction to jump on the appearance now. According to some, it is not alone a acceptable abstraction to go advanced and get the acceptance you wish for new jobs, but they are aswell arch to promotions and raises. In fact, a analysis featured in a networkworld.com commodity asked 700 neetworking professionals whether a acceptance led to a raise, a promotion, a new job, or something else. 60.5% of professionals said their certifications got them a new job, 56.0% said that they got raise, 28.8% said that they got a advance aural their accepted company, and 10.8% said that they got some added blazon of accolade for their certifications. However, there is a bolt to all of these numbers, because they don’t yield into annual professionals that don’t accept any certifications, and aswell doesn’t accomplish an accomplishment to annual for the actuality that not all certifications are equal. Some certifications accept been acutely apparent to be added benign than others, such as the Cisco ancestors of certifications and some Microsoft ones. Although these are actual accessible fro some people, they may not be appropriate for everybody, as there are abounding it professionals out there in the apple who are acutely acknowledged after certifications. What that absolutely agency is that success in this area (usually) is agnate to the accomplishment that you put into it. Some humans put in the accomplishment in the classroom, and others just plan harder than anybody else, but either way the are just accomplishing more.
  4. Most definitely. Although certification can't completely replace experience, it can effectively serve as a bridge to a new specialty. Suppose you are an experienced intranet or Internet developer and want to get into systems security consulting. Although it might be possible for you to talk your way into a first, entry level security-related position, it would be difficult at best. But if you first complete one of the applicable certification programs, suddenly you will have something exactly on target to add to your resume. Not only that, but there are several programs to choose from, depending on the depth of knowledge you seek and the time and money you are willing to invest. For example, you could enroll in Learning Tree Internationals System Security Certified Professional program, which promises that by the time you graduate you will able to design and implement an organizations security strategy, expound upon threats from Internet hackers, secure an operating system, implement firewalls, and perform other security tasks. You will have to complete five courses (averaging four days each) and their related exams. Most of the courses are hands-on, so you won't just read about configuring a firewall, you will do it. Other possibilities include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) program overseen by the International Information Systems Security Consortium (ISC2), the USWeb Certified Internet Security Specialist certification from USWeb, or several designations sponsored by Check Point Software.
  5. Just because you've taken a course to prepare for the Security+ or MCSE certification exams doesn't mean you're ready for them. How do you know if you're prepared? The quickest route to self-assessment is self-testing. While you might not savor the idea of volunteering to take a test -- or several -- think of it this way: You're better off uncovering your weaknesses through a practice exam than after spending the time and money taking the real thing. You can use self-testing in several different ways: Assess Your Skills If you're uncertain of your skills in a particular area, practice exams provide a reality check. This is particularly handy when you're looking to increase your knowledge in an IT specialty and want to know where you stand, or if you've been away from a specific technology for a while and want to get a sense of your current knowledge.
  6. On-premise or in the cloud, the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification helps make you indispensable to organizations moving to the cloud. Expand your skills, gain direct-from-the-source knowledge, and grow your career—become an MCSE. Today’s IT solutions require multiple technologies to solve a business problem. To qualify someone, you’d need to ensure they had technical knowledge in not just one but across an array of technologies, in on-premises, private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid environments. Microsoft’s new certification platform takes the guesswork out of this by certifying candidates not on the individual technologies but on the holistic solutions.