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I have a question about being windows certified. It is NOT about the questions. I just want to see from other people’s experience, has having a certificate helped with getting jobs?
So for instance, in your opinion and or experience, if I have a certificate through Microsoft for windows 7, would that be better than having a certificate for windows 8?
It seems to me that a business probably won't adopt windows 8, but would prefer to use windows 7. So if I want to get a job with a company I should go for a win7 cert. but if I want to be a geek squad person, I would probably want a win8 cert.
Also, how about things like network +? Has anyone got that cert? And if so, has it seemed to help “open doors” to jobs?
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I have a Network Plus but it is more of letting personnel know that you know the basics.  Getting a Security Plus helped more because working on government contracts the government rather you have this certification instead, they want you to be at least IAT Level II and then they ask you to get certain OS level certifications pertaining to the area you are working in.  Plus if you get a Windows 7 certification is good, but it would not hurt to have a Windows 8.  If  you load your Certificate Planner in the Microsoft site some certification tests applies to other certificates.  Just like when I loaded the Network Plus and Security Plus into Microsoft I did not have to take other exams in order to obtain a certain low level certifications.  It will make your make your resume impressive; plus some companies have adopted Windows 8.  This will let the individual(s) that is hiring that you having knowledge of Windows Desktop.

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thank you comfortjeanius,
that's exactly the type of info I'm looking for
If I'm going to invest my time into getting a cert, I want the most "bang for my buck"
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With rare exception, certifications mean VERY LITTLE to true experienced IT managers and other technicians.  I've seen certified techs I wouldn't use to apply Windows updates... and others with no certifications that are amazingly skilled.

So, what's the point?  HR.  Most HR/inexperienced people want to see certifications for indication of knowledge... their little more than signs you take the IT Profession seriously, but having them can be a requirement to get past HR and actually speak to the people who will make the hiring decision.  Small companies won't matter as much as large companies in my opinion.  

Having a diverse set of certification can show a broad knowledge and may be able to get you to an interview better than one or none.


And the other question is, what do you want to do?  Do you want to be a PC Tech?  An Admin?  A network tech?  a DBA?  etc.?  Decide and look at the certs available.  Your typical PC Tech would probably be good to have a Windows Client OS cert and A+.  Network+ would be a bonus.
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Thank you for the comment Lee W, MVP
I didn't think to give a background - I started working on computers in 1995. My best experience was taking care of an active directory network for 9 years. But I was laid off from that job. I currently have a nice job at a hospital. But when I was laid off I couldn't help but think it would help to have some certificates to get a job. But I ended up getting a job with only my A+, and I did get one Microsoft cert a LONG time ago. I was a MCP for windows 2000.
So I am torn on how helpful certs are. On the one hand I have a nice job, but would it be a better job if I had some more current certs under my belt?
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As I said, they get you in the door past Human Resources... but after that it's YOU and not your certs that will get the job.

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I think you are correct, I was amazed I got the job at the hospital.
I think maybe a broad cert like network +, and security + might be a good start because I think it would show an understanding of a larger topic like networking. Then maybe something more specific like win7 or win8, to show a more specialized area.

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thank you for the help.

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