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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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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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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.