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  • I've been supporting PC in the Tampa Bay area since the days of the "trash-80" and never needed a certification.  Now I find myself out of a job and discover that no amount of experience will get past the online job applications unless your resume has certifications on it.

    I have 10 years as a contractor for IBM supporting everything from O/S 2 to Vista; mainframe and web apps; EDI; email security and web hosting.

    I need to get some thing(s) on my resume that will get me past the automated filters so a human can see how great a candidate I am.

    So my requirements are:
    Inexpensive - Using books, my experiences and any free resources I can find.
    Quick - One or two tests.
    Upgradeable - part of a logical path to future Windows 7 certifications.

    Thanks.
    Tuesday, February 24, 2009 5:04 PM

Answers

  • hi there,

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but would you like to take some certs in MS OS? If so, a good choice in my opinion is to take:

    70-271 + 70-272 = MCDST for Windows XP 
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcdst/requirements.mspx


    Having this, you take 70-621=Windows Vista certification
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-621.mspx

    As 621 is upgrade exam, you gain MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician.

    In the end: by passing 3 exams you gain 4 certifications: MCP (from 271 or 272), MCDST (271+272), MCTS:Vista (70-621) and MCITP:EST (as an upgrade). I think once W7 is released, there will be some upgrades from Vista certifications.

    If you follow the above links, you will find details of courses, books etc. that can help you to prepare for the exams.

    I general, if you mostly care to have the paper (as you already have great expreience), this is quite fast way to get them :)

    As for the programming, well, MCTS certification should suits you best.....
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcts/default.mspx

    you pass two exams for .NET 2.0 and then just one to upgrade to .NET 3.5...

    Hope this helps a bit, but as well I might have missed what you are looking for :)
    • Marked as answer by esalkin Thursday, February 26, 2009 2:24 PM
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 1:53 PM

All replies

  • It totally depends on what you want to do in the IT field now. It seems you have a lot of knowledge and experience on a miltitude of platforms. So what jobs are you applying for currently? What road do you want to travel down (i.e. developing, administrating, desktop support, messenging, etc.) and on what platform (Windows XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003 or 2008, etc.)

    Answering these questions can help us help you without wasting your time. Let us know! :)
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician, Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS: Windows Vista - Configuration,
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. Finish. Test. Evaluate.
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 1:23 AM
  • hi there,

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but would you like to take some certs in MS OS? If so, a good choice in my opinion is to take:

    70-271 + 70-272 = MCDST for Windows XP 
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcdst/requirements.mspx


    Having this, you take 70-621=Windows Vista certification
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-621.mspx

    As 621 is upgrade exam, you gain MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician.

    In the end: by passing 3 exams you gain 4 certifications: MCP (from 271 or 272), MCDST (271+272), MCTS:Vista (70-621) and MCITP:EST (as an upgrade). I think once W7 is released, there will be some upgrades from Vista certifications.

    If you follow the above links, you will find details of courses, books etc. that can help you to prepare for the exams.

    I general, if you mostly care to have the paper (as you already have great expreience), this is quite fast way to get them :)

    As for the programming, well, MCTS certification should suits you best.....
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcts/default.mspx

    you pass two exams for .NET 2.0 and then just one to upgrade to .NET 3.5...

    Hope this helps a bit, but as well I might have missed what you are looking for :)
    • Marked as answer by esalkin Thursday, February 26, 2009 2:24 PM
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 1:53 PM
  • Thanks for the replies.  Am I correct that there are three distinct paths: desktop; server and .NET and, unlike the old NT days, there are no common "core" tests? 
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 5:18 PM
  • Here is a great roadmap Microsoft put together. Take a look and see what you think. http://www.microsoft.com/learning/education/roadmap/default.mspx
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician, Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS: Windows Vista - Configuration,
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. Finish. Test. Evaluate.
    Thursday, February 26, 2009 12:39 AM
  •  The roadmap helps.  It looks like the 271&272 are the place to start as I can blow by them in a week or so.

    Thanks for the help.

    Thursday, February 26, 2009 2:24 PM
  • You may want to try a couple of the free sample practice tests available. Transcender is regarded as a good practice test provider. The two links provided, will take you to the Transcender website where you can download a free sample version of the 271 and 272 tests for the MCDST. Many others are also available. I cannot stress enough, that your working with the products for many years will not guarantee passing the test. What you may consider as the best/proven/correct way to work with the MS products, may not be what MS considers to be the best/proven/correct.
    As far as your resume, regardless of the amount of certifications you achieve, always include the MCP when listing them on the resume. Many resume screeners/filters key in on those letters. On several occasions, my MCTS and MCDST certs meant nothing to the HR dept, but they were very impressed to find out I had earned my MCP.
    I do understand your situation. 22 years ago when I was 30, I worked in the Apple, IBM and Trash 80 fields. That was in the early 80's.

    http://www.transcender.com/product.aspx?product_id=Cert-70-271&dept_id=101610

    http://www.transcender.com/product.aspx?product_id=Cert-70-272&dept_id=101610
    Saturday, February 28, 2009 4:47 AM
  • Thanks, I had forgotten about Transcender. 

    Good tip about the MCP and HR.  It is scarry to know that my fate is in the hands of paper pushers.
    Monday, March 2, 2009 7:15 PM