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IT Certification's Top 10 Benefits

IT certification and training can help you advance in your career, strengthen your IT skills, and provide your employer with a more qualified and dedicated staff.
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Why should you earn an IT certification (or certifications)? What is the value of an IT certification to you and to your employer? An IT certification is a quick and readily recognized benchmark mapped to a specific skill set based on standardized testing. A certification demonstrates your dedication, motivation and technical knowledge on a specific platform. Once you earn an IT certification, you join a select group of individuals -- a peer group with demonstrated skills. Having a certification shows that you not only possess comprehensive knowledge of that technology but you also care enough about your own career to spend the time and money to get certified. Remember: You are your own best career manager!

 

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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/17/2014 | 7:54:58 AM
Re: new technologies
@AbeG: I don't know/think Robert Scoble has gotten things a tremendous amount of free stuff (although I'd be surprised if he hasn't had a few perks sent his way), but he is such a prolific social media personality with lots of clout (and Klout) that he is in an excellent position to work to advance the market share of any product or service he uses.  (Alas, his efforts haven't done much for Google+ lately.)
AbeG
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AbeG,
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10/7/2014 | 11:10:12 PM
Re: new technologies
@Joe.  I looked up Robert Scoble since I hadn't heard of him and I'm not sure if I understand the reference entirely.  I assume he may have once been a blogger who got free products from manufacturers?

I think that most people would agree that a good technician can provide great tech support on two similar products without needing to be certified.  What I think the certification does to such people, is to make them able to provide exceptional support on a given product, which has the effect of enhancing the reputation of that product's reliability and performance.

Part of the vendor certification process typically involves getting an introductory level understanding of the other product offerings that the vendor has available for integration.  This increases the likelihood that the tech will recommend purchasing those vendor add-ons vs. those made by other manufacturers.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/1/2014 | 11:54:00 PM
Re: new technologies
@AbeG: Yeah, but you'll still pay for that certification.

And that's the best kind of marketing of all -- the kind of marketing that other people will pay you to do on your behalf.

You're not just a customer; you're a super-customer.

To put it another way: Should Robert Scoble get everything for free?
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/1/2014 | 11:53:31 PM
Re: competitive edge
@AbeG:

I was referring to certifications that actually require physical attendance.

As far as online forums go, well, anyone can screw around on the Internet and meet people that way.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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9/16/2014 | 11:13:50 PM
Interop session
There's a session with a really intriguing title scheduled for the upcoming Interop New York: "Learn SDN vs. Traditional Certifications: What's Better for Your Career?" A panel of experts will debate whether the CCIE is still relevant if SDN is the future. Panelists include Ethan Banks & Colin McNamara.

 

 
AbeG
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AbeG,
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9/16/2014 | 9:38:04 PM
Re: new technologies
Personally, I think that vendors should offer some if not all of their vendor-certifications for free. 

I've spent a lot of time and money becoming Microsoft certified and as a result I provide free advertising for Microsoft on a regular basis.  There might be 20 different applications that can accomplish a given task.  However, when people ask me for help on how to do something, I often show them the Microsoft way.
AbeG
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AbeG,
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9/16/2014 | 9:30:10 PM
Re: competitive edge
As far as number #4 goes, do you mean networking via online forums?  I have a few tech certifications and have not come across any networking opportunities or feel that I have access to any exclusive clubs. 

Technet is open for anyone to use.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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8/30/2014 | 10:08:19 PM
Re: competitive edge
@Marcia: Certification on the ol' resume in and of itself is just one arrow in the job-hunt quiver -- and not even the most important one.

But then, #4 is super important -- networking, networking, networking!  Getting certified presents networking opportunities, and so much of the world is not what you know, but who you know.

In this sense, certification can help provide you with multiple arrows for your quiver!
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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8/30/2014 | 10:05:30 PM
Re: new technologies
@Marcia: To play devil's advocate, it would seem that the vendor-specific certifications might be best.

Why?  Even if the employer/client doesn't use the particular vendor's tools for which you are certified, you're still demonstrating experience and proficiency in the overall concepts.

And, of course, if they douse that particular vendor -- you're GOLDEN.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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8/30/2014 | 10:02:51 PM
RE: The bottom line is you must invest in yourself
Honestly, this is one I hadn't considered much, but it's a very important point.  It's not so much that you have the right certification; rather, that you have a recent certification or two to show that you're still learning, you're still investing in your training and education for a relatively low cost.

@Fish14: Congratulations on your current and upcoming certifications!  Very impressive!  :)
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