Get Certified and Get Ahead (Certification Series)

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9780070411272: Get Certified and Get Ahead (Certification Series)

This book is such a hot property that Amazon wants to use it as an excerpted feature on their web site. Why? Because while vendor specific certifications like MCSE are very popular, corporations are interested in having employees certified in multiple areas. This book allows the user to look at all certifications available.
-- Covers 170 computer certifications.
-- A complete career package: includes sample tests from all certification sponsors; contains a unique spread-sheet to help calculate total cost of certification; offers financial tips for making certification more affordable; web-enhanced with up-to-the-minute information on certification programs.

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Sure, there are many books ready to train you in the technicalities of the certification exams, but what are these things, anyway? If, as an IT professional, you've been considering taking the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), the Certified NetWare Engineer (CNE), or any of the others, this book will answer your nuts-and-bolts questions. What does it mean to be "certified?" How much will it cost and how long will it take?

Anne Martinez begins with a few chapters of questions-and-answers for these, and other, queries. After digging into the basics, Martinez makes a point to provide some real-life examples. She conducts informational interviews with three IT professionals who have gone through the certification process. These pages of resumes, class listings, and "reports from the field" act as a helpful mirror for anyone wondering what kind of investment these training courses might be.

She also outlines common -- and costly -- mistakes make by potential students. She treats the certification as the major expense that it is -- similar to buying a used car, a vacation or, say, a large, fancy electrical appliance. By encouraging her readers to "comparison shop" with eyes open, she provides the perspective needed to avoid potential hucksters.

Get Certified and Get Ahead is an unusual mix of consumer guide and study resource. The final effect is similar to sitting in on a class full of students who have gotten their final exams back, and are ready to talk about what they've been through. For anyone contemplating the investment of time and money the certification exams require, it's a conversation well worth listening to.

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The complete guide to career-building credentials in the computer industry. The computer professional's complete guide to the credentials that really pay off. Which credentials should you get? And how do you get them? A complete guide to the certifications that build computing careers. Investigate and compare ALL professional computing certification credentials with this unique resource. It gives you 100% of what you need to choose the certification that's right for YOU. Then it helps you acquire that valuable credential (often at a savings)-and use it to boost your career to the max! From worksheets that make it easy to compare the real costs of each potential gains and rewards, this book provides all the tools and information you need to move ahead confidently in the expanding and increasingly important arena of certification. Get Certified and Get Ahead helps you: discover which certifications are valuable-and which are not; find answers with easy-to-use FAQs; compare costs, benefits, and test vendors; assess time and effort investments; decide which certificaiton suits YOU best; apply tuition-saving strategies; see what's on the tests; master insider test-taking tips; avoid certification mistakes. Web-enhanced: everything you need to pass, Plus! Database on 170+ certifications; sample exams from Self-Test, Wave Technologies, and others; Computer-based course demos; Study aids, including a flashcard application; Computer terminology encyclopedia; Links to up-to-date infor on all programs.

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