Get Certified & Get Ahead, Millennium Edition

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9780071347815: Get Certified & Get Ahead, Millennium Edition

The first edition of this book has sold more than 7,500 copies in the trade and 12,000 through all channels. This edition will incorporate approximately 30 new certifications as well as update existing listings.

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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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Are you certifiable? Get the career-boosting credentials you need--and bypass the ones you don't. Computer certification programs are everywhere, and it's gotten to the point where you almost can't tell them apart. With a large chunk of your time and money--not to mention your career prospects--hanging in the balance, you don't want to be stuck with the wrong certification. Enter Get Certified and Get Ahead: Millennium Edition, the one-of-a-kind, Web-enhanced guide that helps you acquire that valuable credential (often at a savings)-and use it to take your career to the next level. From worksheets that make it easy to compare the real costs of each certification to reports from in-the-field professionals to help you figure your potential gains and rewards, this book comes with all the tools you need--all designed to help you advance in the fast-moving, lucrative arena of certification. Building on the runway popularity of the first edition, this super-informative and user-friendly resource features: A Certifications-at-a-Glance chart with acronyms, cost ranges, and other key facts; listings conveniently categorized by types (LAN/WAN, Internet, Hardware, etc); a plain-English discussion of financial considerations; informational interviews with three IT professionals who have gone through the certification process; test-taking advice, including "Certification Mistakes You Don't Have to Make"; ways to maximize the value of that hard-earned certification; the lowdown on study aids, training vendors, and online certification; more money-savings tips to make certification more affordable. Web-enhanced! Everything you need, plus: database of 200+ certifications; direct links to sample exams and course demos from Self-Test, Wave Technologies, and others; computer-based course demos; study aids and instruction; a spreadsheet to help you calculate the true cost of certification; links to up-to-date info on all programs.

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