Get Certified & Get Ahead

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9780072123951: Get Certified & Get Ahead

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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If your goal is to be an independent technical worker of any kind, it's generally accepted that you'll need at least one major certification. A lot of organizations that hire contractors look for a recognized certification as a preliminary qualification for a job, so you need some sort of certification in order to be taken seriously. Get Certified & Get Ahead provides some information about the various computer and networking certifications available, shares a lot of advice on why getting certified is a good idea, and tells how you can use your certification to maximum effect.

This would be a better book if it went into greater detail on the various professional certifications available to information technology workers. Author Anne Martinez is both a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), but she barely touches on the purposes (much less the requirements) of each of these popular and valuable certifications. Instead, she devotes half of this book to soft (and too often obvious) information, such as how to study, shop for training services, and advertise your qualifications on your Web site. The other half of this book is a directory of companies and the certifications they offer, with brief statements of what each is meant to prove, how much testing costs, what prerequisites exist, and where information appears on the Web. It's a mixed bag, but mostly these pages compile material that's freely available on the Web. --David Wall

Topics covered: Computer and networking certification, with emphasis on how and why you should pursue it. There's information on how to decide which certification is best for you, how to select training and secure financing, and how to study for technical exams. There's also a decent directory of companies and their certifications (it has many entries, but individually they're too brief and lack sufficient detail).

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Jump-start your career with the right certification!

Fully updated to reflect the recent changes in many certification programs over the last year, this new edition of Get Certified and Get Ahead provides you with a roadmap to help you find and obtain the right credentials to take your career to the next level. This informative, easy-to-use guide explains in detail the benefits, requirements, and financial ins and outs of acquiring the numerous certifications available today. Building on the success and popularity of the first two editions, renowned certification expert Anne Martinez delivers all the tools you need to advance in the fast-moving, lucrative arena of certification. This fact-packed user-friendly resource features:

Explanations of 400+ certifications
New ranking system
Lists of books, magazines, and third-party Websites related to individual certifications
Study aids and instruction
A spreadsheet to help you calculate the true cost of certification
An updated webliography
Q&A with certified professionals
Tips to avoid certification mistakes
Steps to utilize and retain your new certification

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