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Are N+ and the MCDST enough?

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by hugorilho, May 12, 2009.

  1. hugorilho

    hugorilho Byte Poster

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    Hey guys. How well would I do in the job hunting jungle having only the N+ and the MCDST? Is A+ absolutely essential?
     
    Certifications: MCDST
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Qualification wise, you will do as well, or even better, than those without them. However please note, that while they improve your prospects - they do not guarentee you a job.

    No, but it does provide a very good base on which to build upon.

    -Ken
     
    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
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  3. neutralhills

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    Depends on what job you're applying for. If you're more of a network wonk, prolly not. I personally couldn't hire you without it for insurance reasons. I run a rural computer repair business where we get a lot of boxen with bad PSUs, bad memory, heat damaged CPUs, etc. The A+ and MCDST are excellent certs that cover 90% of the work I do in my shop. The Network+, not so much.

    Truthfully, I'd be more interested in your experience than your certs. The last person I hired was given a pile of parts and told he had half an hour to assemble the computer. That was the entire job interview beyond our introduction. He was a high school kid looking for part-time work. Had the thing together in 20 minutes and ready to load Windoze. Even had the sense to put on the anti-static strap that was in with the kit. Didn't have any certs, but he beat the pants off the one applicant I had with his MCSA.

    After I hired Jon I couldn't let him work on anything without my supervision because of the insurance issue. I made getting the A+ a condition of his employment, I paid for the study materials and the exam vouchers, and he nailed it down within three weeks.

    There's 2 cents worth from a small business owner in Western Canada.
     
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