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Are N+ and the MCDST enough?

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

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  1. hugorilho

    hugorilho Byte Poster

    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
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    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.

    Certifications: CITP, PGDip, 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
    WIP: MSc in Tech Management
  3. neutralhills

    neutralhills Kilobyte Poster

    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.
    Certifications: Lots.
    WIP: Upgrading MS certs

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