In the world of IT hiring and staffing, some disagreement exists over the monetary value of various Microsoft IT certifications. While some employers swear by them and even use them as cutoffs for positions at the entry and mid-level, others see them as unnecessary. And some employers actually distrust them, and would prefer to hire candidates with a track record of tangible experience. If you’re a candidate, then gathering a few system implementations under your belt, or participating in a few complex company cyber security initiatives, or supporting a successful transition to a new network might add more value to your resume than a long list of certifications.
At the same time, younger candidates and recent graduates may not have access to the kinds of experience and exposure that some employers are looking for, and in this case, certifications can help bridge the gap. And they can also demonstrate to employers that candidates have the academic rigor, the basic IT knowledge framework, and the level of determination necessary to build a resume full of solid credentials. Here are a few of the Microsoft certifications that are currently providing the highest returns on the job marketplace:
MCSE: Server Infrastructure: This certification can demonstrate a candidate’s ability to install, configure, and administer Microsoft Windows 2012.
MCSE: Data Platform
MCSA: Windows Server 2012
MCSA: SQL Server 2012
MCSD: A designation as a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer can demonstrate skill with Windows Store apps, web applications, SharePoint Applications, and application lifecycle management.
MCITP: Microsoft Certified IT Professional: If you’re looking for work as a database administrator or enterprise messaging administrator, this certification can give you a competitive edge.
The True Value of a Certification Investment
Before you invest in a certification course for any of the Microsoft designations above, weigh the cost of your commitment against the long term value it can add to your career. And if possible, consider asking your current employer to sponsor your coursework and training.
For more information on the overall market value of a Microsoft certification for your specific area of the IT job marketplace, contact the MA IT staffing experts at Tech Needs. If you are looking for technical recruiters in New Hampshire, contact our team today.