MCSE: Why & How You Should Add It To Your Resume

by QuickCert on March 24, 2011

MCSE Helps Any Resume Look Strong
Nowadays, it’s practically a must to have an MCSE Certification on your resume if you plan to ever work as a Network Administrator, Systems Engineer or IT Manager ($44,000-$94,000/yr); or to serve in such high paying roles as IT Director or Sr. Systems Engineer ($63,000-$109,000/yr).

What is an MCSE & how do I earn it?
Hundreds of thousands of IT professionals have their Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) Certification. This means that (by passing a series of standardized exams) they’ve proven they can analyze a business’ requirements and design and implement solutions based on Microsoft’s Windows OS clients and Windows 2003 Server OS.

If you feel you’re ready to add an MCSE to your resume, here’s how to do it:

Determine Your Readiness & Direction
While not a prerequisite, it’s recommended you have 1-2 years of experience installing, configuring and troubleshooting network systems before you take the MCSE exams.

You’ll also need to determine which MCSE you want to earn: MCSE on Windows Server 2003 or MCSE on Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. And (although optional) you can even choose one of these specializations: Messaging on Windows Server 2003, Security on Windows Server 2003, Messaging on Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, or Security on Microsoft Windows 2000 Server.

Get A Study Partner
With work and life in their way, some people take more than a year to prepare for their MCSE exams. To stay focused and motivated – and to ensure you’re not overlooking areas on which the exams will test – it’s smart to acquire third-party training assistance; whether online or in a classroom.

Of course there are other options; like reading from books alone or signing up for a Training Boot Camp. However, the former requires a ton of self-motivation; while the latter merely prepares you for an exam “data dump” (not a good choice if you’d like to remember what you’ve learned long-term).

Practice, Practice, Practice
Be sure the MCSE training you choose comes with practice exams and test simulators. These include questions based both on your learning materials and past MCSE exams. Some are even timed – like the real thing – so you can get used to the pressure of the clock.

Go Get It
Once you’re ready, you need to sign up to take your MCSE Certification exams at your closest official testing center. Based on the MCSE (and specialization, if applicable) you’re pursuing, you’ll need to pass a series of exams with a score of greater than 700 on each of them.

And when you do, you’ll officially be MCSE Certified and can add it to your resume.

Ask For Help
If you’d like to learn more about earning your MCSE, please call QuickCert’s Career Advisors for some free, no obligation and personalized advice: (888) 840-2378. We are here to help you and your career!