Turning MCSE Online Training into a Job Offer

by QuickCert on December 8, 2010

Turn That MCSE Certification Into A Job Offer
You’ll have to excuse me for being the bearer of bad news, but the truth is this: just because you’ve gone through MCSE training doesn’t guarantee you’ll find a job. I know it’s frustrating, I know it’s unfair… but it’s the truth.

You see, every year thousands of green thumbs stumble out of the MCSE test with stars in their eyes
and certificates in hand. I can almost see the plans for their systems engineer salary dancing through
their eyes.

And then, not long after, I cringe when those same hopefuls get the proverbial smack to the face…
courtesy of reality. [pullquote]They learn what every college graduate can attest to; namely, that an education
does not a job offer make.[/pullquote]

With that said, I’m going to give you much needed information you can use to help in the job hunt.
These tips (which I’ll call revelations, because it sounds cooler) are road-tested, world-proven tidbits of
info to help you on your way. Let’s take it from the top:

Revelation #1 – Know what MCSE certification is really worth

The certification, at the end of the day, is simply a symbol. It symbolizes your mastery of the design,
implementation and administration of Windows Server based infrastructures. Nothing more and nothing
less. So what is the certification alone worth?

Diddly squat.

It’s the knowledge base behind the certification that employers pay for. Don’t expect to lean on the
certification to prove your worth. Instead, demonstrate how your knowledge will benefit the employer
during your interview.

Revelation #2 – Experience Matters

This is the perennial catch-22 of the working world. Employers look for experience to hire, but you got
to be hired to build experience. Or do you?

Time to get creative. There are plenty of voluntary organizations that would love to use your services.
Think community colleges, universities, NGOs, religious establishments, etc. Flex your newly-certified
skills in real world situations any chance you get. Work for free if you must, but secure those entries for
your resume.

Revelation #3 – Don’t forget yesteryear

Once you have your MCSE certification, it’s easy to forget where you came from professionally. Don’t.
Showing other skill sets you’ve acquired, even in unrelated fields, will give your resume some added
bite. Think leadership, creativity, assertiveness, resourcefulness.

Revelation #4 – Stay relevant

This isn’t something that comes up before the interview, but its good practice to keep up-to-date with
the latest happenings in our industry. Having a grasp on the latest technologies and methodologies will
make your potential employer’s heart flutter.

Revelation #5 – Don’t skip on the resume

You’re a tech guy… but your resume shouldn’t read like it. Hire a professional writer if you have
to, but make sure that your resume does a bang up job of selling you. People invest in people, not
certifications. And make sure it’s formatted properly; some folks will throw your resume out before
reading it if it isn’t properly structured.

Working as a systems engineer is a rewarding career, one I’m sure you’ll love. But first you have to get
in the door! Hopefully these revelations will help you do just that. Congrats on earning your MCSE
certification and good luck out there.