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  • Blog Post: Exam Taking Tips for Certification

    For many people taking an exam can be really stressful. In this blog post I’d like to see if I can take some of the fear away from taking that exam. This is the final post in my series on How to get certified. Before you take the exam you should complete the first 3 steps. Let’s be clear, I said before...
  • Blog Post: How to Study for a Certification Exam

    The most common question I get when talking about certification is what should I study ? Well, before you crack open a book, take the time to make sure you are taking the right exam , and figure out what you don’t know so your study time will be spent as effectively as possible. If you want get certified...
  • Blog Post: How to Prepare for a Certification Exam

    About once every couple of weeks on Reddit , I see a post like this one asking for advice on preparing for an exam. Whether you are preparing for a .NET exam or an Exchange exam, an ITIL or a Cisco exam, there is a simple plan you can follow to get certified and prepare for exams . Choose your certification...
  • Blog Post: Does Certification Seem Overwhelming?

    I recently saw a post in a forum entitled “ drowning in sea of exams ” complaining about how confused they were by the current Microsoft  certification process. At first glance, certification can seem that way, but if you break it down it is actually pretty simple and really makes a lot of sense...
  • Blog Post: Why Employers Should Pay for Training and Certification

    As you know, I had the chance to sit down with Canadian MVP Mitch Garvis ( @MGarvis ) recently to talk about training and certification. So far, we’ve discussed: Not Studying for a Certification Exam Why Employers Should Pay for Training and Certification ( This Post ) Getting certified is an investment...
  • Blog Post: Not Studying for a Certification Exam

    Recently, I saw a tweet from Mitch Garvis ( @MGarvis ) about having completed three certification exams in one day. It got me thinking - how could he possibly have time to study for not one, not two, but three exams all at once all while still working full time? I’m sure the thought of certification...
  • Blog Post: Is Certification Worth It?

    Yes it is! The usual argument I hear against certification is “When I apply for a job, they don’t care if I’m certified, they just care about my experience.” Well of course a hiring manager cares about your experience, but they also care about certifications! Earning a certification tells everyone *you...
  • Blog Post: A Career in IT Requires more than Code, Prove you have the Skills for Free!

    The traditional view of the developer or system administrator is that of a nerd. A complete geek with no social skills whatsoever (Big Bang Theory anyone?) But those of you who have a successful career in IT understand that even though we work with technology, we also work with people. We have deadlines...
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