If you are a Microsoft Certified professional, there are some things you might like to know. We have heard from you, over time, that the main reason you get certified is for career and skills development, so we look for ways the MCP program can help you with those things. In a short bit, you'll have access to a few new things for MCPs (or MCTSs or MCSEs, or whatever you are) that will hopefully help you along those lines.

One of those things is a personal landing page on microsoft.com, because you are an MCP. MVPs have something similar--check out Frank's profile for an idea.

These are Community Profiles, and basically you'll be able to log-in to the MCP site, set up your profile, and then decide who can see it. You can set visibility to 'public' or something similar--in which case you'll get a Microsoft.com URL of your own that you can add to your resume or share with people to show your connection to Microsoft (if that's something you happen to be proud of). If you do set visibility to public, you will be included in a searchable database off of microsoft.com ('find an MCP') so employers or contacts can find you by name or location or skill set. I hope you will think this is good.

Your profile can include things like:

  • your technology expertise
  • a tiny but nonetheless striking photo of yourself
  • a list of your certifications (MSFT or whatever else...Cisco? Certified Barista? Certified Dungeon Master? Tell it, son!)
  • your bio and links to your blog or site
  • technical accomplishments
  • a logo (in a bizarre twist you can't actually upload your MCP logo to this tool without resizing it--it is the wrong size. Yes, thanks, we're very proud of that)
  • language proficiencies
  • contact info

Your profile can not include things like:

  • nudie pics

More soon. Yours from the Kent Regional Justice Center*,

Trika

*Did I tell you I'm at jury duty?