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Transcript of Hiring Guidebook - Hiring Guidebook HIRE + DEVELOP + RETAIN MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION. HIRING...

  • A Guide to Microsoft Certification for IT Hiring Managers and Recruiters

    Hiring Guidebook




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    Microsoft Certification improves organizational performance and fills the gap in IT education

    According to a recent report from the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies, today’s IT professionals are highly specialized and often geographically diverse, with larger organizations gravitating to more specialization in both technical and management skills.1 Microsoft Learning Solutions, and specifically Microsoft Certifications, are important qualification indicators for IT hiring managers and recruiters, providing a skills profile to quickly identify, hire, and develop proficient and competitive IT teams.

    Microsoft Certifications are a useful and reliable way to help validate professional and practical knowledge. Certified employees are typically better prepared, more knowledgeable, productive, and capable of contributing to the bottom line. By defining what it means to be proficient in a specific job or task, IT hiring managers can identify the certifications necessary to validate these skills across current employees, or use them as qualifiers to augment their existing team.

    When developing the current certification program for IT and developer professionals, Microsoft identified the most desired skills to address real-world challenges. The process began by conducting Job-Task-Analysis (JTA) research to define, at a detailed level for a range of job types, the tasks people perform daily, and what skills are most important in their professional life. Using that data, a Unified Skills Domain (USD) was developed to define those responsibilities at a very granular level in order to create an efficient, job role-focused curriculum.

    The Microsoft Certification framework: robust, relevant, and cost-effective

    Today, the Microsoft Certification program is designed to provide a robust, focused framework for managers to validate core technical and professional skills, while offering skills development for teams to drive better productivity and lower cost. Certifications also provide a more relevant, flexible and cost-effective way to test and validate those skills. The new certification framework reflects the changing IT career landscape by offering a series of four credentials—three technical series, and an architect level—that supports the needs of IT professionals wherever they are in their careers:

    • Technology Series: Specialist Certifications train IT professionals to build, implement, troubleshoot, and debug a specific Microsoft technology.

    • Professional Series: Professional credentials validate the skill set required for a particular job.

    • Master Series: Master Certifications identify individuals with the deepest technical skills available on a particular Microsoft technology.

    • Architect Series: The Certified Architect program makes it easy for companies to identify experienced IT architects who have completed a rigorous peer review process.

    The role of IT within organizations has expanded, with IT professionals and developers involved in virtually every aspect of the enterprise. When reviewing resumes, hiring managers and HR professionals focus on three qualifiers: a candidate’s education, professional experience, and whether or not they are certified.

    Microsoft® Certification can be used as a critical indicator for validating IT skills, and plays an important role in continued IT skills development and differentiation.

    Certification validates skills.

    “It is a validation of the skill set, not only for the employee’s self- confidence, but for management’s confidence in that employee. And that’s key. If you have somebody that you brought into your team from within the organization and turn them loose on SMS to manage an 8,500-machine environment, management would really like to know that they have the skills it takes.”

    Brent Black IT Manager, Seattle

    of managers believe that certifications are important to team performance.

    75% of hiring managers consider employee certification as criterion for hiring.

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    Certification curriculum offers real-world experience.

    “The certification process is also a great educational experience, because you’re given a curriculum of things you need to know, and procedures that you need to be aware of and familiar with. It gives you the opportunity to test what you do know, learn new things, and really develop your skills.”

    Keith Terry IT Professional, Seattle

    Microsoft Certified IT Professional and Certified Professional Developer

    The Professional series is designed for the experienced IT professional and validates a comprehensive set of technology skills necessary to be successful in a particular job role. It’s for the individual who wants to validate his or her skills beyond technology prowess, and includes design, planning, deployment, and operations management. By validating a more comprehensive set of skills, these credentials give candidates and their hiring managers a reliable indicator of on-the-job performance.

    The two Professional series credentials—Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)—typically consist of one, two, or three exams and require one or more prerequisites from the Technology series as well as periodic re-certification.

    Microsoft Certified Master Series

    Master Series Certifications identify individuals with the deepest technical skills on a particular Microsoft technology. The program recognizes experienced IT professionals who can success- fully design and implement solutions that meet the most complex business requirements. The strength of the program is advanced, experience-based training and testing on Microsoft technologies that goes beyond any product training offered outside of Microsoft today.

    The Master Series Certifications have prerequisite exams from the Technology Series and Professional Series and require the candidate to attend and complete all training. A final qualification lab exam focuses on a single technology platform.

    Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA)

    The Microsoft Certified Architect program makes it easy for companies to identify experienced IT architects who have completed a rigorous peer review process and exhibit exemplary business IT skills and a proven ability to deliver business solutions. The MCA program identifies prestigious professionals that have a minimum of ten years of advanced IT industry experience and three or more years of experience as a practicing architect. They possess strong technical and managerial skills, and form an elite community. Unlike other industry certifications, this credential was built, and is granted by the architect community.

    The Architect Series Certifications have a rigorous and competitive entry process, require the candidate to work closely with a mentor who is a Microsoft Certified Architect, and culminate in an oral review in front of certified architects. Microsoft Certified Architects are required to periodically refresh their certification.

    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

    The Technology series is designed for IT professionals and developers who want to demonstrate their skills and in-depth knowledge on a specific Microsoft technology. The Technology Series Certifications typically consist of one, two, or three exams, and are focused on a key Microsoft software or technology. They do not include job role skills, and are retired when mainstream product support for the related technology expires.

    The following MCTS Certifications are currently available. Technology series Certifications are developed and become available as new technologies are introduced.

    Current MCTS Certifications include:

    .NET Framework 2.0

    • Web Applications • Windows Applications • Distributed Applications

    .NET Framework 3.5

    • ADO.NET Applications • ASP.NET Applications • Windows Communication Foundation

    Applications • Windows Forms Applications • Windows Presentation Foundation

    Applications • Windows Workflow Foundation


    Windows Server® 2003 Hosted Environments—Configuration and Management

    Windows Server 2008

    • Active Directory® Configuration • Network Infrastructure Configuration • Applications Infrastructure Configuration

    Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007

    Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005

    Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server 2007

    • Configuration • Application Development

    Windows Mobile® 5.0

    • Applications • Implementing and Managing

    Business Desktop Deployment

    SQL Server® 2005

    SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence

    SQL Server 2008

    • Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

    • Database Development • Implementation and Maintenance

    BizTalk® Server 2006

    Managing Projects with Microsoft Office Project 2007

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2007— Configuration

    Windows Embedded CE 6.0

    Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

    • Application Development • Configuration

    Windows Vista®—Configuration

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