Back in 2000, I created a special volume for the Exam Cram series of books designed to augment their exam-focused coverage and content. This book was called IT Certification Success and it went through four editions in the period from 2000 to 2003, during which time the series changed hands from Coriolis (the original publisher) to Pearson (the second and still active publisher).
Over the past four months, I’ve been busily engaged in revisiting much of the material from that book, and recasting it in the form of a series of articles for PearsonITCertification.com. I’m also going to start blogging for the site once a week, as soon as all the set-up gets done, but for now, I wanted to point out the articles available on the Web site that cover topics sure to be near and dear to the readers of this blog:
General Certification Information: Programs, Benefits, Pros and Cons
Why Vendors Like Certification Programs (Jan 31, 2011): This article explores the impetus behind certification programs and how those programs benefit certification seekers and vendors alike.
Why Organizations and Professional Societies Build Cert Programs (Jan 27, 2011): We examine why professional organizations and associations sponsor or endorse certification programs, how they help to build quality certification programs, and the support they can provide for prospective candidates.
Why Employers Like Cert Programs (Jan 24, 2011): We look at why employers like certification programs and the benefits such credentials provide to them.
General Certification Program Characteristics (Jan 20, 2011): We examine vendor-specific and vendor-neutral cert program characteristics and explain how they benefit IT professionals who pursue them.
Benefits of IT Certification (Jan 17, 2011): This article looks at numerous benefits that certification offers to IT professionals.
What’s Not To Like About IT Cert Programs (Jan 19, 2011): While there are numerous benefits that adhere to earning certifications, IT professionals may not be aware of all the hidden costs and challenges involved. We examine some of the drawbacks to certification programs.
Ranking Certifications (Dec 13, 2010): This article looks at one method for rating and ranking IT certifications.
Certification Rankings (Dec 14, 2010): Find rankings for more than 100 top IT certifications, using the method described in the preceding article.
IT Certification Planning, Preparation, and Training
Overall Certification Preparation Overview (Dec 27, 2010): Explore some common certification exam preparation activities and how they benefit certification candidates.
Certification and Career Self-Assessment: Can and Should You Do It? (Dec 22, 2010): Take a look at how annual self-assessment and planning benefits your professional career, along with things to consider when developing or refining career and certification plans.
Crafting a Personal Certification Plan (Jan 5, 2011): Learn how to construct a personal certification plan to reflect both long- and short-term certification goals.
Understanding IT Certification Ladders (Dec 15, 2010): Take a look at the Pyramid Certification Model, how it works, and what types of skills are required at each of its various levels.
Build Your Own Customized IT Certification Ladder (Dec 20, 2010): Learn how to customize a certification ladder to match your professional goals and aspirations.
Pros and Cons of Classroom and Online Training for Certification Prep (Jan 10, 2011): Learn how to assess cert prep training, and how to choose what’s right for you and your budget.
Using Practice Exams for Study and Preparation (Jan 10, 2011): Take a look at several different ways practice exams can help candidates prepare to take and pass certification exams.
Establishing a Certification Support System (Dec 27, 2010): Learn how to establish and maintain a personal certification support system.
IT Certifications, Employment, and Career Planning and Development
Top Job Posting Web Sites (Dec 8, 2010): Reviews for the “hottest” job posting sites, along with some features and resources they offer to job seekers.
Using Job Posting Web Sites (Nov 22, 2010): How to get the most out of job posting sites in your search for a great IT job!
Working with Professional Associations and Societies (Dec 6, 2010): Learn about some of the many professional organizations available to help you develop your career, and how to go out and look for more for your particular technology niches or areas of interest.
Working with a Personal Network (Nov 29, 2010): Learn how to interact with friends, family, colleagues, co-workers, schoolmates, and others who can (and probably will) help you kick your career up a proverbial notch.
Finding a Job That Fits (Nov 29, 2010): Learn how to ask the right questions (and collect the corresponding answers) to help you decide what kind of job you’d like to have and how to compare what you’ve already got (or may be offered) to what best fits your wants and needs.
Working with Technical Recruiters (Nov 24, 2010): Understand how technical recruiters operate and how you can benefit as they guide your search for an ideal job.
IT Job Roles and Related Certifications of Interest
When Ideal IT Job Candidates Meet Real Job Requirements (Oct 29, 2010): Get a good understanding of key IT job roles and the kinds of skills and knowledge that go with them. This will help ensure the most positive experience for applicants, no matter what kind of IT work they are after.
An Ideal PC Technician (Nov 1, 2010): Take a look at relevant certifications, technical skills and knowledge, and subject matter expertise of greatest interest to employers of PC technicians.
An Ideal Network Administrator (Nov 3, 2010): Take a look at relevant certifications, technical skills and knowledge, higher education, and subject matter expertise of greatest interest to employers seeking to hire network administrators.
An Ideal IT Internetworking Professional (Nov 15, 2010): Take a look at relevant certifications, technical skills and knowledge, higher education, and subject matter expertise of greatest interest to employers hiring IT internetworking professionals.
The Ideal Security Professional (Nov 8, 2010): Take a look at relevant certifications, technical skills and knowledge, higher education, and subject matter expertise of greatest interest to employers of security professionals.
An Ideal Project Manager (Nov 10, 2010): Take a look at relevant certifications, technical skills and knowledge, higher education, and subject matter expertise of greatest interest to employers hiring project managers.
An Ideal Programmer (Nov 24, 2010): A review of the qualifications that make for the best prospective programming job candidates.
As soon as I get my blog set-up and the summary page goes live on the PearsonITCertification.com Website, I’ll follow up with that information here. But in the meantime, here’s nearly two hundred pages of some of my best work, updated to be relevant to today’s certs, technologies, and economic situation.