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October 4, 2012 5:32:53 AM

I have Sec+ cert, what cert do you guys recommend getting next to increase my market value if i don't reenlist?

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October 4, 2012 9:48:24 AM

Depends on what area you would like to specialise in. Security? Systems Admin? Networks? Virtualisation? etc...
October 4, 2012 12:40:14 PM

I am sorry, i thought i added sys admin to my post, i apologize friend.
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October 4, 2012 2:21:40 PM

A+ and Network+ are good ones to add to your Sec+. After those you are looking at more specific certs for whatever career path you are looking for (Linux+, MCTS, MCSE).
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October 4, 2012 2:24:03 PM

OK no need for apologies, what "hands on" experience do you have at the moment, are you working in an IT department at present? I am going to assume a Microsoft environment so you could start with a Windows 7 or 8 MCTS then progress to either an MCSA in 2008 or 2012 Server. Virtualisation skills are in big demand so it's probably worth looking to gain a Hyper-V certification also.

As I am unsure of your present situation I will add this piece of advice - if you're not working and gaining experience in a hands on role and think just gaining certs will land you a reasonably well paid job as an administrator, it won't. CIOs look for experience in the role that someone is applying for.

Experience = Good

Experience and certs = Very good

Certs and no experience = Not so good
October 5, 2012 2:30:13 AM

i do IT in the Marine Corps so i have hands on experience and i am still getting daily experience. I was looking at NET+ next like ish416 said but at the moment where i am at there is no way to get certs.
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October 5, 2012 2:34:23 AM

ZombieSlayer said:
i do IT in the Marine Corps so i have hands on experience and i am still getting daily experience. I was looking at NET+ next like ish416 said but at the moment where i am at there is no way to get certs.


Find out what the USMC uses (I assume that you already know most of this) and get certs that boost your knowledge in those areas. If the USMC uses Microsoft platforms, get some Microsoft certs. If they use IBM, get IBM. If they use any other UNIX, get Novell. Having more certs doesn't necessarily make your IT-wang bigger but it certainly can't hurt if they're paying for it.
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