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How can I prove to my unemployment benefits case manager that certs are an absolute necessity for an

I am unemployed at present and need certifications. I am attempting to get state unemployment to pay for or partner for courses. I need some hard evidence to present to the case manager, showing why certifications are needed for an IT career. Currently I have five years help desk experience, but no formal training or certs. I know Win2k Pro, run a small LAN with two PCs connected to a Windows 2000 Server. Without formal training to prepare for exams, I am fighting an uphill battle. Any assistance you can provide would be helpful.

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Your best source of ammunition is on Certification Magazine's Web site. You should be able to find recent, salary and employment surveys that indicate a positive correlation between technical certification and employment prospects as well as pay. I'd also urge you to clip hard-copy classified ads that mention certification requirements, and to build yourself a collection of online job postings that do the same. You should be able to make a pretty compelling case with this kind of information to bolster your contentions.

Good luck!

Editor's note: also has a salary survey that you can use to compare salaries with certs and salaries without certs.

This was first published in December 2002

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