Getting certified in the IT industry will no doubt add credibility to your resume. At all levels, but especially entry level, gaining the relevant certifications is a great way to stand out and potentially earn more money.

A survey by the Dice + Linux Foundation states that 80% of IT professionals feel networking certifications are helpful. With a huge 47% of HR Managers more likely to hire someone who is network certified – it makes sense to invest the time and money into gaining the right qualifications.

With so many different networking accreditations available, it can be a challenge to know where to start. With that in mind, we have compiled seven of the most popular certifications in the field and what you can expect from each one.

1. CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)

This is an entry level certification, ideal for people looking to get into networking roles. There are no formal prerequisites, however, Cisco suggests candidates have the following experience before taking the exam:

These are the areas you can expect to cover in the exam:

The CCNA certification is valid for three years.

You can read more about CCNA here.

2. CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional)

The CCNP is a more advanced qualification than the CCNA and requires a more in depth understanding of WANs and LANs. The course covers many different areas, including:

There is a core exam,` and one major concentration exam from one of the following subjects:

Cisco suggests that you have already gained the CCNA certification before embarking on the CCNP but it isn’t a mandatory prerequisite.

The CCNP certification will suit IT professionals that want to further their career and pursue the following roles:

CCNP is also valid for three years.

You can read more about CCNP here.

3. CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert)

CCIE is a series of technical certifications for senior networking professionals who design, build, implement, maintain, and troubleshoot complex enterprise networking infrastructures.

CCIE has 6 tracks that you can choose to study:

This certification is the highest level that CISCO provides and is considered to be one of the most prestigious in the networking field. Here are some job roles you may decide to pursue once you have completed the CCIE:

The CCIE certification is valid for two years.

You can read more about CCIE here.

4. CompTIA A+

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a vendor-neutral, independent source of information on cybersecurity, education, training, and certification of the global tech workforce.

The CompTIA A+ certification is ideal for people looking to get into entry level networking. It is aimed at professionals who have 9 to 12 months of hands-on experience in the lab or field and looking to get into the following roles:

It consists of two main exams covering these topics:

  1. Networking technology, mobile devices, virtulisation, cloud computing, hardware, and network troubleshooting.
  2. Operating system installations and configuration, improving security and troubleshooting software.

The CompTIA A+ is valid for three years.

Learn more about CompTIA A+ here.

5. CompTIA Network +

This certification validates the knowledge and skills needed to troubleshoot, configure, and manage wired and wireless networks. It also certifies a level of understanding around emerging technologies, including cloud and virtualisation.

CompTIA Network+ prepares candidates for the following job roles:

The CompTIA Network + is valid for three years.

Learn more about CompTIA Network+ here.

 6. AWS Certified Solutions Architect

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate examination is intended for individuals who perform a solutions architect role and have one or more years of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS.

You will learn:

AWS recommend you have at least 12 months experience in designing systems on AWS before sitting the exam. The certification is valid for three years.

Get more information on AWS Certified Solutions Architect here.

7. AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Speciality

The AWS Advanced Networking certification is designed for professionals who already perform complex networking tasks with AWS and is not an entry level qualification. It is designed to validate a candidate’s skills and experience in connection with performing complex networking tasks on AWS and hybrid IT networking architecture at scale, including the below:

AWS recommends that candidates for this particular certification already hold an Associate level one, for example, AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. Also, these skills are advantageous:

Again, this certification is valid for three years.

Get more information about AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Speciality here.

There are many more certifications out there. The ones we have outlined above give an overview of what some of the most popular networking certifications entail and what you can expect from each one. Which certification you choose to pursue will, of course, be based on your end goal and where you are currently at in your IT career.

Sources:

https://www.comptia.org/certifications/a

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/training-events/training-certifications/certifications/expert.html

https://www.newhorizons.com/article/how-to-become-a-network-engineer

https://www.worldwidelearn.com/guide-to/technology/computer-networking-major/

https://www.quickstart.com/blog/what-is-ccna-and-ccnp-in-networking/

https://www.simplilearn.com/cisco-certifications-ccna-vs-ccnp-rar408-article

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Source, Hire And Manage With Ease

There is no doubt that technological advancement has opened up the world of freelancing in recent years. Communication tools and methods mean we are more connected than ever. This ability to communicate with anyone, at anytime, anywhere around the world means it is much easier to manage a distributed workforce, contractors and remote freelancers.

The 2020 Intuit Report highlights that, ‘The trend of hiring contingent workers will continue to accelerate, with more than 80% of large corporations planning to sustainably increase their use of a flexible workforce.’

Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) is nothing new, according to a recent publication by Statista, the global market size of IT outsourced services is 92.5bn USD and ITO contract value worldwide is 66.5bn USD. For many large corporations, it is far more logical to outsource the whole of their IT business function to a service provider.

But with the rise of IT freelancing, it is now possible for companies of any size to source, hire, manage and coordinate individual freelancers or teams – here are 5 reasons why hiring an IT freelancer could be right for your business.

1. Direct access to a wide talent pool

When hiring for a full-time position, companies are limited to finding the exact skill set in their local area. By hiring a freelancer, they can cast the net wider – even globally depending on the nature of the work. Access to a platform such as techdeck.io that is purely dedicated to the IT industry, allows companies to connect with trusted talent around the world.

2. Flexible, quick and simple

 If a company is looking to fill a temporary skills gap for a project, going the freelance route is quick and easy. A flexible workforce that can be hired 24/7 means companies can remain agile.

3. High quality work with defined deliverables

 It is in a freelancer’s best interest to do an exceptional job. Hiring a freelancer often means you get an experienced professional that can give a project their full attention. By having a dedicated resource, you can get the work done efficiently, to a high standard, in a time frame that suits your company.

4. Affordable costs

 As opposed to hiring a full-time resource, engaging with a freelancer means you don’t need to think about overheads, such as a workspace, benefits or any equipment. You can manage budgets more effectively by paying a fixed rate cost for the work or agreeing an hourly rate with an agreed Scope of Works.

5. Risk Reduction

Hiring a freelancer for a project or ad hoc job means you can scope out a contract with key deliverables before any payment is made. You don’t have to think about training an employee, investing time and money in the process only to potentially lose on that investment if they decide to leave.

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Where to start?

Freelancing in the IT world is becoming increasingly popular. Whether you are a qualified IT hardware technician looking to make a move into freelancing, a graduate just starting out or thinking about a career in IT hardware support – you are in the right place!

In this blog post we will look at the roles and responsibilities of an IT hardware technician, what qualifications are expected and discuss the steps and benefits of becoming a freelancer in this field of work.

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What do hardware technicians do?

Typical responsibilities of an IT hardware technician include:

What skills and qualifications do you need?

To get into this field of work these general skills and qualifications are required:

How do you get into freelancing?

Many professionals prefer to start out in freelancing as a side activity rather than launching into it as their main source of income – this is a great way to dip your toe in the water and see if freelancing is for you. Here’s some tips when you are starting out:

1. Develop a niche skill set

Honing your skills is a great place to start. Become experienced in a certain technology or aspect of IT hardware support. For example, specialise in the support of OEM equipment such as, Cisco, HP or Dell. Build your skill set, identify your strengths and create a CV that demonstrates these.

2. Build your portfolio

This is important as it demonstrates to a potential client your experience. Freelancing can be competitive, by creating a portfolio that is clear and stands out can give you competitive edge.

3. Know what to charge

This might involve some research – take a look at what other freelancers charge in this field of work and in your local geography.

4. Find opportunities

There are several ways to find freelance opportunities including; freelance platforms, existing networks on platforms such as LinkedIn, marketing yourself by promoting your portfolio via a personal website.

What are the benefits?

Freelancing isn’t for everyone but it can provide you with certain benefits:

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The Future Is Freelance

 There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has led to a restructuring of not only the global workplace but also the global workforce. Businesses around the world have been forced to reassess their company employment processes and many are exploring new resources, such as freelancers.

 Freelance work is on the rise, these global stats speak for themselves:

What About the IT Freelance Market?

During the first lockdown back in March 2020, the negative impact of the world coming to a standstill was felt across the IT industry. Many projects were cancelled or postponed. However, as the world of work changed, our reliance on being more digitally connected than ever before took priority.

Many businesses have invested time and money into building a more secure and robust IT infrastructure to support their home working employees and this is set to continue throughout 2021. According to a recent Gartner study, worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.9 trillion this year. Enterprise software is expected to have the strongest rebound as remote work environments are expanded and improved. The predicted spend on global IT services alone is just over $1 trillion. The IT freelance market is set to boom as the world economies start to recover from the effects of the pandemic.

A Freelance Platform 100% Dedicated to the IT Industry

At Techdeck, we’ve designed a platform to simplify the way businesses connect to IT professionals around the world. It is more than a traditional online marketplace that often spans many different sectors, our approach is a hybrid model. We have combined the simplicity of a freelance platform with the professional processes of a recruitment agency to produce an experience that is both flexible and tailored to all of our users.

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Your IT professional profile within the Techdeck platform is essentially your shop window. It is your introduction to businesses and an opportunity for you to showcase your expertise and experience. The more precise and coherent your profile, the easier it will be for businesses to search your skills and invite you to check out relevant job posts. First impressions most definitely count, here are some tips on how to create a profile that will maximise impact.

Create a Standout Headline

Select a High-Quality Profile Photograph

Be Precise About Your Skills and Expertise

Include Your Professional Certifications

Clearly Define Your Employment History

Expand on Your Educational Background

Extra Tips and Pointers

If you have any additional skills, include them in the ‘skills and expertise’ section. For example:

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