I'm someone pretty new to these forums, ask a few t-shoot Q's once in a while and I need a bit of help deciding on which MS cert will help me get going again in IT. I got A+ about a decade ago, studied Net+ but never got certified, or mastered it, supported proprietary software (and Windows XP and 98, & printers) for 6 years, and now bounce around doing crap jobs for IT temp agencies (among other things).
I was in an SQL database program (twice) but both got canceled due to bean-counters or incompetent instructors, but that's a tangent. That's where I'm going as soon as I can land a steady gig.
I think my best chance for a steady job is one of the following certs:
MCTS: Windows & Configuration
MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician
MCITP: Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Admin
MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician
I like working with hardware and read a lot about things like new technology, firmware and drivers. I'd rather deal with hardware any day, some software problems drive me nuts. However, straight hardware gigs are almost non-existent and low pay. I've picked up a few things re: laptops but know I need to up my game w/supporting 7 and 8. I don't want to sit and do phone support, I'd like to find a gig where I move around some and pick up skills.
So I read some threads here but didn't find anything real close. Could anyone take a stab at my situation and would one of the above certs be the best one to get the attention of the staffing agencies? I'm thinking the last one looks good. I have access to some decent training materials.