86 percent of hiring managers indicate IT certifications are a high or medium priority during the candidate evaluation process. (CompTIA, Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, January 2011)
Eight in ten HR execs verify certifications among job candidates. (CompTIA, Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, January 2011)
Ninety-one percent of hiring managers consider certification as part of their hiring criteria. (Microsoft, Microsoft Certification Program Satisfaction Study, April 2012)
64 percent of IT hiring managers rate certifications as having extremely high or high value in validating the skills and expertise of job candidates. (CompTIA, Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, January 2011)
In a survey of 700 IT networking professionals, 60 percent said certification led to a new job. (Network World and SolarWinds, IT Networking Study, October 2011).
When you pass a Microsoft Certification exam, you become a member of the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) community with access to all of the benefits provided through the Microsoft Certification Program. You can use your Microsoft account to access the MCP member sites, where you’ll find lots of ways to keep your skills relevant, applicable, and competitive.
Exams you pass and certifications you earn become part of your official transcript, which you can allow potential employers to access directly. A Microsoft Certification is an industry standard that is recognized worldwide and can help open doors to potential job opportunities.
So with all that in mind, it was easy to trudge forward with the exam. Afterward I had no need to wait on my results as I was sure I had passed . I then within three weeks had my first good job working with Google building server farms. An exciting job that had direct benefits and satisfaction knowing so many people knowingly and unknowingly relied on my skills. who would have thought that it took so much work to make things look so easy !!!
So when I thought about passing Exam 70-461 :
Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-462 : Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
Exam 70-463 : Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 just so I could take the exam to get my MCSE Business Intelligence Certificate, and the fun I had,people I met and the sleepless nights studying,I realized how important certifications are.