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  Asked By: Alec    Date: Jan 31    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1493

Please accept my apologies in advance if this isn't the appropriate
group/place to post this. I have been a member of this group for many months
and haven't seen this asked so thought that I would. What is the best way to
gain the Sharepoint experience necessary to get a job in this current
economy. I was laid off from my job as a Senior Systems Analyst last
November where I was the administrator for among other things their
Enterprise Document and Content management systems. We were looking to
switch to Sharepoint when they released their 2010 version but unfortunately
I was laid off before this happened. So now I'm without a job and I didn't
receive the on the job experience necessary that employers are requesting
for Sharepoint. Could I install, configure and administer their Sharepoint
system? - absolutely but I don't have the track record to prove this.

Would taking any of the classes or getting any of the certifications be
helpful with this? Obviously being unemployed, I wouldn't want to pay for
classes or certifications unless they would pretty much assure my getting a



6 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Destiny Lewis     Answered On: Jan 31

Classes and certifications will help get your resume noticed, but then you will
need to document  knowledge and experience  to back them up in an interview. As
you've already seen experience can be the issue. Here's what I would try. See
if you can find any non-profits in the area that are getting started with
SharePoint. Agree to setup and administer their systems  for a time for a very
low wage or as a volunteer. Then when prospective employer's ask about your
experience you can relate some real on the job  work.

Answer #2    Answered By: Tanisha Rowe     Answered On: Jan 31

Real-world experience  not only
looks better on you resume, but it also gives you practical hands-on
knowledge that no class or certification can duplicate.

If you're short on local nonprofits, you might try setting up your own WSS
box (now that's an education) and setting out to solve some business
problem. The guys at Bamboo Solutions have published a "WSS on Vista" hack,
so you wouldn't even need a server OS.

Answer #3    Answered By: Sierra Lewis     Answered On: Jan 31

Also you can download a virtual machine from the microsoft site, and create a
test environment to practice your skills.

Take a look at www.endusersharepoint.com, there is a large amount of information
there to get you started.

Answer #4    Answered By: Dwight Becker     Answered On: Jan 31

Also, if you look at the 70-630 an 70-631 exams (70-630 is the MOSS one and the
best if you only grab one). They will plug any holes on your MOSS knowledge.
Grab the transcenders $100, the administrators companion book $50, and then the
price of the exam $125.

When I work with clients who are hiring MOSS guys, the 70-630 is one of the
pre-requisites. There are way to many hacks in MOSS-land. You really get some
great knowledge on MOSS with that exams. the 70-631 is pretty good too though it
focuses more or on the networking and system monitoring side of things.

Do all the virtual labs technet has to offer as well

Answer #5    Answered By: Amar Kumbar     Answered On: Jan 31

You could also go through the trouble of setting up a small SharePoint as a
demonstration to any head hunter/hiring manager you speak to that you know your
way around. It would also be a good way to prepare for the exam too.

Answer #6    Answered By: Marc Dixon     Answered On: Jan 31

I agree with what the others have suggested. In addition, the exams are only
$125/ea x 2. Totally worth it.

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