What are the Best Entry-Level and Intermediate IT Certifications?

Posted by Kelly Grant, Senior IT Recruiter

Tech companies want employees with the latest knowledge and skills, and IT certifications demonstrate a person’s mastery of an IT technology or practice. Certifications also show a dedication to the profession and a desire to stay up-to-date on the latest innovations.

I read an article by Robert Half about the most valuable IT certifications in today’s tech job market. https://www.roberthalf.com/blog/salaries-and-skills/which-it-certifications-are-most-valuable

According to the article, if you are an entry-level, or intermediate IT professional, the following are some of the most valuable certifications to earn in today’s job market:

“CompTIA issues certifications for a variety of technologies and platforms, but one stands above the rest in terms of value to IT pros:”

  • “CompTIA A+: Get started in IT with this foundational certificate. It’s all about hardware, technical support and troubleshooting. It also covers best practices in security, networking, operational procedures, mobile devices and various operating systems.”

The article states the most valuable Microsoft certifications include:

  • “Microsoft Office Specialist: The MOS, MOS Expert and MOS Master certifications show your competence level in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, SharePoint, OneNote and Exchange. They’re not just for administrative professionals — these certifications are also helpful for IT workers in cloud computing and general tech support.”
  • “Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: MCSE certifications come in several specializations and show that you have the skills to manage servers, data systems, storage, private clouds, networking and more, depending on which ones you successfully complete.”
  • “Microsoft Certified Solution Developer: Getting the MCSD certification shows that you have what it takes to design and create apps across a wide range of Windows products.”

“As Cisco is a leading provider of infrastructure products, a certificate from this company confirms that the holder is prepared for the latest developments and best practices in networking. The most essential are:”

  • “Cisco Certified Network Associate: A step up from Cisco’s entry-level certification, CCNAs can specialize in one of the following areas: cloud, collaboration, cyber operations, data center, industrial/IoT, routing and switching, security, service provider, and wireless.”
  • “Cisco Certified Network Professional: A step up from the associate level, the CCNP is a more advanced IT certificate in one of the above specialty areas.”

Some companies, including TCC, pay for professional development for employees, which makes earning a certification affordable, and a great way to expand your skill set, pave the way for advancement, and stand out from the crowd when looking for a new position.

To learn more about TCC please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/who-we-are.

 

TCC Seeks a Software Developer II

Posted by Kelly Grant, TCC Senior Technical Recruiter

The Software Developer will be assigned to an internal software development team working on TCC’s mobile workforce productivity application. Candidate will work within the TCC HQ in Indianapolis under the direction of TCC Project Manager.

Responsibilities
• Deploy software in a well-planned manner with complete coordination with all end users
• Consistently meet time lines and maintain awareness of schedules
• Interpret business technical and functional requirements and design solutions to meet those requirements
• Work effectively in a team environment and balance individually assigned work
• Perform modifications to complex, multi-user systems
• Work independently and be customer service oriented

Qualifications
• Associate’s Degree in Computer Science or a comparable degree or equivalent work/school experience.
• 5+ years’ experience participating in collaborative development environment preferred.
• Extensive experience with Microsoft based technologies:
o C# and .NET technologies
o LINQ, Entity Framework, REST Web API
o MVVM – MUST HAVE
o WPF – Desired
o Microsoft SQL Server, Stored Procedures
o Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
o Team Foundation Server, TFS User Stories – Desired
• Able to automate routine maintenance and tasks via scripting languages
• Experience with multi-tier application design and development and knowledge of design patterns
• Unit testing and integration
• Understanding of distributed systems and data structures, both in design and implantation.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Benefits
• Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
• Employer-funded Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
• Company sponsored 401k
• Paid Time Off

To apply to this position please visit our website https://jobs.ourcareerpages.com/job/450658?source=TCCSoftwareSolutions&jobFeedCode=TCCSoftwareSolutions&returnURL=https://www.e-tcc.com/

About TCC
Founded in 1996 in Indianapolis, IN, The Consultants Consortium (TCC) is an innovative solutions provider committed to designing and delivering high-value, cost-effective IT consulting services and application technology solutions for both the private and public sectors. With a team of more than 250 IT and business professionals, TCC serves clients nationwide, from state and federal government agencies to commercial sector customers. TCC is committed to providing the most cutting edge solutions, and with that, ensures they stay up-to-date on crucial certifications and affiliations. Among these are the highly accredited Microsoft Certifications.

At TCC, we know that having a strong company culture is paramount in sustaining the success and stability of the company, especially within the information technology industry. That’s why we place our focus on the people who make our success possible: our employees, partners and clients. We strive to create an environment that preserves and fosters growth while still promoting the DNA of our company.

Our core values:
• Building strong, reliable relationships with our employees, our partners and our clients
• Upholding integrity, honesty and respect
• Supporting our local community
• Encouraging continued education and development

Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process
please contact Human Resources at Email: tcc.recruiting@e-tcc.com

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

IT Certifications Are Valuable in Today’s IT Job Market

Posted by Kelly Grant, Senior IT Recruiter

Tech companies want employees with the latest knowledge and skills, and IT certifications demonstrate a person’s mastery of an IT technology or practice. Certifications also show a dedication to the profession and a desire to stay up-to-date on the latest innovations.

I read an article by Robert Half about the most valuable IT certifications in today’s tech job market. https://www.roberthalf.com/blog/salaries-and-skills/which-it-certifications-are-most-valuable

The article listed the following as some of the most valuable:

  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • CompTIA A+
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
  • ITIL
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

Some companies, including TCC, pay for professional development for employees, which makes earning a certification affordable, and a great way to expand your skill set, pave the way for advancement, and stand out from the crowd when looking for a new position.

To learn more about TCC please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/who-we-are.

 

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) for Defense Contractors Being Implemented by DoD. Is Your Company Ready to be Audited?

Posted by Stephen Palamara, TCC Director of Business Development

Recently, the Department of Defense announced that it will soon unveil a new cybersecurity standard and certification for defense contractors, called the “Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification” (CMMC). This program will mandate cybersecurity audits and certifications for defense contractors.

At the 2019 Federal Acquisition Conference Presented by PSC on June 13, 2019, Katie Arrington, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition for Cyber, Office of the Under Secretary of Acquisition and Sustainment, gave a presentation titled “Securing the Supply Chain”. The full PowerPoint presentation can be viewed here https://insidedefense.com/document/dod-briefing-slides-securing-supply-chain.

In this presentation, Ms. Arrington announced that all DoD contractors that interact with Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) must comply with 110 cybersecurity best practices as outlined in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-171. Currently, contractors are required to self-certify that they meet the security requirements, but with the implementation of CMMC, it will no longer be possible to self-certify compliance. The CMMC initiative requires all contractor information systems to be certified as compliant by an independent auditor.

The details of CMMC are still being finalized, however the DoD stated that the levels within CMMC will range from basic cyber hygiene to “state-of-the-art,” and will capture security control and the institutionalization of processes. It is anticipated that implementation will begin over the next year.

Contractors can take steps now to reach compliance with NIST 800-171 and prepare for the certification audit. Preparation includes completing an assessment of cybersecurity compliance, a System Security Plan (SSP), a Plan of Action and Milestones (PoAM), and an Incident Response Plan (IRP).

To find out more about TCC’s Security Services, including NIST 800-171 and NIST 800-53 Gap & Remediation Services, please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/security-services, or contact me via email at Stephen.Palamara@e-tcc.com.