Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: in front of the keyboard
all my job leads over the past few years have come from friends, former coworkers, etc. Most HR ppl I've talked to prefer to find employees that way over head hunters. I personally have never had much luck with them and I've been laid off 3 times and never been out of work over 3 weeks. Once was just a day, another was only a week.
Guess it all depends on the stuff you are after and what you want to do. Smaller shops don't usually require MCSE and some just list it cause its the only thing they know. I've worked with a few and even my brother at Dell is one but he lacks the real world experience I have. MCSE test are just knowing microsofts answers and usually not the best or what really works.
Good luck with the MCSE stuff. Feel free to hit me up with any other questions. I'm probably not the best example but heck I've been doing this stuff since I was 21-22 and made pretty much made 45-60k at any of my jobs I've had with no certs at all other than a few vendor certs.