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Microsoft Learning is Hiring-inquire within

I just received a request to ask around for anyone who might be interested in a position with Microsoft Learning. The job description is below. If you are interested, please use my contact form to ask how to apply.

Would you like to be a key driver in Microsoft’s brand new certification program that enables individuals to differentiate themselves as well as directly impact technology success? The Microsoft Learning Certification group is building an innovative certification program and we need a creative, results-oriented program manager to help drive planning of this important new certification program. You’ll work in partnership with the product manager and with key stakeholders in the Microsoft product group to define the right portfolio of certification exams and assessments. From there you’ll work with the development teams to ensure the products are delivered within program time constraints.

As a long time industry leader, Microsoft’s certification program drives deep customer capability and lifelong loyalty for Microsoft, solid return on investment for our customers and partners, and career opportunities for millions of individuals around the world. But we’re never satisfied. Could you drive worldwide relevance and innovation excellence by envisioning new ways of teaching, training and certifying people? Do you have what it takes to transform the largest and most-respected IT certification program in the world? If so then we have the opportunity for you to excel at Microsoft Learning.

The successful candidate will be extremely inventive and be able to manage multiple concurrent projects. We’re looking for someone with a passion for skills acquisition and validation. Excellent oral and written communication, organizational, and arbitration skills are required. Deep understanding of the information worker audience is highly desired. Everyone on our team is extremely excited about the project, and the program manager will need to channel that excitement into unique and compelling program that ships on time.

Specific requirements include:

  • A minimum of 3-5 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience required

  • Sound problem resolution, judgment, negotiating/prioritization and decision making skills

  • BS/BA from an accredited university in Computer Science, MIS, Business or a related field

  • Good oral and solid written communications skills

  • Able to drive resolution to complex problems in a cross-group environment utilizing solid interpersonal skills

  • Solid familiarity with MS applications such as Word, Excel, Visio, etc.

This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.

Microsoft Calling For Opinions on Dev Certs

Some time ago, I contacted Microsoft and rather rudely voiced my dismay about developer certification. It’s too easy to get, and doesn’t really provide any value as far as an indication of your skill level. The guys in charge of Microsoft Learning have finally given us the opportunity to weigh in on what we feel should be included in the Whidbey certification exams and how they should be changed to reflect today’s developer and hiring manager needs. Additional feedback on what benefits should and should not be included is also welcome!

I’m desperately calling for your help and the help of any developers you may know. Please get the word out about this. Go to [I’ve removed the forums link] and register your opinion! If you would prefer not to join the public debate, please feel free to email your anonymous opinion to

I sincerely thank you in advance for your assistance.

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