If you want to get more certificates but you cannot afford those, perhaps you could try Udemy. Once in a while they offer some free courses and they all will give you a certificate.
There are also very cheap certificates (AU$ 20), such as the one we offer through their interface, which actually has got a very meaningful name, a name that causes a lot of impact: Advanced Tools for the Experienced Systems Analyst (https://www.udemy.com/u/marciarpinheiro/).
If you want to prove you know something without having a certificate, you can try some sites that specialize in that and provide you with a key that you can make available to others.
In this case, you can try Smarterer (it is free. The own questions and time for those, also technical side, IT, might be a problem, but you may be lucky and get a test that is worth it. The truth is that nobody will know of whatever problem you found there and the names plus what is offered look OK). They have tests for C++ and C#, for instance.
Their address is http://www.smarterer.com/.
You can also try http://www.u2test.com/default.htm.
This second option brings more technical questions. The same remarks apply. It is also free.
If you want to prove that you can enter data, say you are applying for a data entry position, and even if you want to practice or learn, you have at least two good options, and they are both free:
If you want a source of black and white symbols that you can change into colored through, for instance, Microsoft Word, so that you improve the looks of your website, for instance, you can try the following websites (all free):
If you want to acquire contacts in the metier and you do not have money or you do not know how to start, join LinkedIn (it is free too):
This is for you to do social networking and acquire contacts in any branch of IT. We are in this one too and you can find us through the e-mail
People like us may be officially out of the IT circuit but because they are always working with IT in their normal lives and in their jobs, are always involved with something that is dense and related, they will be at least a good connector for you, if nothing else (the book Tipping Point, which is a horrible book in our opinion, brings a set of names that seems to be quite useful here. We would classify ourselves as a maven, but at least sometimes we play the role of the connectors).
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