Unfortunately, neither a CCNP or an MCSE is an outright ticket to a good job these days, but neither credential will hurt you, either. If you want to work more on the networking infrastructure side of the business, I recommend pursuing Cisco; if you want to work more with systems and the departmental/LAN side of the business, I recommend the MCSE. Either one should help you persuade employers to take you more seriously. Thus, your choice should be dictated more by how you want to spend your time -- that is, what type of job you'd like to see yourself doing -- rather than by which one is more likely to produce the good job you so obviously seek. Good luck,
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