Does Certification Really Help My Career?
Why Do Employers Want Certifications?
- Validates Skills – Employers need to know that you have the hard, technical skillsets necessary to succeed on the job. If you are certified, it ensures them that you know what you’re doing, will require less training, and will make meaningful contributions to their organization.
- Validates Experience – Employers face serious difficulties in evaluating whether or not your experience in a field is relevant and valid… after all, you may have 15 years of experience in just a tiny portion of what’s typically required for that role. Certifications prove to employers that you have the hard job skills necessary to succeed.
- Skills Are Up To Date – As technology advances and employers change, it becomes extremely important that your skills are up-to-date. If you have experience in Microsoft Office 2003 and the employer is using 2010, they may skip your resume. Have extensive experience in Microsoft Server 2003? Most IT departments are on Server 08 R2 or later, so in order to be competitive it’s time to update your skillset!
- Indicates Work Ethic – Obtaining an industry-recognized Certification takes a lot of work. Certified workers have worked hard to gain their certifications, and employers know that it takes dedication and intelligence. Acquiring one of these certifications is something to be proud of, and employers know that you are able to set goals and are willing to work hard to achieve them.
- Indicates Learning Ability – Employers need to know that you are not only a skilled worker now, but able to learn and adapt with company and technology shifts. Certification shows that you are able and willing to learn. This is an especially great opportunity for seasoned workers to prove that they are up-to-date with the industry and technology.
- Indicates Career Focus – Employers favor job seekers who are focused on their industry or field. They want workers who are passionate about what they do. Certification tells an employer that you are serious about your career, not just another resume seeking “whatever’s available.”
Certification tells me that this is a job candidate who is serious about being successful in this particular field. It tells me they enjoy this field and are willing to do what it takes. – Employer