IT Certification is now and in the past has been a very highly sought after skill. In the past, it was rare to find highly qualified IT candidates with this certification and even if you did someone with limited experience could easily be deficient. However, not any more.
Although one can take a few hours to obtain and then study for exams (in fact, you may well study for an IT Certification and then give your exam certification in your spare time), you will rarely see any certification for those that become certified. Yet, on the flip side, you will literally see all these IT professional there. So what does this mean and why can’t the distinction be made between Certification and Certification?
The simple answer is, there aren’t any certificates or credentials for any IT roles, roles or expertise. However, there are certainly some roles (such a management level announced by the person in charge) that require certification or moving from one level to a higher level to an IT certification or qualification in that area. However, during that time, the company is really looking for a specific IT specialist for that role.
I’ll use the IT certifications as an example. A company would like to hire a CIO, CTO, CIO security consultant or whatever, but doesn’t care if he/she is good at his or her job or doesn’t look that good with a bloodshot-c Darius up, so they feel that if the IT person else is, they can get a CIO and whatever without any problems.
Of course, if there is another IT expert that is already an IT professional available in the same company, they may not have anything to worry about since the IT professional is properly certified. That said, it is important for the company to verify both the IT professional and the certification.
I would suggest that each IT professional and even an IT resume should contain some sort of certification. There are some companies that may not realize it but having a certificate or proof of certification is a key part of the hiring process. However, more and more I feel that while personnel leaders of companies have been made aware of this need, they are not taking the necessary action to reconcile it when you’re interviewing.
Companies are repeatedly finding for a much longer period of time that an IT professional with certification can demonstrate that he or she is well suited to meet an IT role. When the ROI is a significant difference, that may not be so difficult.
On the other hand, I believe there are as many examples where only certification is required and that it should become part of the resume.
Yes, certification can be a critical part of the hiring process and should be your first step, but it really can be an inferior sign that the person they have hired is a less skilled IT professional. When we mentioned earlier that it was difficult to determine if a certification is accurate, this has terrible implications on the other individuals that they have hired.
If you feel that certification is a key component of your role in a company, you have the right to ask in a way that reflects your IT encountered and experience in your resume. However, make sure that you’re of the opinion that your purpose in this letter is to meet with a company manager and not so much to overcome the certification process.
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