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8 Reasons IT Certifications Still Matter In 2016

Despite the issues associated with IT certifications, they can give you a leg up on the competition and advance your IT career.


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IT certifications

Good practical advice here Andrew. I imagine a lot of employers set a baseline with certification requirements when they're looking to fill a position.

Re: IT certifications

Marcia; Correct -- certs are a common baseline when looking to fill a position. While I don't necessarily think they're incredibly important once experience is gained, it's often the primary factor employees look for when searching for prospective candidates. And if you want to be in IT, certifications are part of playing the game.

Re: IT certifications

"And if you want to be in IT, certifications are part of playing the game."
@ Andrew, perfect! but we need to go beyond IT pros certifications by raising IT companies certifcations. I will say it is also more challenging for the whole company! Many vendors, are certifications level that target companies.

Re: IT certifications

A real case, is that two years ago, there was a big UC deal into the country and the customer call the vendor (Cisco) and the vendor of recommended valuable (based on certifications) integrators. So last year, the comapny decide to go for Advanced Collaboration certification. And now we are a reference as in Security (for ISE) in all the west Africa, Routunig and Switching, and Collaboration. As the market of Data Center is growing, we are now on the path for Advanced DC :)

Re: IT certifications

Based on the company level of partnership, which is obtained by the number of certifications or with your annual sales deal in this specific products, you have some privileges.

Re: IT certifications

In this case for example, the "game" is the following, a customer want to solution from a specific vendor, so it can call the vendor and ask for a local patner recommandation. So based on the company level of partnership, it can be selected and win the deal. Here is an big challenge.

Re: IT certifications

This was a good article in support of getting an certification of some sort. I have never truly believed in certifications but I do see it from a different angle as a result of your piece Andrew.

I can now appreciate how a cert might increase your pay especially if you are working for a consulting company Not to mention learning for learning sake, and then have something tangible to show for it.

I am going to reconsider my stance on certs , now I just need to find one that I really have interest in.

Headhunter Search

I completely agree with author about Headhunter search, yes headhunter do search candidates with keyword as certification making their search much efficient and evident. I believe this practice will continue, to search more precisely for quality and deserving candidates. Till an extent certification do add weight to your career and resume, making impressive enough to be shortlisted or considered.

Re: Headhunter Search

“I believe this practice will continue, to search more precisely for quality and deserving candidates. Till an extent certification do add weight to your career and resume, making impressive enough to be shortlisted or considered.”

Aditshar, you are very right. certification can brings more visibility to your resume and finally an interview call too.

Re: Headhunter Search

I'm not convinced that certification requirements necessarily lead to that to a great deal. Truth be told, anyone who's been in the job/industry long enough can already pass or near-pass the relevant certification exam without doing a lick of studying. Certifications serve as but social proof, but who would you rather hire? Someone who doesn't have the certification but is truly a demonstrable expert? Or someone who does have the certification but who had to work really really hard to study and get it and has already forgotten most of it?

Re: Headhunter Search

Taking headhunter serach into consideration, i agree certification makes chances of resume shortlisting. Apart from this Joe keeps up good point about truth be told with relevant experinace. Certification study may get fade with time until you keep working on same technology and solution. Seeking to agressive changes in technology we are going though, i doubt a single certification can help.

Re: Headhunter Search

i agree @virsingh211. We need to broaden until coding / algorithm! of course if we need to survive.

Re: Headhunter Search

Certifications will still revelant and now more as there are many IT pros and all will get years of experience at a moment. Let's have a look at the Cisco expert level design certification. It is a new big challenge nowadays.

Re: Headhunter Search

We can notice that, recruiters don't mention it yet, but when we discuss with this track team, they said that the CCIE track also met this same problem until it becomes a key criteria for selection.

Re: Headhunter Search

I usually call this track as the Layer 8 exam.

Re: Headhunter Search

" ...Certifications serve as but social proof, but who would you rather hire? Someone who doesn't have the certification but is truly a demonstrable expert? Or someone who does have the certification but who had to work really really hard to study and get it and has already forgotten most of it? "

Well said Joe. I have built my career on the former but I can empathize with the latter scenario.

Re: Headhunter Search

@aditshar1 Interesting. Because I don’t have any certs, I really never thought about Headhunters starting their search based on it - makes sense when you think about it.

Re: Headhunter Search

Class C, when competition is more, its like a kind of filtration method and nothing more than that. I know peoples have better experience and knowledge than certified professionals.

Re: Headhunter Search

@Mynet Interesting. I see your point. Thanks for your always honest feedback.

Re: Headhunter Search

Interesting. I see your point. Thanks for your always honest feedback.”

Welcome, it’s a straight answer than diplomatic way of presentation.

Re: Headhunter Search

Yes, i agree. It is one of the first two rules to filter candidates (years of experience | certifications).

Certification

“Over the years, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the certification process. But in the end, the career benefits of having technology certifications far outweigh the amount of time and effort put in to earn them.”

Andrew, No doubt that, certifications have its own value, visibility and weightage in career prospective. Certifications are something which registers or duly acknowledge your skills after a short training or exam.

Jobs

It's funny to see the "Still" in the headline for me. I am seeing certifications *increasingly* matter -- especially in the past year or so -- to HR departments and hiring managers. CISSP and CISM are particularly hot lately, in my experience.

Re: Jobs

@Joe Thanks for the information. As I was wondering what kinds of certs the Networking community might have in general. Please share everyone.

Re: Jobs

Cisco and Microsoft, now some are adding Vmware since we have NV and beyond with their NSX product.

Re: Jobs

Hi ClassC, i would like also to mention that programming skill mostly into python, due to the automation era! but no way to get certified in, at least in my opinion :)

Re: Jobs

We must also pau attention to linux skill so certificaiton, as i think it will drive the IT world. Networking with all the new trends reach the time where we are building, redesigning, innovating,.. and many of these products are linux based. About the networking kernel is another discussion :)

Re: Jobs

Hi Joe, yes, the CISSP is in my path. here in my country Sec auditor skills are highly demanded, even if you have the CISA, it's enough.

Certifications

Class C, Cisco and Microsoft certifications are most suited for Networking professionals.

Re: Certifications

Thanks Mynet. Since I see much more Microsoft based products than I do Cisco. I think that is the direction to focus on - for me at least.

Re: Certifications

You are right Class C. It again depends up on your domain knowledge and proficiency.

Companies Certifications

The value of IT certifications is very important nowadays and this also for IT companies.