Unfortunately, there’s not a definitive, cut-and-dried answer to that question. It’s complicated and can be tricky to navigate the whole “should I?” or “shouldn’t I?” issue when it comes to seeking professional certification.
You might be considering an update or upgrade in your current skills as a means to advance in your field. In some cases, a professional certification makes all the difference. In other situations, a certificate is of little value because hiring managers are looking for experience or a specific skill set rather than credentials.
In fields such as medicine and teaching, certifications and accreditations are seen as the “entrance ticket” to the profession. In others areas, certifications, while not mandatory, can significantly improve your chances of either landing a job, receiving a promotion, getting a raise or being assigned additional responsibilities.
It’s important to note that the majority of professional certificate programs are designed for people already working in a particular field. These programs are not as suited for people with limited work experience or recent high school graduates.
On the other hand, while lower level certificates often don’t cause a significant career impact, these basic certificates shouldn’t be dismissed as they can be considered stepping stones. It makes sense that the value of certifications increases with the difficulty and experience required to get them. That translates into the greatest career impact being realized from the more advanced, industry and position-specific certifications.
These credentials are a few of the growing number of certifications being sought-after by employers:
This certification, the most globally-recognized credential in the field of project management, tests candidates in the areas of initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and closing. The popular certificate provides the project management skills necessary in a wide variety of industries.
Recent privacy and security breaches at major retailers and within the healthcare industry have made security a hot topic. Many companies, whether retail or offering professional services, are pouring money into their privacy programs, with plans to increase staffing in the related departments. Many government jobs also require security training. A variety of programs provide certification in several different aspects of dealing with privacy and security issues.
With the boom in recent years in the fitness industry, this career field has experienced faster-than-average growth. While anyone with an understanding of fitness could aspire to be a fitness trainer, having a certificate—or multiple certs—will prove your level of training to prospective employers.
As the business world becomes ever more global, knowing more than one language can provide a significant career boost. The field of customer service immediately comes to mind when considering where multi-lingual skills would be useful. In reality, many industries can benefit from employees proficient in additional languages. Certification assures an employee completed a specific amount of study and training.
When you invest the time and resources to gain a professional certification, employers and peers are encouraged to take you seriously as a professional. At B. Loehr Staffing, we appreciate the additional levels of training in which our candidates invest. Contact us today about opportunities in the fields of Office/Administrative, Accounting, Medical/Clerical, and Light Industrial.