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February 20, 2017
How to Showcase Certifications on Your Resume and 3 Reasons Why You Should
February 20, 2017
In my recent post, ‘How to get TCP/IP Certified’ I offered some guidance on how you go about obtaining a certification on Cybrary. I first discussed the three general steps and then turned my focus to the TCP/IP Micro Certification specifically.It made logical sense to then consider what to do with your certification once you’ve earned them. Of course, you should add it to LinkedIn and include them on your resume.That got me thinking, though. Is there a best practice for showcasing certifications on your resume? My answer is yes.After reading the recently released State of Cyber Security 2017, which reports the results of the annual ISACA global cyber security survey, my yes became that much more definitive.“This report identifies that the key factors that enterprises consider when hiring individuals for cyber security positions are practical skill competency and certification attainment. Therefore, an appropriate hiring strategy that emphasizes performance-based certifications that require practical applicant cyber security skills is key to successfully filling open positions.”It is becoming clearer and clearer that certifications can be the make it or break it when it comes to hiring manager choosing between you and another candidate.
3 Reasons Why to Add Certifications to your Resume (As if you Needed More Reasons) Are:
- They can make for a better interview. Especially if your certification is unique, it invites conversation, but be prepared to answer. Some talking points would be- your motivation for getting certified, key takeaways from the course, what you can do now that would couldn’t before, and how your certification is applicable in your current or potential role.
- Certifications display a relevant set of skills. If you haven’t gotten the chance to put your new skills to use, focus on how you could use them in your new role. An outline of those reasons is a good place to start. Review key talking points and give yourself a refresher prior to the interview.
- Shows a motivated character and a dedication to learning. Exactly the type of qualities hiring managers are looking for. Skills are key of course, but emphasizing these traits can also go a long way.