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Feb 24 2011   5:10PM GMT

Recent CompTIA Study Sheds Interesting Light on Employer Views on IT Certs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

In an early February press release, CompTIA shared some insights gleaned from a recent survey it performed that involved 1,700 hiring managers and HR staff at businesses and organizations of all kinds and sizes in the US, UK, and South Africa (see IT Certifications Grow in Importance in Hiring Process, but Employers Challenged by Evaluation, Validation Issues, CompTIA Study Finds for the complete text).

Press Release banner from CompTIA Website

Press Release banner from CompTIA Website

Here are some of the high points from that survey (full text of the survey results are available to CompTIA members, but not to the general public):

  • 64% of hiring managers rate IT certs as having “extremely high” or “high” value in validating skills and expertise.
  • 80% of HR professionals “…believe IT certifications will grow in usefulness and importance over the next two years.”
  • Some hiring managers hold a perception “…that the HR department does not have a solid understanding of IT certifications.”
  • Some organizations report that “…verifying a job candidate’s credentials can be a challenge due to the time involved …” (44% of hiring managers) “… and effort required (38%).”
  • “Experience, track record, and accomplishments rank as the most important factors when evaluating job candidates…” was a key conclusion from this study.
  • “…education and credentials such as certifications also rank high. For example, 86% of hiring managers indicate IT certifications are high or medium priority during the candidate evaluation process.”

To me, these results strongly validate what I’ve said all along about certifications during the job application and interview processes: It isn’t the having of certifications that counts, it’s what they enable you to do, the problems they enable you to solve, and the skills and knowledge they bring to the job for you that really count. Remember this as you write your resume and cover letter and go through the interview process and you’ll definitely come out ahead!

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