In a current survey done by CareerBuilder, which involved 546 hiring managers and human resources professionals, found that 36% of the employers use certificates as a way to weed out candidates. These employers did not feel that graduates who lack a relevant certificate could perform the job well. The study found that “certifications had more impact on hiring decisions than college degrees.”
Since most employers are looking for ways to cut cost, hiring less certified or uncertified employees could be a way. There is no question that there are some cases where certification may not have been needed. Then why did the employer chose a person who is already certified over another candidate who was not? It could have been to cut cost.
Most employers do not know which employees are well-qualified for the jobs they are looking to fill until these candidates have been interviewed, sometimes hired and given a trial period at work or maybe even completed their 90 day probationary period. Then, after this time is up, an employer might compare her old job requirements against this new employee’s qualifications and decide whether to keep the new candidate on board or not.
This is a good reason to have a certification since it can be very helpful in getting a job. A certification is a professional qualification that demonstrates that you know how to use certain software, hardware, or other tools that may be required by the employer when he/she is looking for someone to fill a position. Certification can also prepare you for an interview with an employer by helping develop knowledge and skills needed in the workforce, which you may be asked about during the interview process.
The best way to get ahead of your competition is through certification because it will show employers that you are serious about your career and that you are willing to go the extra mile to demonstrate that you have what it takes.