IT Certifications, People Still Believe in Them?

As someone who does all the hiring for the IT department, I can tell you that certifications are not on the top of my list for hiring. Here is how I prioritize.

1. Experience: This trumps everything right here. How long have you worked on Windows 2000 server? Can you solve real world problems? I tend to test candidates on real world issues to see how they would react. Typically, the inexperienced people with certifications can’t answer questions like this.

2. Education: A degree from an accredited university can work wonders. Those people who have a degree have shown they can see a project through and have a pretty diverse education. Obviously, a masters degree is better than a bachleors. The degree can matter if they have a degree in political science and are applying for a computer job without much experience.

3. Certifications: The worth of these has went down quite a bit. Mainly because there are a lot of people who left high school to get an MCSE in hopes to make the big money right away. What you have is a book learned computer certification that will be obselete in a year or so. There is no real world experience, trial and error, or problem solving in these things. However, if you have a certification with experience and a degree, that changes things. You have a good balance of all 3, then you will beat out competition for a job when some candidates only have experience and an education without the certifications.

Certifications can’t carry your resume on its own. However, they do help carry a resume when you have 8-10 years of experience and a 4 year college degree.

Just my .02 cents.

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One Reply to “IT Certifications, People Still Believe in Them?”

  1. Certs are mostly useless because they’re based on perfect little, internal lab situations in perfect little worlds… that have absoluterly no relation or bearing on what actually happens in production out in the real world.

    That’s the biggest problem with certs — they often don’t actually prepare you for anything that you’d ever encounter or use, because we live in the Real World and certs live off somewhere in Fantasy Land where the programmers and designers are perfect, flawless, and never do anything wrong.

    — Primis.

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