By Marga Salvador on January 1, 2016
If you’re looking to hire an IT talent for your organization, certifications are an excellent way to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Between two equally qualified job-seekers, the one with IT certifications on the resume is the better candidate because of the following reasons:
- It’s an indication that the applicant takes his IT career seriously;
- It’s proof that he is knowledgeable in that specific technology; and
- He is highly trainable, which is an important trait in the fast-paced IT industry.
Certifications add more value and enhance your employee’s skill sets, which will, of course, benefit your company in the long run. Career-oriented professionals know that in today’s competitive IT jobs market, getting certified is one of the best ways to stand out from their peers.
In the tech industry, there is no dearth of IT certifications to choose from—with close to 1,700 professional affiliations within varying branches and different levels of expertise. Those who know which career path to take need only to acquire the certification required to deepen their knowledge and skills in a particular technology.
As a recruiter, this makes it easier to find the perfect talent to fill any job openings in your company. There are six IT certifications that most businesses can stand to benefit from. These professional affiliations are also some of the best foundations on which to build any IT professional’s career.
1. Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
When it comes to setting the bar for IT Service Management, the ITIL certification is considered to be the worldwide quality standard. It is the basis for running and managing efficient IT departments, providing outlines for non-organizational specific best practices methodologies to help companies establish a level of competency.
ITIL certified professionals are adept at helping companies identify areas that need improvement. More than that, they can also provide solutions, including step-by-step, actionable guidelines on where to make specific changes to increase productivity and reduce overhead cost.
2. Project Management Professional (PMP)
Regardless of size or industry, organizations need employees with the ability to oversee the development of a project—from its inception until its completion. Aside from that, the project must be accomplished within strict timelines without going over budget.
Acquiring a PMP certification is proof that an IT professional has the necessary skills to handle complex tech-related projects on time and budget. It is also considered to be the most important certification for project managers that is globally recognized by virtually any industry today.
3. AWS Certified SysOps Administrator-Associate (Cloud)
As more companies turn to the cloud to help manage business operations, there’s never a better time to have an IT professional who is proficient with the intricacies and challenges of cloud computing.
The AWS certified employee knows how to deploy, manage, and operate the scalable system on the Amazon Web Services platform. This is an entry level certification that demonstrates an understanding of the Amazon cloud solution for the IaaS solutions. Further, it is recommended for any engineer tasked to support AWS-based applications.
4. Lean Six Sigma
Lean Six Sigma certified employees are equipped with the tools and techniques needed to fix processes that cost an organization time and resources. It’s a methodology that enables you to create efficient processes by eliminating wasteful activities and maximizing efforts toward delivering more and better products and services.
Streamlining processes help increase revenue and satisfy customer’s needs. This certification also develops a sense of ownership and accountability—traits that will promote active engagement and participation of employees.
5. Mongo DB Certified DBA
Big data is still in its infancy but is growing at exponential rates. Most organizations expect big data to be a major game-changer in the coming years. This is why it’s important to have an IT professional on board who can manage it. They need to create structured avenues and have the ability to use the tools and applications needed to leverage on big data.
A Mongo DB certification proves that an IT professional is proficient with run-time configuration, processes, scaling, backup and recovery, monitoring, and performance tuning for databases.
6. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
CISA used to be considered by most organizations as a “nice to have,” but that’s changing in recent years. CISA is world-renowned as the standard for those who audit, control, monitor, and assess IT and business systems.
As a designation, it demonstrates a capability to assess vulnerabilities, report on compliance, and institute controls within an enterprise. The spotlight among organizations has been focused on concerns relating cyber security, and a CISA certified employee can help your organization to practice standards and processes that promote confidentiality, software development, and maintain its integrity.
The most successful IT professionals are those who always seek new information and update what they know on a consistent basis.
As technology continuously evolves and changes at an increasingly faster pace, hiring and employing a pool of IT talent that can keep up with these changes will help ensure that your company stays at a competitive advantage.