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What Certifications and Training Make You Stand Out to Employers?

What Certifications and Training Make You Stand Out to Employers?

Showcasing your achieved certifications or training are key accomplishments that greatly help you to qualify for the job you are applying for. According to an article from Indeed, qualifications can be defined as: “The requirements a candidate needs to qualify and be successful in a specific role. You typically earn qualifications through experience, education and training in your industry or role.” 

In the rapidly evolving job market, the right certifications and training significantly boosts an individual's professional trajectory. Elisa Burgos-Ojeda, Learning and Development Manager at nTech Workforce, provides expert insights into how these educational pursuits elevate a candidate’s appeal to potential employers and impact career growth. 

 

HOW DO CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS CONTRIBUTE TO PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND MARKETABILITY? 

According to a recent Coursera report, Advancing Higher Education with Industry Micro-Credentials: “88% of employers agree or strongly agree that a professional certificate strengthens a candidate’s application.” 

Certifications and training programs are key to broadening one's skill set and enhancing marketability. "They represent an investment in skill development and provide tangible proof of professional growth," notes Burgos-Ojeda. This structured approach to learning complements on-the-job experiences, offering a more comprehensive development framework. In a world where industries and job requirements are constantly evolving, staying abreast of the latest knowledge and techniques through certifications is a game-changer for many professionals. 

 

HOW CAN INDIVIDUALS STRATEGICALLY CHOOSE CERTIFICATIONS THAT ARE HIGHLY VALUED AND ALIGN WITH THEIR CAREER PATH? 

Selecting the right certification requires a strategic approach. According to Burgos-Ojeda, the focus should be on programs that emphasize practical skills and real-world applications. “Seek out certifications that not only teach but also allow you to apply and refine these skills in a practical setting,” she advises. 

Additionally, understanding one's career trajectory and consulting with industry mentors or managers guides the selection process. Certifications that align with current industry demands and future trends add immense value to a professional's portfolio. A Forbes article suggests: “You must first identify what skills are in high demand within your industry.” Stay updated on in-demand industry skills by networking with mentors and experts, consulting industry reports, monitoring job boards and career blogs, identifying common skills in job descriptions, and seeking insights from employers and hiring managers.  

 

IN WHAT WAYS DO EMPLOYERS VIEW CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING DURING THE HIRING PROCESS? 

Certifications increase candidate credibility and showcase ambition. According to an article from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education, “Adding additional skills or certification from a professional development program to your resume is one way to boost your confidence in your skills and show your credibility to employers.” 

From an employer's perspective, certifications are a testament to a candidate's dedication to their field. “Employers value certifications as they indicate a proactive approach to learning and skill acquisition,” Burgos-Ojeda adds. However, the key is to demonstrate how these learned skills are applicable and beneficial to the potential employer’s objectives. It's not just about the certification; it's about how it translates into value for the company. 

In a previous edition of nSider, How Do Staffing Agencies Screen Candidates, Steve McNamara, Director of Talent Delivery states: “While many positions come with some degree of training, throwing someone into the deep end of a new job when they are not sufficiently qualified immediately tanks the likelihood of successful retention.” 

 

HOW CAN CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING IMPACT CAREER ADVANCEMENT AND SALARY NEGOTIATIONS? 

When it comes to career advancement and salary negotiations, certifications play a pivotal role. “They serve as leverage in demonstrating your added value to the organization,” says Burgos-Ojeda. Presenting how your newly acquired skills contributes to solving company-specific challenges or drive innovation makes a strong case during performance reviews or salary negotiations. It's essential to articulate not just what you've learned, but how it directly benefits your role and the company at large. 

 

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

In today’s dynamic job landscape, continuous learning and upskilling are more than pathways to career advancement—they are necessities. Certifications in emerging technologies, leadership skills, or specialized industry knowledge sets you apart in a competitive field. Moreover, the pursuit of new qualifications often signals to employers a commitment to excellence and a forward-thinking mindset. 

Networking opportunities that arise from training programs and certification courses also offer substantial career benefits. These platforms connect you with peers, mentors, and industry leaders, opening doors to new career opportunities and collaborative ventures. 

Furthermore, investing in certifications and training demonstrates adaptability and a willingness to embrace change—qualities highly valued in the modern workforce. As industries evolve and new technologies emerge, professionals who exhibit a continuous learning mentality are often those who thrive. 

 

GROWTH AND ADAPTABILITY 

Certifications and training are not just accolades to add to a resume; they are indicators of a professional's commitment to growth and adaptation in an ever-changing job market. By strategically selecting relevant certifications and effectively applying and communicating these new skills, professionals significantly enhance their appeal to employers and pave the way for career advancement. 

For more guidance on taking control of your professional development, visit the nSider blog, How Can I Network to Make Meaningful Professional Connections

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