Tom Sweeney

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Posts Tagged ‘Certifications’

Mandatory Requirements: No room for flexibility

Posted by sweens on April 6, 2009

Well once again I am working on a Project Management role and have had to turn down top quality candidates because they lacked a mandatory requirement.  Typically, Project Managers are not considered for contracts because they lack a PMP certification.  It really should be a PMP certification or equivalent experience (whatever that may be).

 

Unfortunately mandatory requirements on Government contracts are not negotiable and if you do not meet them will not be considered.  It is frustrating when you come across a quality candidate that does not have a particular product but has a comparable one, or a Project Manager who does not have a PMP designation but has been a Project Manager for 25+ years. Clearly they can do the job! 

 

Certifications are the biggest blunder for candidates being turned away on opportunities.  A certification – while useful – really means ‘get it, and then I will look at your CV’. 

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Certifications… Are they really all ‘that’??

Posted by sweens on January 23, 2009


Today’s blog is going to deal with certifications and how they can impact your resume. Certifications are becoming more and more of a ‘requisite’ in the market these days and I suspect that this mentality will only get stronger in the coming months.  While I and many of my colleagues are not ‘hung up’ on certifications, the labour market and employers these days certainly and putting a huge emphasis on certifications.

 

Certifications can offer many things to many people both from the employee and employer stand point.  When we think about reviewing or assessing a resume it is almost like someone checks for the certification and then decides to proceed with reviewing your experience.  Rather then reviewing your experience and then checking to see what certifications you have. 

 

While I do not necessarily agree with this method of assessing resumes, so many positions these days require certifications and the reason for that is because so many people have them.  Whether it is an MCSE, PMP, ITIL, CISSP CMMI, etc; there are more and more people within the work force who have these certifications/designations now.  This has lead employers to demand these certifications when they are looking to bring in new candidates.

 

IS THIS GOING TO CHANGE?

 

My personal opinion is that this trend will continue to grow rather then weaken.  The reason I feel the market will continue to sway that way is because with more and more people hitting the street due to current downsizing initiatives, people will look to increase their odds of gaining employment in the future and in order to better there chances they will turn to certifications.

 

I believe that once IT does return to a high level of employment, there will be more people with certifications then those without certifications.  That situation will likely increase the demands employers will put on certifications.  It is for that reason that you can not simply think about your current situation with your employer because you may not be there forever and when you leave, how attractive are you going to look for future employers?

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