Many professions have certifications associated with them. Getting certified means that you have gained a certain level of achievement within a profession. When you look at job descriptions you’ll notice that certifications are listed under required or preferred skills for the job. If you’re in the process of looking for a job, it might be time to get that certification.
While you’re getting certified you’ll be taking classes with other individuals who are working in your profession. What better place to network to find out about possible job openings at their companies. Not only that but getting certified will give you a leg up over other individuals looking for the same job who aren’t certified.
Below I’ve listed some of the more common certifications.
Information Technology certifications:
ISACA – used to stand for the Information Systems Audit and Control Association but now only goes by its acronym to reflect the broader range of IT services. The ISACA offers the following certifications:
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
Cyber Security Nexus – CXS Certificate and CX-P Certification
(ISC)2 – is an international association focused on a safe and secure cyber world. The association offers the following certification:
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
System Security Certified Practioner (SSCP)
Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)
Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)
Health Care Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP)
Citrix Certifications include associate, professional, or expert classifications.
VMWare Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)
Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) Routing & Switching
Cyber Security certifications:
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) manages the following certifications:
Certified Network Defender (CND)
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU)
Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO)
PMI – Project Management Institute provides the most recognized project management certification.
Project Management Professional (PMP)
Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt and Master Black Belt
Six Sigma is a process of analyzing defects in a production/manufacturing process. There is also a Six Sigma process for improving existing processes and a slightly modified version for new processes.
No standards organization owns it and there is no standard certification exam. Organizations can certify an individual for simply taking a course or participating in a project. In addition, universities and for-profit groups offer training.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants owns the Certified Public Accountant certification.
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
The Certified Financial Analyst Institute owns the Charted Financial Analyst certification.
Human Resources certifications:
The Society for Human Resource Management owns the following certifications:
Certified Professional (CP)
Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
Senior Certified Professional (SCP)
Not only will getting certified give you a leg up when looking for a job but many certifications will require that you take a certain number of hours of continued education each year in order to retain your certification. Attending the education classes will give you the opportunity to network with people who are working in your profession so that you can continue to keep on top of job opportunities.
There are a few ways to find a certification that might be right for you.
1. Google “certification” and your profession.
2. Check into a professional association and see if they provide a certification.
3. Review job descriptions to see what certifications might work for the types of jobs you’re interested in.
One other way to research certifications is to contact managers and request an informational interview to discuss what certifications they might recommend. You might even end up finding a job while you’re at it.
In summary, getting certified might be the fastest way to getting your next job.