IT certifications matter, but validating them can be tricky

IT certifications matter, but validating them can be tricky

Summary: Companies rely on information technology certifications when hiring workers, but have trouble validating and evaluating credentials, according to a survey by CompTIA.

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Companies rely on information technology certifications when hiring workers, but have trouble validating and evaluating credentials, according to a survey by CompTIA.

Among the core details from the survey:

  • 64 percent of IT hiring managers rate IT certifications as having high value in validating skills.
  • 80 percent of human resources manager believe IT certifications will become more important over the next two years.
  • 44 percent of hiring IT managers say that verifying a potential worker's certification is a challenge due to the time required.
  • 38 percent say certification verification is a challenge due to the effort required.

The survey was based on roughly 1,700 responses from HR and IT executives.

Update: The full survey doesn't go beyond the headline figures too much, but does include a bevy of key charts. Among the key slides:

What your IT cert says about you...

What IT managers think of certs...

And what gets you the job.

Topics: Enterprise Software, CXO, IT Employment

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  • Validating Plus Real World Experience.....

    I know people who have IT certs that couldn't configure a router if they had screenshots in front of them to do it.....

    This is reminiscent of the boot camp MCSE's of the mid-late 90's that flooded the market in droves..you'd get a guy who had their MCSE and pay them $75,000 a year only to find out the guy has no real world experience other than sitting in a classroom for an entire weekend having terms and questions shoved down their throats.
    Ron Burgundy
    • RE: IT certifications matter, but validating them can be tricky

      Good point, Ron. In addition, though, what about the manager who hires someone simply because they have an MCSE, and doesn't even realize the new hire doesn't have any real world experience. Managers need to be able to tell the difference between someone with abilities and experience, and someone with certifications. Could be that we need more managers that have abilities and experience, as well as IT people.
      LadyGray
    • Yah...I know a guy w/ IT certs...

      @Ron Burgundy

      and had trouble installing XP on a SATA drive.
      SonofaSailor
    • The value of the MCSE...

      is you can remove the r?sum? from the pile and move on.

      It's the sign of the IT dunce.
      Richard Flude
  • Validating certs are mandatory for us.

    After going through many resumes where people lied about their certifications, we always check them just as thoroughly as we do education and prior work history. There are too many people out there who think nothing of lying.
    terry flores
  • RE: IT certifications matter, but validating them can be tricky

    Time to break out the books and start studying again.
    Loverock Davidson
    • I'll be damned.....

      @Loverock Davidson

      For once, I actually agree with you!
      nbahn
  • I find certifications don't really matter

    They are good at getting resume past the people screening them using key word searches based on certifications. But once you get the interview the value of the certification is greatly reduced as no hiring committee will take a certification at face value. Anyone can get certificate but not every with a certificate can do the job. That greatly reduces the value of certificates.

    As there are ways to write a resume to catch the key words with out actually having the certification then you really don't need the certification. As long as you can demonstrate you skills effectively that's all you really need.

    Got my certifications, had a whole list of them when I got into the IT field. Helpful then but not so much now.
    voska1
    • Don't underestimate them

      @voska1

      As a hiring manager, if I have two people in contention for a job, certs can be the tie-breaker. And like you say, I won't even see a resume without the minimum qualifications, HR doesn't even send them to me.
      terry flores
      • RE: IT certifications matter, but validating them can be tricky

        @terry flores

        For us when it's a tie it comes down to personality. Which person would fit better personality wise with the team. Hiring a jerk can hurt productivity more than hiring someone with a little less skill that you train on job.
        voska1