Are you a recent college grad, trying to find your first information technology job? Or maybe you are a network engineer that is considering your next career move. By achieving the appropriate IT certifications for your career path, you can make it easier to find your next IT job opportunity. Learn what IT certifications are in most demand and how you can leverage them with recruiters and employers.
What IT Certifications are Most in Demand?
Once you have decided the direction of your technology career, ie: networking, security, cloud, software development, then choose the professional certification that matches your experience level. Examples of highly desired IT discipline-based certifications are listed below:
CGEIT – Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT
PMP – Project Management Professional PMP
CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional
Today’s Trends & Employer Needs
When our IT recruiting team is speaking to employers that are searching for contract or permanent IT professionals, here’s what’s on their shortlist of desired certifications:
Networking: Cisco CCNP – Cisco Certified Networking Professional
Cloud: AWS Certified – Amazon Web Services Certified
Security: CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional
You’re Credentialed, Now What?
Technical staffing companies and IT recruiters are searching for candidates just like you! You should make it easy for them to find you with these three simple steps:
Step 1: Update your LinkedIn profile.
When adding your credentials, write out the entire certification name and use the acronym. Example: CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
If the vendor supplies a certification icon, make sure you use it on your LinkedIn Profile, business cards, email signature, and company biography.
Step 2: Update your skills section in LinkedIn.
This is how information technology recruiters search for candidates with your certifications.
Step 3: Leverage LinkedIn for your career search.
By nurturing, building and leveraging your LinkedIn network on a continual basis, it’s much easier to reach out to them for career advice or job search help when you need it because they are already engaging with you. Learn more in our “Keys to Leveraging Your LinkedIn Network,” article.
Chart Your Next Career Move
Don’t wait for an opportunity to find you, reach out today to the experienced information technology recruiters at Open Systems, Inc. Our IT recruiters are well connected and informed on the latest placement opportunities and are continually looking for certified IT professionals like you. Connect with one of our IT staffing specialists today.