You may have heard that professional certifications can help accelerate your career goals. But, have you ever wondered whether industry certifications are worth earning?
We think so.
Professional certifications can boost your marketability to employers, increase your skills, and widen your options when re-entering the workforce. While certifications may require some extra effort, the work often pays off in the long run.
Are you trying to re-enter the workforce? Earning professional certifications can help you find the job you want.
What are professional certifications?
Professional certifications are proof that you are qualified to be successful in a certain field. They show that you have the knowledge, experience, and skills to perform a specific job and the tasks you have been trained to do.
There are different types of certifications. Corporate certifications are often used internally by a company to certify the quality of work being performed. For example, a company might require a one-day training for staff members to earn a customer service certificate.
Product-specific certifications are related to a specific product and are often associated with software. Profession-wide certifications transfer with you as you change jobs and show your proficiency in a specific industry.
Evidence that you are qualified comes in the form of a certificate. You earn the certificate by passing one or more tests that have been developed by an organization or association that oversees standards for the industry. Once you complete all of the tasks and pass the tests associated with the certification, you earn the certificate.
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10 ways professional certifications help job seekers
Certifications are available in almost every industry. Are you thinking about earning professional certifications to help you re-enter the workforce?
Here are 10 reasons putting in the work for certifications is worth it to job seekers.
1. You stand out
If you’ve been job searching, you know how difficult it can be to get your foot in the door at an organization. You send in your application, only to get lost in the crowd of dozens of other job seekers competing for the same position.
Professional certifications help you differentiate yourself from the competition. Not everyone carries certificates. Other job seekers may say they have what it takes to get the job done, but you have the paper to prove it.
2. You gain confidence
Certifications validate your capabilities. “Earning your stripes” by completing courses, tasks, and tests gives you confidence. That self-assurance can take you a long way when talking to employers about why you are a qualified candidate.
3. You connect with your industry
Whether you earn a certificate online or go to a physical location, you connect with a community in your field. You meet others who are earning certificates alongside you, as well as those who have already earned certificates and work in the industry. Plugging into these communities provides you with a support system and networking opportunities.
4. You get tools
You often acquire tools that you can draw upon after earning your certificate. These tools can include study guides, manuals, or actual tools that help you get the job done throughout your career.
5. You learn how to teach others
Job seekers age 50 and older offer a unique edge to employers – experience. Top that with a professional certification, and you’ve just become a great mentor to younger workers. As you earn your certification, you are exposed to teaching methods that you can extrapolate from as you progress in your field and work with a team.
6. You will likely earn more money
Professional certifications add value to your portfolio. Those who hold certificates in their industry may earn up to 20% or more than peers who have not earned certifications.
7. You become well rounded
In today’s job market, the more you bring to the table, the better. Experience is a great asset. Paired with the traditional learning from certifications, you show a balance of ability and skills. You also learn new techniques as you complete your training.
8. You show you are a continuous learner
Employers love to see candidates who participate in continued learning. Having a professional certification demonstrates that you are curious, open-minded, and value opportunities to get better.
9. You update your skills
Most industries evolve over time. Make sure that your skills are up to date by earning a professional certification. Honing your current work habits through certificates is also a great way to explain gaps in employment.
10. You show credibility
Professional certifications validate your skills to hiring managers. Employers do not have to guess whether your skills match the role based on your resume alone. A certification reinforces your qualifications because it is more than just your word. It is a document that proves you have demonstrated your capabilities and are ready for the role.
Earn professional certificates through VANTAGE
VANTAGE Workforce Solutions now provides career pathways to individuals re-entering the workforce. In addition to hands-on training and an individual employment plan, participants earn industry-recognized certifications.
If you are 55 years or older, live in one of the 38 Ohio counties we serve and are looking for work, consider getting paid training through VANTAGE Workforce Solutions.
You can earn industry-recognized, stackable certificates at no cost to you to help you gain the skills you need for the job you want. Income eligibility requirements apply. Learn more by calling 1-800-554-5335 or check out our career pathways today.
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