Nov 09

Essential Features in a Resume 7

Occupational Certification
Certifications are available in many fields of work. They are an independent verification of expertise.

Although many are familiar with computer and technical certifications, a wide range exists. Certifications address occupations from interior design to automotive sales.

In addition, you can be a certified public speaker, self-help professional, life coach, and more.

This optional feature reflects your interest in staying current in your field of expertise. Prospective employers can see that you have fulfilled the steps to complete your certification.

Many times, that requires passing a series of standardized tests. Your certification may speak for your work abilities in a particular field. It also shows that you want to be a conscientious and well-qualified professional.

Avoid certifications that are conferred simply by paying a fee.

Examples of Certifications
MCP + Internet (Microsoft Certified Internet Professional)
CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate). ISP Dial, and
Routing & Switching
CompTIA A+ (CompTIA Certified Computer Technician)
CMP (Certified Meeting Planner)

Renewals of Certifications
Once completed, you may need to renew your certification. If your certification has expired, either get it updated, or leave it out of your resume.

You may choose to indicate the beginning and ending time period you were certified instead.

Be prepared to provide your potential employer with information on the vendor or organization providing your certification.

When including your certification on your resume, make sure to spell out any acronyms which might be confusing, or not readily apparent to someone in the human resources department, who might be vetting your resume but not have the same technical expertise as the person interviewing you.

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