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8 Certifications to Impress Recruiters in 2020

8 Certifications to Impress Recruiters in 2020

Whether you’re searching for jobs in Vancouver or abroad, certifications can help your resume stand out among the crowd. A certification will not only validate your skills but even allow you to earn 5-10% more on average than uncertified peers.

But with the abundance of online programs now available, which certifications actually make a difference in the job market? These 8 certifications are sure to improve your job search and make recruiters take notice.

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Certificates in Web Development

Information technology is a field known to offer some of the highest salaries on the job market. According to the most recent Value of Certification Survey from Pearson VUE, 35% of IT professionals increased their salary as a result of certification. Over 90% recommended certification for an IT job search. Here are the top certifications in web design.

  1. AWS Certified Solutions Architect

    Amazon Web Services offers this highly sought-after cloud computing certification. Given the widespread use of AWS in IT jobs in Vancouver, this certificate is a great resume booster. The exam focuses on creating and implementing scalable systems using AWS while balancing cost effectiveness with security, quality, and reliability.

  2. Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

    The MCSA certificate is created with entry-level IT workers in mind. If you’re looking to break into the IT job market, this certification will strengthen your chances of attracting job offers.

  3. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

    Cisco products are used in multinationals and mid-sized companies, so certified professionals have many opportunities in their job search. CCNAs have the ability to quickly deploy networking technologies and ensure their efficient operation. Once certified, you can choose an area of specialty such as CCNA security, CCNA voice, or CCNA wireless.

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Certificates in Information Security

A 2019 survey of 500 Canadian corporations revealed that 71% had been the victim of at least one cyber-attack in the last year. This means that the job market is full of opportunity for data security professionals, with salaries to reflect their essential role. Consider one of these certifications in this important and growing field.

  1. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

    To defend a network against hackers, you’ll need to think like one yourself. This certification tests your capacity to identify network and cloud vulnerabilities and guard against attacks. With cybersecurity jobs in Vancouver paying between $80-150k, having the tools and skills to succeed in this field is a very lucrative opportunity.

  2. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

    This certification has been compared to a master’s degree in IT security and is often a hiring prerequisite in the field. CISSP is the mark of a seasoned veterans of IT security, requiring five years of full-time paid experience to attain. This is invaluable in the job market and can secure you a salary ranked third highest globally in 2019 [7].

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Certificates in Business

Certifications in the business field can be a great way to access higher paying job markets and make your skills stand out in a job search. Though 85% of IT professionals have at least one business certification, choosing the right certification is key. Make sure you choose one that matches your goals.

  1. Project Management Professional (PMP)

    Opening the door to the industry’s top jobs in Vancouver requires internationally recognized credentials. PMP certification represents demonstrated understanding of project management’s unique language and processes. It also connects you to a growing community of experts and professional organizations. Those with a PMP certification also report earning 20% more than uncertified project managers.

  2. Salesforce

    The popularity of the Salesforce platform in customer relationship management (CRM) has made Salesforce experience a requirement for many jobs. Salesforce offers certifications in areas such as administration, development, marketing, and consulting. Choose a certification that will help your job search and take your career where you want it to go.

  3. Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)

    Those working in HR can reap serious benefits from professional certifications. Statistics show that 45% of HR generalists became managers within five years of CHRP certification. From 2007 to 2011, the number of job postings to Hire Authority Canada that required a CHRP certification also grew by 87%. Clearly, in the field of HR, this is the golden standard of certifications.

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