5 Reasons Why Employers Look for IT Certifications

by Keith Greaves | Jul 29, 2016
5 Reasons Why Employers
Look for IT Certications
 
The person with the certification is
the one that is going to get hired.”
- Robert Blanchard, Director of Support Services
Aspen Skiing Services Co.
 
Ever wonder what employers are looking for as they read through hundreds of resumes?
How do I get my resume to stand out?
What qualifications do
I need to get an IT job?
Where should I start?
What will get me noticed?
CompTIA spoke with over 400 companies to get the inside scoop on why
employers look for IT certifications when hiring for open positions.
Source: Burning Glass Technologies
There are more than half a million
IT job openings in the US alone.
 
91
%
of employers believe IT certifications play a key role in the
hiring process and that IT certifications are a reliable predictor
of a successful employee.
Here are 5 reasons why:
Source: CompTIA HR Perception of IT Training and Certification Study: 2015
1. Certifications
help employers
fill open
positions.
2. Most companies
have IT staff
that hold
certifications.
3. Certified IT pros
make great
employees.
4. IT certifications
are growing in
importance.
5. Training alone is
not enough.
 
93
%
of employers said finding the right IT pro to fill job openings
is a major challenge.
Certications Help Employers
Fill Open Positions
Certications help prove you have the knowledge and
skills needed to get the job done…
…and since 93% of HR professionals say they value IT certifications, this type
of credential will really stand out to your future employer.
92% of HR professionals have a certification in their own field. This proves the
person looking at your resume sees certification as an important credential.
93
%
92
%
Source: CompTIA HR Perception of IT Training and Certification Study: 2015
 
Certications make it easier to help find the right IT pro. By including
IT certications as a requirement in job listings, employers reduce the
number of unqualied resumes they receive.
60% of employers
use certifications to
confirm subject
matter expertise.
60
%
72
%
72% of employers
require IT
certifications
for certain job
openings.
67
%
67% of employers
use certifications
to measure a
candidate’s willingness
to work hard and
meet a goal.
Source: CompTIA HR Perception of IT Training and Certification Study: 2015
 
Certifications make a great first impression.
Employers overwhelmingly agree that certified IT pros make the ideal job candidate.
92
%
believe IT certifications help to ensure credibility of IT employees.
95
%
agree that IT certifications provide a baseline
set of knowledge for certain IT positions.
90
%
said IT certifications enable IT employees
to learn faster once starting a job.
91
%
think IT certifications save time and resources
in evaluating a potential IT job candidate.
92
%
said IT certified individuals receive higher starting
salaries than those without IT certifications.
Source: CompTIA HR Perception of IT Training and Certification Study: 2015
 
Most Companies Have IT Staff
That Hold Certications
Research shows certified employees are:
More confident.
More knowledgeable.
Reach job proficiency quicker.
Are more reliable.
Perform at a higher level.
Experience has
shown that
employees hired
with certifications
work smarter
and stay at their
position longer.
Over half of organizations already have certified IT professionals on staff.
Source: CompTIA HR Perception of IT Training and Certification Study: 2015
 
Certied IT Pros
Make Great Employees
Employers agree that certified employees perform better and earn
more recognition as compared to non-certied staff. From the
perspective of an employer:
89
%
think IT-certified individuals tend to perform better
than non-IT-certified individuals in similar job roles.
88
%
say that IT-certified employees are rewarded (bonus
and pay increase) for obtaining IT certifications.
90
%
agree IT-certified invidiuals are more likely to be
promoted than those without IT certifications.
89
%
believe certified employees are more likely to stay
with their organization than non-certified IT staff.
Source: CompTIA HR Perception of IT Training and Certification Study: 2015
 
16% 52% 32%
6% 51% 43%
Certification is a good baseline validation of
what was learned that can be looked at against
employee’s performance post certification.”
IT Certications Are
Growing In Importance
Employers increasingly recognize the
importance of IT certications. 94% of HR
managers expect IT certification to grow in
importance over the next two years as compared
to only 84% two years ago.
2011 2014
94
%
84
%
Source: CompTIA HR Perception of IT Training and Certification Study: 2015
 
Employers agree that you need a certication to validate your skills.
88% of employers believe its important to test after training to
confirm knowledge gains.
Training Alone Is Not Enough
cite at least one specific benefit of certification testing rather
than training by itself, such as:
• Better validation of knowledge learned / skills.
• Increased value / credibility of the training.
• Increased / improved knowledge.
• Demonstration of abilities.
• Skills and knowledge retained for a longer period of time.
98
%
Source: CompTIA HR Perception of IT Training and Certification Study: 2015
 
97% of employers value certification enough
to provide support for IT employees obtaining
IT certification.
Types of support
employers provide
to IT staff
pursuing
IT certification
37% provide
training at work.
36% pay for all
certification and
training expenses.
34% offer paid time
off for taking the
certification exam.
31% offer paid time
off for studying/
training.
Offering training and certification
allows us to demonstrate commitment
to our staff. We get much more out of
the money we spend in those areas
than we would if we simply passed
that money along in salary increases.”
–BAYCREST CENTRE FOR GERIATRIC CARE
97
%
Source: CompTIA HR Perception of IT Training and Certification Study: 2015
 
With the number of open IT positions
expected to increase by 17% by 2022, its
inevitable that IT certifications will continue
to play a signicant role in the hiring process.
Getting yourself certified is the best way
to future proof your IT career.
Working in the IT
industry, you need
to get yourself
certified.”
- Linus Charles,
Managing Director, CNSS
Expect success with IT certications.
17
%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Employment Statistics
 
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