To Certify or Not to Certify

By | Feb 24, 2008

That is the question.  The certification I’m talking about is the Certified Professional Secretary (CSP) or Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) certifications offered by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAA).

There are a variety of reasons to go the route of certification.  The main one, though, is job fluidity.  Let’s face it, in today’s economy and culture, people don’t stay at the same job or company for their entire careers any more.  They move on for more money, better working conditions, career growth, or are forced out in the dreaded layoff.

Let’s be honest, when you apply for a new job, odds are your resume will receive an entire 15 seconds of perusal by the person sorting incoming resumes.  If you’re really lucky, it might get 30 seconds.  You need something to help you stand out in the crowd.  A technical certification can certainly do that.

Obviously, you don’t have to be certified to get a job.  I’ve never had a problem finding employment despite my lack of certification.  But then, I also have 20 years of experience in the  field, and that tends to stand out.  If you are newer in the administrative field, being certified can help pump up what might otherwise be seen as an average resume to one that gets an interview.

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