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I strongly believe that technical certifications are necessary for IT professionals, today there are millions of people across the world having experience in their respective areas (java, dotnet, oracle database, etc) and for an organization its really a great challenge to screen and shortlist the candiddates among hundreds of applicants. So certifications have become a must for an IT professional, and we all have seen these advertisements as ‘ITIL certification is highly desirable’, ‘PMP certification will be valuable’,  ‘ISO/IEC20K Lead auditor certified professionals are preferred’, etc.

So how does a HR (Human Resource) analyst shortlist the candidates for a respective job, it is based on:

  • Number of years of experience in the specific technology domain
  • Technical certifications holding by an individual
  • Stability of an employee in his career
  • % of marks obtained in his universities
  • Unique achievements made by the candidate

Generally people think that “I don’t need any certification to prove my knowledge” or “I have enough experience, through which I know everything”. May be, but how does an HR analyst understand that a candidate knows everything or he/she is a master of that specific area?

Hence for that reason certifications have become a must for individuals in many industries. Irrespective of whether you are a CXO/ Top level manager/ Middle level manager/ Operational manager/ operational staff. When a person is standing in the queue for a job, he is definitely evaluated through the above mentioned qualities. Apart from getting jobs there are many more advantages of having certifications, like:

  • You will learn many more new things, in your respective areas,
  • Your organizations will be proud to represent you in very big and important projects,
  • It will help you to distinguish yourself from other professionals,
  • It will enable you to get good salary,

In my humble opinion, certifications show a specific level of knowledge and a presumption of technical expertise on a specific area. To know more, check out this article: http://lifehacker.com/will-a-certification-really-help-me-get-a-better-job-633263230

Kiran Kumar Pabbathi has 10 plus years of experience, he is a Master in business administration (IT), Bachelor in Computer Applications, and a certified professional in ITIL Expert, PRINCE2 (Foundation and Practitioner), Six Sigma Green Belt, ISO/IEC20K Foundation, Cloud Computing Foundation, TMAP Foundation (Test Management Professional), MCP in SharePoint 2003 Customizations, and MCTS in MS Project 2007. He is the author of the books: "PDCA for ITIL" published by TSO, UK (available HERE and also HERE) and "Guidance for ITAM" published by Servicemanagers.org (available HERE at Amazon). He worked for various conglomerates in the IT industry focusing on ITSM domain, which gave him detailed insight of ITSM, ITAM (IT Asset Management), IAM (Identity and Access Management), Quality assurance, Project management, Test management, and Technical writing. Currently, Kiran works as an IT Process manager and ITIL Trainer in Shanghai Bizenit Information Technology, China. You can reach him on Linkedin (click here)