For those in certain professions like teaching or public safety, employees are almost always required to pass a few benchmark certification courses. However, there are even more job sectors like IT, where premium level, industry-recognized CompTIA certifications are not always a prerequisite for hiring.
So, why bother getting certified, right?
Hold up there for just a second. Core certifications, such as those earned in training like The Total CompTIA Core Certification Prep Bundle ($39, over 90 percent off) may not be demanded by a top-notch employer, but they go a long way toward rounding out how your new boss sees you.
- You're qualified. Get a CompTIA ITF+ (FC0-U61) certification in basic IT knowledge and skills like software and hardware, networking, security, and mobile devices and it shows you at least understand the core principles of the job.
- You're committed. Nobody's going to just take certification courses like CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) or CompTIA A+ Core 2 (220-1002), developing expanded skill sets in system configuration, troubleshooting and more unless they plan to make a true career of their abilities.
- You follow through. It's one thing to take a CompTIA Network+ N10-007 course, learning about current and upcoming networking technologies. It's another to pass the exam. That kind of sticktoitiveness is a spotlight on personal character that quality companies recognize.
- You're promotable. Earning a CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 certification as a system threats and vulnerabilities specialist says an employee is interested in growing as a professional and ready to take on increased responsibilities.
Plus, it never hurts anyone's self-esteem to know they've been certified as an expert by one of the premier IT oversight bodies in the world. Of course, a savings of hundreds of dollars off this bundle's regular price isn't too shabby as an incentive either.