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To Certify or Not to Certify… That is the Question

There are many reasons to consider improving your game with new certifications, especially in the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) space. It can widen your job opportunities, expand your general knowledge of ERP systems, and perhaps get you a foothold in a new tech niche. But not all certifications are equal. When does a certification bring significant value, and when isn’t it worthwhile? You want to determine if it’s worth the cost, time, effort, and expense. Below, we’ll look at different reasons to certify or not to certify. 

The Case for Certification

Tech professionals should strongly consider pursuing certifications for a multitude of compelling reasons. These certifications provide not only a distinct competitive edge but also facilitate career progression while serving as a tangible validation of one’s skills and expertise. Whether you are embarking on the initial stages of your professional journey or navigating transitions within software realms that are gradually embracing legacy status, opting for certification in an emerging or well-established ERP system can prove to be a judicious decision. Before making your choice, it is advisable to reflect on your personal interests and aspirations. Take into account the burgeoning technology sectors and evaluate if your existing skill set seamlessly aligns with these domains. Additionally, assess the abundance of employment prospects associated with the chosen ERP system.

Getting a certification in a specific ERP shows that you have made a commitment to that system. Recruiters and hiring managers know certifications cost money and time. Further, in some tech fields, that first level of certification may be the “price of admission.” Even if it doesn’t have high value, not having it could get in your way. Maybe it doesn’t open more doors but not having it could prevent doors from opening. 

Do Your Homework First

Certain certifications are more challenging to obtain and demand a greater amount of effort. Consequently, it is crucial to thoroughly investigate their worth within the market. Thankfully, there are abundant resources available where you can access such information.

Contact the certifying organization directly.

Why is the certification considered valuable? What are the associated costs? How does one pursue the certification? Could you outline the process, including the time needed for preparation and completion? Additionally, which ERP or HRIS certifications are worth considering, and who are the certifying organizations? Some examples include certifications from Oracle, Workday, Salesforce, ServiceNow, SAP, Microsoft, J.D. Edwards, and NetSuite.

Talk to recruiters

Staffing professionals are on the frontline every day. They speak with hiring managers and HR partners and know what they want in candidates. They have their pulse on the marketplace so when requirements start to shift, they are often the first to know.

Get Active on LinkedIn

Look for professionals in the ERP space that interests you. What certifications do they have, especially if they are in a higher-level position? Reach out to them and ask for their thoughts on the value of these certifications. 

Network Yourself

Again, LinkedIn is a good place to start. Look for groups that are specifically focused on the ERP that interests you. Use tech professional sites like Fishbowl to ask others what they think about the certification. You’ll get honest answers.

After doing your due diligence, you’ll be in a stronger position to decide if a particular certification is worthwhile for you. Not only will you end up knowing a lot more about that ERP system, but you will also have gained new contacts that can help you find a job in the field. The key lies in aligning your personal aspirations, skill set, and career goals, with the certifications that hold the most promise within the market.

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