If you’re looking for some great ways to add some real beef to your resume, getting certifications in your skillset is a great way to do it.
I wanted to share with you all about a company I’ve been following for a while: Brainbench.com. Brainbench is an interesting organization because its list of certifications seems so extensive. Not only can you get certified in C+, but check out the certification in “English Language Comprehension” or “Interpersonal Communications.” It’s my belief that if there is a skill set out there, they seem to have a certification test for it.
All this to say, that is there is a specific job that has specific needs, how much juicier is it to say “Certified Sales Professional” instead of just bland “Sales Professional?” Plus, they constantly are offering free tests, so at the very least you can sign up for their newsletter.
Of course, there are other companies and organizations that have certification programs. First, check through any associations that you might belong to — for example, I am currently working on achieving resume writer certification through the National Resume Writer’s Association. And of course, there are specific software programs that offer certifications as well (such as Microsoft). I am a firm believer in taking advantage of all options.
Now, these suckers aren’t free, so choose your tests wisely. In today’s economy, do your homework to find the most respected and legit courses out there.