6 Certifications To Add To Your Resume to Give It A Boost

By Victoria Robertson on January 12, 2019

When it comes to building your resume, it’s always in your best interest to include as much relevant information as possible. Essentially, you are looking to make yourself appear as a top-notch applicant, and by far one of the best ways to do that is to include certifications on your resume.

But with that being said, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of certifications, as there are so many out there that are available to you. So where do you begin?

To help get you started, here are six certifications to add to your resume to give it a boost.

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1. HR Certifications

Just because the position you are applying to isn’t an HR opening doesn’t mean that an HR certification isn’t useful.

In fact, HR certifications are some of the highest regarded in the business world. Human resources is a department on its own, but the knowledge is universal, meaning every industry (for the most part) shares the same, common standards in terms of their business practices.

For that reason, having a strong background/knowledge in HR as well as those endorsements on your resume is without a doubt in your best interest and will likely set you apart from the competition.

2. Project Management Certifications

Again, regardless of the position you are applying to, project management certifications are so important to include on your resume.

Any department head wants to bring on somebody that is capable of taking on a management position, either down the road or immediately, and having a project management certification on your resume demonstrates your readiness to do this, even if your job experience doesn’t quite yet.

Project management is another item that spans across industry and position, so no matter what you are applying to, it’s going to be relevant.

3. Software Certifications

When it comes to applying to a position, you typically will list out your experience with different software and other technical components. That being said, if you’re able to endorse those skills with certifications, you’ve just set your resume further apart from the competition.

Many employers want an individual that’s tech savvy and that is capable of using similar software that is used by the company itself, so if you can list that experience and include a certification that demonstrates your knowledge, they are going to have very few questions as to whether or not you could quickly catch up with their systems.

4. Marketing Certifications

Slightly less universal, but still ultimately useful, marketing certifications are a strong addition to any resume. While they do work better for certain positions over others, it’s a good resume addition no matter what.

While these certifications aren’t as important as some of the above, these certifications do demonstrate your ability to connect with a brand or company and to promote it from within. So while this is best for those seeking marketing positions, this is a useful certification as well that gives your resume that slight boost that you’ve been looking for.

5. Sales Certifications

Again, you don’t have to work in a sales position in order for a sales certification to be considered useful.

Sales, at its core, has to do with promoting something: either your company, a position, a product or service, etc. Therefore, no matter the position you are applying to, having this experience highlighted in your resume is going to be useful, universally.

If you and a candidate are similar in every single way except that you have certifications in sales, an employer may be more likely to consider your candidacy for an interview, simply due to the increased experience, no matter how slight.

6. Technology Certifications

Last, but not at all least, boosting your resume with technology related certifications is one of the best things that you can do.

Nowadays, employers are seeking employees that are technologically savvy and that can demonstrate their abilities in their day to day role. Whether you have highly regarded capabilities (i.e. HTML experience) or more common knowledge (i.e. certifications with certain platforms), this experience is worth highlighting on your resume, and the more certifications you can associate with that knowledge, the better off you are.

Basically, it comes down to how well you can sell yourself on paper, and certifications are a fantastic way to do that.

Again, building a resume is a challenge, but it’s essential to your candidacy for any given position. So where do you begin in boosting your resume outside of your job experience?

Always begin with certifications, as these not only demonstrate your ability to learn, but also showcase your strengths and willingness to expand your horizons. There are so many certifications out there and available for your perusal, but these six are a great starting point.

Good luck and happy resume building!

Victoria is a dedicated writer who graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She currently writes freelance pieces for various sites and works in Marketing for Myndbee Inc., promoting their current mobile app, Picpal.

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