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Five qualifications that will move your CV to the top of the stack

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Finding the right job is the biggest dilemma for every graduate. You might have sent several job applications for various openings in your field, but no organisations have honoured you with an interview invitation.

A main problem could be your CV is being overlooked when others have better qualifications and more certifications. Different certifications are available in many industries and can help to move your CV to the top of the stack. The primary aim here is to supplement your career credentials, as opposed to other certifications that are mandatory in your field.

Information Technology certifications

Some key certifications in this area include Comp TIA network+, Cisco CCNA, Microsoft MCSA/MCSE/MCSM, VMware VCP5-DV, and NetApp NCDA. A study conducted by Brainbench in Chantilly revealed that a professional IT with these certifications had better salary increment in the industry of up to three percent. As a job seeker looking to get into the IT field, your best course of action is supplementing your CV with some of these options. It proves your willing to do the extra work and will get you ahead of people the company might need to train.

CPR certifications

The medical field is one of the fastest growing areas of employment. Companies in other industries are also continuously outsourcing experts who can provide medical aid where necessary. Having CPR certification gives you the competitive advantage especially when in the health sector. Basic CPR training is essential for everybody, and not necessarily just health professionals as it covers basic areas such as first aid, to more advanced areas such as ACLS certification, NRP, and PALS certifications.

HAZWOPER training

Hazpower is OSHA regulated training for hazardous waste operations and emergency response services. Trainings are available for employers, labor unions, learning institutions, and the general community whose primary aim is to provide information on how to handle hazardous waste. The level of training offered depends on the degree of exposure, and the nature of work being performed. Today tests and simulators for training are made available online and with special courses provided by trusted companies like National Environmental Trainers. Having this certification would be a plus to your CV, so don’t hesitate looking for a course you can sign up for right away.

Earn an Associate’s degree

An Associate’s degree can be earned in less than two years in the US and is a great way to show your dedication to education, even if you can’t afford a full four years at university. As long as you have some higher education, you can enroll for degree classes in any field online or at community colleges. It is a simple, inexpensive way of advancing your skills, education, and your CV to the top of the stack.

Learn a language

Companies more than ever are recruiting multi-lingual candidates to create an international image and to expand their business reach. Consider enrolling for various language classes or train as a tutor or transcriber. Your extra skill set in languages can set you apart from other candidates and earn you a place in an industry you’re truly passionate about.

Today’s job market is highly competitive and it can take a lot to stand out. Use these ideas to gain extra certifications, improved education, and more skill sets that can improve your chances of securing a job.

How did you move your CV to the top of the stack? Let us know in the comments below.

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Brooke ChaplanFive qualifications that will move your CV to the top of the stack

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