dcsimg
 
 
 
 
 
 

Do IT Workers Lie About Tech Certifications?

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-23-2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Previous
    Do IT Workers Lie About Tech Certifications?
    Next

    Do IT Workers Lie About Tech Certifications?

    CIOs need to do a better job of making sure that their employees aren't fibbing when they indicate that they've earned specific tech certifications.
  • Previous
    Critical Factor
    Next

    Critical Factor

    62% of IT leaders said they consider tech certifications as "important" in making hiring decisions.
  • Previous
    Growth Driver
    Next

    Growth Driver

    59% consider tech certifications as important in making decisions about the development of staffers, and 48% said the same about promotion decisions.
  • Previous
    Compensation Criteria
    Next

    Compensation Criteria

    69% said they factor in certifications when coming up with an employee's salary, and 30% do this "always" or "often."
  • Previous
    Spotty Check
    Next

    Spotty Check

    Just 26% of IT leaders verify workers' certifications "always" or "often."
  • Previous
    Fudging Facts
    Next

    Fudging Facts

    Only 52% of IT pros say their certifications are accurately reflected on their resumes "always" or "often."
  • Previous
    Top Factors in Considering the Pursuit of Certifications among IT Pros
    Next

    Top Factors in Considering the Pursuit of Certifications among IT Pros

    Long-term career growth: 40%, Compensation impact: 18%, Hiring prospects impact: 16%
  • Previous
    Degree of Distinction
    Next

    Degree of Distinction

    45% of IT leaders said security-related certifications provide the most value, and 43% of IT pros agree.
  • Previous
    Next
    Next

    Next "Most Valuable" Certifications among IT Leaders

    Programming/development: 22%, Project management: 21%, Software engineering: 10%
  • Previous
    Footing the Bill
    Next

    Footing the Bill

    74% of IT pros feel that employers should pay for tech certifications, and 65% of tech leaders agree.
 

A surprising minority of CIOs and other IT leaders actually check to see if their staffers' claims of tech certifications earned are actually true, according to a recent survey from TEKsystems. But they should—because many IT pros admit that they do not always report this information accurately on their resumes. The lack of verification could result in long-term consequences, as the majority of IT leaders take into account tech certifications in making decisions about the hiring, developing and promoting of their staffers. Among the certifications most in need: Those related to cyber-security, programming and development, project management and software engineering. Given that many organizations pay for these educational opportunities, CIOs need to do a better job of making sure that their employees aren't fibbing when they indicate they've earned them. "(Organizations) need to be more diligent in actually verifying certifications in order to avoid getting trapped in a certification shell game," said Jason Hayman, research manager at TEKsystems. "Additionally, IT professionals need to understand that the value of certifications does not end with the accreditation itself, but in their ability as employees to bring that knowledge and expertise to bear on their job responsibilities." More than 300 IT leaders and 900 IT pros took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
 
eWeek eWeek

Have the latest technology news and resources emailed to you everyday.

By submitting your information, you agree that cioinsight.com may send you cioinsight offers via email, phone and text message, as well as email offers about other products and services that cioinsight believes may be of interest to you. cioinsight will process your information in accordance with the Quinstreet Privacy Policy.

Click for a full list of Newsletterssubmit