Certifications of various kinds can make an attractive addition to every CV. However, if you really want to make an impression, it is important to know how to format them in a way that highlights them as relevant examples of specialized knowledge and experience. It is a good idea to include only certifications that have something to do directly with the position you are looking for. Once you have decided which certifications fit the bill, list them in their own section at the bottom or the sidebar of your resume and condense all important details into 1-2 bulleted lines for maximum readability.
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[ Edit ] Format your certifications on your resume
- Give your certifications a part of your resume. Instead of trying to squeeze your certifications with your work or education history, click on a whole new section titled "Certifications" where you can list them separately. That way, they will all be nicely organized in one place, so your employer won't have to hunt for them or be forced to pick them out from a jumble of other qualifications. 
- Place your certification section near the bottom of your resume after your more important sections. Alternatively, you can place it on your own in a sidebar.
- List your certifications in reverse chronological order. Remove your new section with the certification you were last awarded, and then work down to your most dated award. Potential employers first want to see your most up-to-date references. 
- This is the same order as your work history and education will appear on your resume. If in doubt, go from the newest to the oldest.
- Provide all relevant details of the certification in 1-2 dotted points. First, print out the full title of the certification, followed by the name of the certification authority, the date it was assigned and finally the site, if applicable. Separate each item with a comma and ensure that all information you include will not fit in more than a few rows. 
- Each row in your certification section should look something like this: • Professional Secretarial Certificate, Association of Administrative Professionals, 2014, Chicago, IL 
- Shorten not the title of your certification (like using "PMP" instead of "Project Management Professional") if you haven't already spelled it out in its entirety. After that it is okay to use the abbreviated form.
- The place name really only applies to state-specific certifications, such as nursing and teaching licenses.
- Mention less important certificates in your cover letter. If you have accumulated some certifications over the years that are not important or just loosely related to your position, you may want to consider listing them in the description of yourself that you are writing to follow your resume. This gives you the opportunity to give further examples of the steps you have taken to advance your career without seeming to be desperate for space. 
- If you once took a training course in web-based PR or stress management technology, you may be referring to the experience as you go through the details of your academic or professional journey.
[ Edit ] Including Right Certification
- List certifications that are relevant to your professional experience. As a general rule, it is best to put some certification on your resume and only if it has any connection to the job you are applying for. A chartered financial consulting certificate, for example, is more likely to impress an employment coordinator for a finance company than a weekend dive or long-distance Reiki master certification. 
- Any certifications you mention that have no relation to your current career path will only take up valuable space that you can use to showcase more important progress.
- This does not mean that the various certifications you have collected over the years are worthless. It just means you get better service by saving them for an updated resume for a job in a related field.
- Make sure the certifications you include are officially recognized. Not all certifications are made equal. Official certifications are always issued and approved by an accredited organization, such as a professional association or academic institution. Since anyone can hand out unofficial certification, they are not worth much from a professional standpoint. 
- Before going for a certain certification, check if the organization to grant it has an insurance mark from a higher certification body. This information will often be displayed high and proud on the organization's website or internal literature.
- Similarly, specialized training can help to round out a detailed resume, provided they were completed by an accredited institution and resulted in an official certification.  Feel free to include academic certificates in your certification section. If you happen to have a pre-qualification certificate in a subject related to your chosen field, your resume is a good place to rock it. Earning an academic certificate shows that you have completed a certain high-level education and testing, which is exactly what certifications are intended to do. 
- Remember to reserve the Education section of your resume for more exemplary academic achievements such as undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
- Look at the types of certifications that are most attractive to employers. Even if you have a number of official certifications, some may be more attractive to your future boss than others. Certifications issued by notable national agencies such as OSHA, FEMA and the American Red Cross tend to receive the most positive attention from hiring directors. If you have the time, money and motivation, you can make a resume with a couple of high-profile certifications potentially boosting your career. 
- Each industry has its own coveted certifications. Do some research to find out which references are most appreciated in your area.
- Examples of some well-known, respectable certifications that can help you scale the company's ladder are Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), English such as second language (ESL), ServSafe food handling and commercial driver's license (CDL). 
- Avoid adding online courses if they did not result in official certification. Online courses are a big gray area for resume writing. A good way to decide whether to list a particular course is to consider what awaits you at the end. If it is a generally recognized certificate or license from an accredited organization, go ahead and include it. If it is some kind of unofficial certificate or simply a better understanding of a niche field, it is probably not worth including. 
- The term "online course" can basically mean everything – there are online courses in hypnosis, animal telepathy, virtual terraforming and web-based pickup art. None of these substances, of course, create good material for resumption. 
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- Find certifications that you think can advance your career or give you an advantage over candidates with fewer references.
- Don't sweat it unless you have no certification worth adding to your resume. While they can improve your outlook, they are not as important as solid education, rich work experience and good references.
[ Edit ] References
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