Stating professional qualifications on your resume

You may have noticed that an increasing number of employers within certain industries are requesting professional qualifications, which can certainly impress on your resume.

Are you considering undertaking some professional qualifications? As well as providing you with industry specific skills, they also demonstrate your commitment to learning and assist you in advancing your career.

If you’re actively seeking a new role, qualifications such as NVQs, the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) and the RSA Computer Literacy and Information Technology (CLAIT) qualifications are very much in demand.

Of course, seeking professional qualifications requires time and money. However, some employers do offer you full support in terms of fees and time off for exams, so that you can complete qualifications alongside your working responsibilities. Completing qualifications on a full/part-time or distance learning basis is also an option. Whether or not employer support is possible, it’s important to consider the long-term benefits of professional qualifications, including future earnings potential.

Many industries also invite individuals to become members of professional organizations, once they have completed appropriate training and spent a significant period of their working life within the industry. Again, membership of professional organizations should be included in your resume.

Vocational and professional qualifications are often just as important as a degree or other formal studies for many industry sectors nowadays, providing the skills you need to directly enter a specific industry sector.

Professional qualifications look great on your resume if you’re actively seeking a new role, wish to enter a new industry or are simply looking to invest in your career. They can make your resume stand out against the others in the crowd and help demonstrate a willingness to progress in your career and secure a suitable new position.

Written by Pardeep.