ATMAE: Certification Puts One Resume Ahead of all the Others in the Springtime Jobs Race

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Spring is in the air and graduation is right around the corner. Which means job hunting is on the minds of soon-to-be graduates of Technology and Applied Engineering Programs. What will make one resume stand out amongst all the rest? In the race to get the best job, ATMAE recommends earning at least one of the professional certifications that are offered for graduates of two year technical and four year technology/applied engineering programs.

Professional Certifications ensure a qualified candidate ready to bring the most to a new position

I feel having this certification on my resume will provide me with the edge over other applicants. Jason, CTM (recently certified Graduate, job seeker)

Spring is in the air and graduation is right around the corner. Mom and Dad have been checking up to make sure applications are going out the door, because Mom really doesn’t want to turn her workout room back into a bedroom. It’s time to find a job. Not just any job. It has to be the perfect job that utilizes all of the skills that have been honed to precision over the last four years.

So, the resume is organized, a list of references are set to go, and a cover letter with just the right balance of current business terms and industry lingo that sounds relevant, but not overbearing, is ready to go out. Getting the right job should be a snap. Right?

Not so fast. This spring, thousands of recent college graduates, with the same college degree, will be hitting the job fairs, friends of friends and the online career sites to find the same perfect job.

Huh? You have a degree in hand and a transcript full of all of the right classes showing a mastery of the skills needed to do the job. There was even an internship and extra classes. Guess what? It is the same information on every resume sitting in the hiring manager’s inbox.

How does a resume stand a chance to stand out?

Printed on neon paper? Is neon back in fashion, ever? Air Horn? Too loud and might scare the other employees. Overnight Priority delivery? The mail room just throws away the packaging.

The best option? ATMAE recommends earning at least one of the professional certifications that are offered for graduates of two year technical and four year technology/applied engineering programs.

Professional Certifications provide employers with evidence that an individual:

  •     has achieved a nationally recognized standard of excellence
  •     goes above and beyond the minimum expectations
  •     is committed to the profession
  •     has a skill set that allows the new hire to add value to an organization on day one
  •     strives to stand out as the best
  •     is highly motivated and interested in keeping up with the latest technological change

All professional certifications are not the same. But what are the attributes of a good certification?

Go to the certifying organization’s website and see if there is a recent list of current certified members. While at the website also look for the following:
1.    Does the organization revalidate the exam on a regular basis?
2.    Does the exam reflect the current technology and standards?
3.    Does the applicant need to meet stringent guidelines such as earning a college degree in the discipline and provide evidence of continuing education to maintain certification?
4.    Is the Board of Certification composed of professionals from the industry?

Jason, CTM, a recently certified ATMAE member, says’ “It's no secret the job market is very saturated, not only with new graduates, but also experienced professionals. On one hand you have a college graduate who will potentially bring youth and vigor along with a fresh ideas and modern techniques. On the other hand you have the experienced professional who has been in the ‘game,’ thus this employee will have “industrial” knowledge over the college graduate and may be able to hit the ground running sooner than the graduate. In the end, the employer will always be looking for a quality of significance.
In many ways when an employee puts forth the effort to become certified, this in turn will provide separation or a quality of significance from other applicants applying for the same job posting.

I feel having this certification on my resume will provide me with the edge over other applicants.”

The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) is an international organization that sets standards for academic program accreditation, personal certification, and professional development for educators and industry professionals involved in integrating technology, leadership and design. For more information, visit our website at http://www.atmae.org.

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Mindy Fernandes
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