The Value of Red Hat Certification: What You Should Know
The IT industry is dynamic. Companies are constantly seeking a competitive edge–and that starts with hiring the best educated, most highly trained and proven employees. It can be difficult to differentiate yourself from the crowd.
Unless you have achieved Red Hat Certification.
Red Hat certification allows IT professionals to affirm that they have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed. After all, employers seek only the best of the best.
If you are an IT professional or a student who aspires to join the ranks of IT professional, you might want to consider Red Hat certification.
Here’s a look at why the certification is valuable and what you need to do to achieve it:
Employers want Red Hat certified IT professionals.
Companies around the world need IT professionals who can innovate, execute, and keep up with the pace of innovation, which has never been faster.
Unfortunately, a resume doesn’t always tell the entire story. That’s why employers turn to Red Hat’s database of certified IT professionals. Companies know that people with Red Hat certification have the practical knowledge and skills to succeed–and they hire them.
It’s not a one-size-fits-all certification.
One of the things that elevates Red Hat certification above the others is the breadth of expertise areas IT professionals can specialize. There are more than 30 certifications available, ranging from server hardening to high availability clustering to system administration to the cloud.
Whether you are an administrator, engineer, architect, developer, or application administrator, you are likely to find a certification that fits your interests and expertise–and appeals to your current or future employer.
Certification sends a powerful message.
An exceptional education, experience and a track record of success are all important elements when it comes to landing your next IT job. But in all honesty, you’ll likely be going up against a lot of applicants that have those same attributes.
Earning Red Hat certification is a great way to stand out from the crowd.
Because achieving certification requires you to demonstrate tangible knowledge and skills on an experiential- and lab-based exam, you’ll be demonstrating that you have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to do the job–and do the job right.
The exam isn’t about simply answering a series of questions. It’s about proving yourself against a rigorous and well-respected test that simulates real-world challenges. It’s a challenge only the best of the best are typically willing to take on and overcome. And it impresses employers.
There might not be a more important certification.
The IT profession offers a plethora of certifications, but only a few are considered the gold standards. These are certifications perceived to have more value, and Red Hat certification is one that is certainly considered to be among the best.
It is consistently listed among the most well-respected and important certifications by industry publications (such as IT Business Edge) and well-sourced industry bloggers (such as Ed Tittel of VM Turbo).
In fact, IT Business Edge calls Red Hat certification “one of the most prominent Linux certification programs, if not the most prominent.”
The publication likes the fact that Red Hat is performance-based. You will actually have to perform specific tasks on a live system.
Each year, many people make the decision to differentiate themselves from other IT professionals by achieving Red Hat certification. Some fail, but those who put in the time and effort it takes to prepare succeed and go on to reap the respect and reward.
While it does take focus and determination to achieve certification, it is achievable–because the exam is entirely practical. It’s not designed to trick you or make you question your skills and knowledge. In fact, it’s designed for you to show off your talents.
The same principles that apply to success in other exams apply to the Red Hat–practice, practice and practice some more; keep your eye on the clock; leave time at the end to check your work; be confident.
If you do these things–and use the skills and knowledge you’ve developed in school–you can join the ranks of the IT professionals considered to be among the best of the best.
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If you are interested in launching a career as an IT professional–and then achieving Red Hat certification—connect with ECPI University’s Professional Development Center today. You’ll build a solid foundation from which to build a rewarding and long lasting career.
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