5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 21, 2017 7:13 AM by Scott RSS

    Value of the Certification?

    Brandon

      This question is more for anyone that works for Cisco.  What has Cisco done to educate companies (Mainly HR in various companies) about the value of the CCNA Cyber Certification?  This certification holds no value to any employer if they (usually HR) don't recognize it as having any value.  Just saying that the biggest hurdle is getting your resume past the HR department.

       

      I appreciate anyone's response.

         
        • 1. Re: Value of the Certification?
          Shelldon.Copper

          The certificate is new, its normal for HR folks not to know it.

          but you are missing the point of the training, the point is to gain experience and skills required in a security analyst/incident response job role.

           

          so, a certificate. any certificate wont guarantee you a job. experience and skills does.

           

          as far as recognition for the CCNA Cyber Ops, I'd wait at least a year for that to happen. because its still very knew (one of the two books for the certificate hasnt been published).

          • 2. Re: Value of the Certification?
            robertdrysdale

            Building on what Shelldon said, your resume really should speak about your skills and accomplishments. Education and certifications are good ways to load your resume with keywords HR departments and recruiters are seeking, but the bulk of your resume, and especially your cover letter, should be focused on defining your skills, and describing how you have successfully used those skills.

             

            It's hard when you have new skills you want to showcase and little experience to back it up. It's still a good idea to demonstrate how you successfully used your old skills to solve problems. You can follow up by explaining how you want to use your new skills to solve new problems. I can assure you the person ultimately doing the hiring, and usually the interviewing, will love to hear how you can solve problems. This is even more true if you know what problem they are having and can explain how you can solve it.

             

            Figuring out what problems a company is trying to solve can be difficult. If you can't find out in advance by researching the company or talking to people in the department, you can still use your interview to your advantage. During every interview you will have opportunities to ask questions. Take these moments to ask about the projects they are working on or are planning. In almost every case this will give you an opportunity to highlight how your skills can help. It's okay to ask about the projects they have in progress, and many businesses want candidates to ask these questions.

             

            In my opinion certifications have relative value, and it's highly situational. CCNA Cyber Ops certification would be very valuable when applying for a position in security operations center. It probably wouldn't be as valuable as when applying for a job supporting a specific application or non-security platform. If your goal is to work in a security operations center at a large company or an ISP this is probably the certification to have on your resume.

            • 3. Re: Value of the Certification?
              Brandon

              Thanks for your response.

              • 4. Re: Value of the Certification?
                Brandon

                Thanks for your response.

                • 5. Re: Value of the Certification?
                  Scott

                  If you're worried about HR, they'll see CCNA and completely miss the fact that it's not R&S.