Quantify Your Skills and Boost Your Chances of Getting An Interview
Whether you are currently searching for a job or know life is likely to take you there in the future, office software certifications add clout to the ‘Technical Skills’ section of your resume.
While Microsoft Office is still the most widely used office suite, and therefore the most strategic certification to start with, a few alternative office suites offer certifications as well.
Quantify Your Skills to Get More Interviews
Nearly every resume lists ‘Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.’
As an interviewer, I realized that this same phrase can mean an applicant knows how to concatenate a complex formula in Excel or merely how to open the program and save. When I really needed someone who knew their stuff, resumes stating a credential such as Microsoft Office User Specialist really rose to the top of the stack. Someone without a certification could have been a rock star spreadsheetist, but when time was at a premium, I chose those who identified themselves for me.
This is why a certification can quantify your claim, and get you closer to an interview.
1. Microsoft Office Suite Certifications
This iconic suite is still head of the pack. In fact, according to Forrester Research, most alternative office software developers and users agree that their non-Microsoft tools are still appendages, not replacements, for their productivity.
This means Microsoft Office certifications are your best bet for market coverage. The core Microsoft Office certification is the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS or MOUS); however, Expert designations are offered for some programs.
For a full description of your options, refer to Microsoft’s Certification Site for how those Expert exams must be combined with additional exams for you to attain the certification level of Expert, or even Master.