How certifications can be helpful in improving your career path and hire-ability

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Career Certificates are generally verifiable proof of skills or education that can help you move up in your current job or improve your chances of getting hired for a new job. They can be industry specific or more general. Depending on the skill involved they can sometimes be obtained in a relatively short period of time. Examples include software programs, project management, construction trades and dental assisting.

When determining which certifications are necessary or preferred for the job you want, it is important to do some research. You could start by talking to people currently working in the field and looking at job announcements and descriptions and see what they specify. The library has tools to help you find out what certain jobs require: the Occupational Outlook Handbook and Learning Express Library. Library staff are available to help you use these resources.

Many certification programs involve fees. Make sure any organization offering certificates is valid and accepted by the industry you are interested in before spending money on it. Sometimes you can find scholarships or other help in paying these fees. In some cases, your current employer may assist in this kind of professional development if it increases your knowledge and abilities in your job.

Multnomah County Library has two resources to help you study and prepare for certain certifications: Linkedin Learning for Libraries and Learning Express Library.

Library staff can help you do research about your chosen field requirements and investigate organizations that provide certificates. Contact us to ask questions or book a One-on-One appointment.